A chartered accountant and a graduate of Leeds and Reading Universities, Katy joined Business in Focus as Chief Executive in November 2012. Business in Focus is a not for profit organisation which provides practical support for new and existing businesses in South Wales. With a team of 92 personnel, Business in Focus delivers the Welsh Government’s flagship business support programme, Business Wales and also owns and manages some 330 business tenancies across South Wales.
Katy’s career with international accountancy and advisory firm KPMG spanned over 20 years, for the last seven as a director, There she led teams delivering audit, grants advisory and corporate finance services to a wide variety of businesses in Wales and across the UK, ranging from major subsidiaries of international groups to owner-managed indigenous businesses.
An experienced leader and manager, Katy is committed to people development and motivation and had a key role in KPMG, Cardiff achieving Investors in People status. In 2000 Katy’s achievements were acknowledged when she became winner of the Welsh Woman of the Year Management Achievement Award.
From 2004 to 2008, Katy was a member of the Board of Trustees of Chwarae Teg, the charity which promotes the role of women in the workforce in Wales. Katy was appointed Chief Executive in April 2008. During her tenure the organisation grew from 13 to more than 60 strong, delivering the £12.5 million European and Welsh Government funded Agile Nation Project.
Katy was the President of the South Wales Society of Chartered Accountants for the year ended May 2011 and is a member of the ICAEW Wales Strategy Board. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of Cardiff Metropolitan University.