Kath is a founder member of Substance. She was lead researcher on the North-West Positive Futures case-study research project, which involved extensive fieldwork with a third sector organisation focused on building resilience amongst hard to reach and disadvantaged young people in North Liverpool. More recently Kath has led the evaluation of a variety of projects for Sport England, Street Athletics, Badminton England, Media Trust, Robertson Trust and Ambition UK and has worked on a range of other Substance research projects undertaking field research, on-line consultation, training peer researchers and delivering participatory interactive focus groups. Through her work on the Sport England Bloomin Girls, Badminton England and Street Athletics projects she has developed skills and knowledge with regard to sports participation and diversity issues. Kath is the North West Evaluation Network steering group convenor and the North West representative on the UK Evaluation Society Council.
I helped to found Substance because I wanted to step out of academia and work more closely with organisations to help them develop the skills, capacity and understanding to tell their own story. When I’m not working, I’m interested in astronomy, walking and am partial to a walled garden.