She first won a gold medal in the U23 World Rowing Championships in 1997 at the onset of her impressive international career. Uniquely in Britain she has won World Championship medals in all possible boat classes. Originally from Glasgow, Katherine took up rowing whilst at university in 1993 and was President of the Edinburgh University Boat Club in 1996/7. She was the first female rower to be elected a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta whilst still competing.
Katherine, already a recipient of an MBE in 2006, was made a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list for services to rowing.
Katherine graduated in law from Edinburgh University before graduating from Glasgow University with an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics. She completed a PhD in Homicide from King’s College, University of London and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, St Andrews and Robert Gordon Universities.
Most recently Katherine published her autobiography “Dream Can Come True” and is one of the few sportspeople to do so without the help of a ghostwriter.
Katherine is an Ambassador for International Inspiration, Aberlour Child Care Trust, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and is a Patron for Netball Scotland and the National Coastwatch Institution. She is a keen advocate for young people and women in sports.
Katherine is a confident and articulate speaker to intimate groups or large international conferences. She tells her incredible story with passion and honesty delivering lessons that can be applied to your business around team work, leadership and planning or simply just the inspiration to be the best that you can be.