Kathy’s husband Phil was diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia six years ago, and took ill health-retirement two years ago. This prompted Kathy to take part time employment, therefore giving them more time to spend together and with their family, and to give Kathy time to use her skills to support Ataxia UK.

She is an FMAAT qualified accountant, and was both co-opted to the Board of Trustees and elected Treasurer on November 2018. For the last 11 years, Kathy has worked as Head of Finance for Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association: a not-for-profit organization with charitable status caring for elderly people in and around Harrogate.

In her spare time, Kathy is an active member (and secretary) of her local WI, and plays organ and sings at their local church.