Cate is an experienced Strategic Partner and Advisor who has worked extensively at senior levels in the defence, security and cyber sectors. She has advised on policy, strategy and delivery of large and high profile programmes and change initiatives, and provides coaching to senior leaders in both corporate and government departments.
Following her Masters in Engineering from Churchill College, Cambridge, Cate joined the UK Ministry of Defence working across engineering projects and international policy. This included work on Eurofighter Typhoon, submarines and surface ships, as well as policy for UK support to the South Caucasus during the Rose Revolution in Georgia, and Civil Contingencies and Emergency Response for the EU and NATO.
Cate moved to Management Consultancy in 2006, first at PA Consulting then leading Ernst & Young’s Government Cyber and Security Business. Here the focus was on helping clients with their most challenging transformations and programme deliveries. Highlights have included work on Olympic Security, High Value Exports and the National Cyber Security Programme to name but a few.
Cate has recently returned to PA Consulting to lead the Digital Trust and Cyber Security Transformation capability; helping clients understand what is important as they grow their organisations in an increasingly fast moving and digitally enabled world.
Cate is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and has published and spoken widely on the challenges to cyber and security.
She lives in Hampshire with her husband and stepson and enjoys flying light aircraft, Argentine Tango and is working on her wine cellar.