Before joining Opencast in 2021, Cate worked for a global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman and set up its Newcastle office, building out a data and analytics service to serve its European client base. She was a life sciences researcher, having done a PhD in microbiology, and a product manager at both Booking.com and Sage. In each of her roles she has always focused heavily on building capability, recruiting and developing teams and working with people teams to drive projects including the creation of early career training programmes. She is passionate about inclusion and diversity, and helping people into tech careers from a range of backgrounds, as well as collaboration across the tech industry. She is a director of Dynamo North East.