Alongside her Chair role, Cathy also has a Ministerial appointment as the independent Chair of Community and Business Funds for the Government’s High Speed 2 (HS2) project and is a leading social policy advisor.

In her advisory role, Cathy works with a range of not-for-profit organisations, particularly the national Power to Change Trust that supports community businesses, and the international Savannah Wisdom Foundation that tackles social inequalities.

Cathy’s previous experience includes Non-Executive Director (NED) for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Executive of Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, and interim Chief Executive of the national Cohesion and Integration Network charity, working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.