Kate Willsher
Kate Willsher
Chief Operations Officer
IfM Engage Ltd, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Kate studied English and Drama at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds. Her early career was spent in Cambridge based technology start-ups.  Prior to joining IfM Engage, she worked in Public Relations for a Regional Development Agency, for a Cambridge MP and in recruitment. 

Her areas of expertise include Human resources, recruitment, leadership and management, particularly focussed on building a positive and productive culture in the workplace. Responsible for relationship building, networking and partnership management, Kate is an ACAS-trained mediator and a mentor. 

Kate won the 2019 Whitehall Industry Group Leadership Impact Award and also judges for the Make UK Apprentice of the year awards. She has also been on the judging team for the Primary Engineer leader's award for schools.