Catherine’s career spans over 25 years in social economic development, where her particular passion has been to support young people and communities gain the skills and opportunities to reach their potential and so enabling them to contribute in the wealth creation of their local communities. She has always been passionate about working with young people and communities having started life as a volunteer youth worker after studying in Bristol and travelling.
Catherine’s role within the EN:Able Futures team is as our our Employment & Skills Executive. Prior to this, until December 2016 Catherine worked as Director of Programmes for the National Youth Agency (NYA), championing youth work and the provision of quality support and services for young people.
When working at Cityworks, a ‘not for profit’ company based in Hull supporting local people into employment through local opportunities, Catherine, together with colleagues co-created Futureworks (Yorkshire) CIC Ltd (now EN;Able Futures CIC) – a social enterprise to provide a flexible and high quality service in the provision of apprenticeship opportunities for young people within the Construction Sector. She has previously worked for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, leading on economic inclusion programmes prior to its abolition in 2010.
Catherine is Vice Chair of local children and youth charity Child Dynamix based in Hull, having served as a long standing ‘trustee’ for a number of years following her work as Executive Director for the Preston Road Regeneration Programme. Prior to uniting with Efficiency North, Catherine was an original trustee for EN:Able, the charity arm of Efficiency North who continue to support the delivery of social value to communities across the Yorkshire and Humber. She also remains a keen supporter for the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, and an ‘Ambassador’ for the UK Rock Challenge, an inter-school youth performance competition where over 20,000 young people participate annually.
Catherine has worked in the voluntary, public and private sectors and has a deep understanding and significant experience of the opportunities and challenges each sector brings together with direct experience of collaborative working in order to deliver results.