Kate is Head of Corporate Projects for Stobart Group. With a background in culture and creativity, Kate has lived and worked in Europe as an independent regeneration expert with the European Commission on major transnational projects in employment, social cohesion and regional development. Originally trained as an actress, Kate studied at Theatre Royal Stratford East. She later became Associate Director at Liverpool Playhouse and then Founder Director of Brouhaha International Festival in the 1980s. Kate is a Churchill Fellow, FRSA and is Chair of both the Atlantic Gateway and the Thames Gateway, South Essex Growth Partnership and is also on the Board of Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership.