Kathryn was appointed as an interim non-executive director in May 2014 and as a substantive non-executive director from May 2015. Kathryn is the senior independent Non-Executive Director. She also chairs the Charitable Funds Committee and is a member of the audit committee.
Kathryn is a patron of Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield and a patron of St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield. A former High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Kathryn is a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire. She has been involved in Health Services since 1994 chairing the Community Health Trust in Sheffield, the Strategic Health Authority in Yorkshire and the Humber and from 2011-2013 she chaired NHS North of England.
Kathryn, a former lecturer in law, was the first woman to be appointed a Pro-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield and the first female Chair of Council at the University from 2007-2013. Kathryn remains connected with the University as a member of the alumni board.
Kathryn was Honorary Colonel of the Sheffield Universities Officer Training Corps from 2008-2014. A Magistrate since 1975 she chaired the Family Panel at Sheffield and the South Yorkshire Panel of Guardians ad Litem for 8 years. Kathryn retired from the bench in 2015. Kathryn has had associations with a number of charities including Scope, Victim Support and Birthright.