With over 25 years of cross-sector senior leadership roles, Kathy has been the Chief Executive of The Association since April 2012. Throughout her career Kathy has championed the need for whole-person and whole-system approaches to the design, development and delivery of services; across health, social care and wider community, and is an advocate for true coproduction.
Kathy sits on several National Boards, representing the interests of the mental health voluntary and community sector providers. Kathy currently sits on the Department of Health and Social Care's Covid-19 Social Care Stakeholders Group and chairs the Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group, which brings together key stakeholders from the sector. She is also the current Chair of the Care Provider Alliance and co-chairs Health Education England's Peer Support Workers Oversight Group.
Kathy qualified as an Occupational Therapist in the early 1980s practising in both health and social care. In the mid-1990s, she moved from being the Head of Occupational Therapy Services into a modernisation and development senior management role across adult and older people’s services. In 2005, Kathy moved into the Voluntary and Community Sector as a Director of Strategic Development where she was involved in looking at policy and influencing services at a local, national, and European level.