Kate Philip was deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where her leadership, decision-making, technical skill and adaptability were brutally tested in the fast-paced environment of front-line operations.
Joining the Army after graduating in Classics from Oxford University, Kate was deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where her leadership, decision-making, technical skill and adaptability were brutally tested in the fast-paced environment of front-line operations.
Kate's tour of Afghanistan came to an abrupt end when injuries caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee, marking her out as the first British female to lose a limb in combat.
Persistent medical issues demanded further surgery as she recognised she required a new goal by which to re-focus her rehab. Therefore, at the end of 2013 Kate trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition organised by Walking With The Wounded. This earned her the honour of being shortlisted in the Women of the Year awards in 2014.
Leaving the Army after 13 years service, Kate now works as a Consultant, Coach and Speaker. Drawing on her experience in leadership, communication, relationship management and providing solutions under pressure from her time in the military, as well as key lessons she has learned from dealing with a life-changing injury. She thrives on helping clients clarify challenges and seek collaborative solutions. Balancing an eye for detail with the big picture, and a ready ability to switch focus between people and task, Kate is comfortable working at multiple levels and has experience in a variety of sectors including legal, manufacturing, banking, finance, insurance, healthcare, education and scientific research and development.
Kate holds a CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership, a Diploma in Life & Business Coaching accredited by the Association for Coaching, and is an NLP Practitioner.
Kate is also honoured to be an ambassador for ABF, The Soldier's Charity, and a trustee of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre.