Catherine leads the Business Partnerships team based in the University’s Strategic Partnerships Office, working with business partners and colleagues from across the University to cultivate high impact partnerships. Previously, Catherine worked in senior leadership roles in commercial and not for-profit organisations and has founded two successful companies. Catherine holds a PhD and maintains an active research interest in catalysing learning between universities and industry.
Catherine conceived and implemented the ThinkLab pedagogic model and co-founded the University of Cambridge ThinkLab programme alongside Professor Chris Young. The pedagogy of ThinkLab builds on the concept of the Change Laboratory developed by Professor Yrjö Engeström and the notion of Relational Working, developed by Professor Anne Edwards. Since launching the programme ThinkLab has been commissioned to disrupt thinking and facilitate a range of organisations to achieve positive social change, from developing a digital reading business model for national charity, The Reading Agency, to designing a new housing policy for the Royal Society of Arts.’