Veterans Community Worker North-East England and FWP Safeguarding Officer
Kate served in the RAF for 12 years (plus 4 years previously in the RNXS), leaving in 1996, prior to spending 25 years as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in mental health services.
Kate identifies as LGBT+ and having served prior to the lifting of the ban is well aware of the difficulties and challenges faced having been one of the ‘hidden’ who felt the need to deny their true self in order to do the job they felt so proud in doing that of serving their country. During her OT years, she encountered many veterans requiring treatment, support & input and is well versed in the difficulties encountered by ex-forces personnel.
Kate is a strong advocate for LGBT+ issues, becoming involved in this community, and is currently thoroughly enjoying being part of Northern Proud Voices, a community choir based in Newcastle for LGBT+ and allies. Having just moved back up to Tyneside after many years away she is getting immersed in revitalising her garden, getting out and about in the beautiful countryside, and remembering just what a friendly and social hub Newcastle is. Kate is very proud to be a member of the Fighting With Pride Team and is looking forward to the positive work we can do within and for our family of LGBT+ veterans.