Kate Clayton-Hathway – Associate
Kate is a researcher, facilitator and trainer with specific expertise in diversity and equality and extensive work experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Her early career in HR and benefits consulting has given her strong communication and project management skills. As a trainer, and also tutoring management courses for the Open University Centre for Widening Participation, her students and trainees have included senior management teams, ESOL learners, people with learning disabilities and young people. Since 2004, Kate has provided freelance research, project management and consultancy on equalities issues for organisations ranging from equalities consulting firms to a refugee charity. Her focus is on qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups, along with desktop research such as literature reviews and research materials design. Her interest in equality extends to voluntary work, as chair of a group campaigning on national and global human rights and also founder and coordinator of a local equalities networking group. She gained a first class BA (Hons) degree in Social Change in 2003 which included research on poverty and exclusion and inequality in education. In September 2009 she gained a distinction in her MA in Equality and Diversity which combined practical management skills around organisational diversity with the theory and development of UK social policy. Kate also works for Oxford Brookes University as a qualitative researcher on a wide variety of projects relating to equality and diversity.