Catherine Ward's career has been in strategic HR leadership, transformation and communications. She was the Chief People Officer for the British Council from 2018 to 2021, leading the people strategy in over 100 countries. Catherine’s previous roles include Chief Human Resources Officer for Interserve and BMI Healthcare, and HR Director roles with the BBC and Sotheby’s. She has worked in consultancy with KPMG, SHL Group, and currently runs her own HR consultancy business. She is chair of the Remuneration Committee for RIBA and is on the UK Board of the Global Fund for Women. Catherine holds a BSc in biology, MSc in organisational behaviour, and is an accredited coach with the ICF (International Coach Federation). She has a passion for all forms of dance, and has danced, in one way or another, most of her life.