Kate is a freelance music education consultant. Until 2017 she was Head of Creative & Professional Practice at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where for over ten years, she managed a wide-ranging programme of vocational and specialist training. Kate is active in her local community as a parish councillor and director of the Meltham Carlile Institute – a hub for arts and community activities which includes the Meltham Community Choir which she established in 2015 and more recently, a Singing for Health group. Kate studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

A longstanding supporter and specialist practitioner of the Orff approach to music education, Kate has contributed to many Orff UK workshops and summer schools. She was chair of the Orff Society UK 2000-2007 and is currently Editor of the Orff Times. Her consultancy work has included projects for Channel4 Learning, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Foundation for Youth Music.