Catherine holds a BSc in Zoology from Queen Mary College University of London and an MSc in Conservation Biology from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has studied marine invertebrates, herbivores in Kenya and the management of protected areas in Tanzania. She has worked for the Environment Agency in the UK and for the World Conservation Union IUCN Office for Europe in Brussels, where she was involved in the organisation of the important conference in Paris in 2006 on Biodiversity in European Development Cooperation – which involved a strong element on Overseas Countries and Territories. Catherine has worked for UKOTCF since 2007, initially on short-term projects, then as Co-ordinator and later as Manager & Senior Conservation Officer, before her present appointment While still undertaking her UKOTCF role, Catherine spent 2011 in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, assisting local NGOs there while improving her Dutch. Catherine has two small children and enjoys teaching them about the environment.