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Biography

Positive Psychology Coach, Educator and Artist,

with specialist training in mindfulness for children.

With over a decade of experience in the visual arts, social design and education, Kate works as a Positive Psychologist, Coach and and Art Teacher. Named as Kingston's Entrepreneur

of the Year in 2018 and interviewed on BBC 1 television (2019) about her work, Kate brings

the science of Positive Psychology and practice of mindfulness into learning environments, workplaces and communities, through coaching

and the visual arts.

Kate's vision is a world where all children and young people learn the skills and the science that supports their resilience and enables flourishing. A world where creativity and wellbeing are positioned alongside academic studies, and the happiness of young people is considered the

most important outcome of all education.

 

Kate holds a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design and an MSc with Merit in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She has completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course with London Mindfulness Centre, and a Teaching Mindfulness to Children course with Calm for Kids.

An avid researcher, Kate has studied numerous short courses, including Developmental Psychology with the University of Queensland.

During her Masters degree, Kate founded SketchBetter - a small art and wellbeing school. Under the SketchBetter brand, Kate led a team of graduate volunteers to run popular clubs and workshops for children and families at Cass Art in Kingston for a year, before being offered permanent studio space at Alexandra School in Kingston Upon Thames.

Given her own atelier at Alexandra School, Kate worked as the school's Art Teacher for three years, teaching classes of 30 students across Years 1- 6, about art and wellbeing. Managing a small team of art teachers, SketchBetter also held sell-out after-school clubs in Art, Design, Textiles and Photography, and ran a weekly Open Studio for children to work freely on self-directed projects. SketchBetter's goal was to allow every young person access to a creative space where they were supported to steer their own creative learning.

Passionate about student's leading their own learning, Kate supported numerous young students to realise dream projects, including facilitating two 10 year olds to produce a stop-motion animation for a local arts festival, a group of young dancers to perform on BBC television, and three budding fashion designers to create their own catwalk show at a local theatre.

 

In recent years, Kate has worked with clients, including Cass Art, the Turner Contemporary, Action for Happiness, Hackney Teaching Schools' Alliance, St George's University, Ignite! and The International Youth Arts Festival. She has spoken on BBC 1 Sunday Morning Live, at Kingston Rotary Club and at Bournemouth Arts Institute.

Kate lives in Surrey with her fiancé Sam and their two cats, Rocket and Miró. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, yoga, meditation, reading, drawing and weaving.

Contact 

077 6665 8517

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Formal Education

Educational Courses

2016 - 2018 

MSc Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology (Merit), University of East London

2003 - 2006 

BA(Hons) Graphic Design (First)

The Arts Institute at Bournemouth

 

1995-2001

A-Level: Art (A); Resistant Materials (A)

GCSE: Art (A); English Lit (A); English Lang (C); Geography (A); French (B); Maths (B); Science (BB); IT (B); Resistant Materials (A*)

Aylesbury High School, Aylesbury

Professional Training

2020 • Child Mental Health Awareness

CPD Accredited, HSQE Ltd

(postponed due to COVID)

2020 • Advanced Safeguarding Children (Levels 1&2)

CPD Accredited, HSQE Ltd

(postponed due to COVID)

2019 • The Zones of Regulation®

Teacher Training Curriculum Workshop

2017 • Schools First Aid Course (including epi-pen administration), St John's Ambulance

2016 • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 

London Centre for Mindfulness 

 

2015 • Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Calm for Kids, London         

Enrolled • Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health

The University of Sydney, via Coursera.org

Enrolled • Introduction to Child Psychology

The Open University, via Open.edu

Enrolled • Psychology of Personal Growth

Hong Kong University of Science & Tech, via edX.org

Current • The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

SDG Academy, via edX.org

Current • Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Princeton University, via Coursera.org

 

2020 • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (82%)

The University of Queensland, via edX.org      

 

2015 • The Power of Vulnerability

Sounds True and Dr Brene Brown, via Udemy.com

 

2015 • Positive Psychology

UNC-Chapel Hill, via Coursera.org

 

2015 • What Future for Education? 

UCL Institute of Education, via Coursera.org

 

2014 • The Science of Happiness (86%)

UC Berkeley, via edX.org