Kate is a Wellcome Trust-funded DPhil student based in the Ethox Centre with Associate Professor Patricia Kingori's team. Kate's current research interests surround matters of pharmaceutical risk - particularly the tension between availability and quality - and how various actors navigate this ethical dilemma. Her PhD will focus on how stakeholders, from global policy makers to front-line health practitioners, influence patient access to medicines and medical devices in low-resource settings.
Kate is a pharmacist with an MPharm from the University of Bath. Prior to commencing her DPhil project she worked for international NGOs for 6 years. She held various technical and operational roles - from Operations Director of a small obstetric fistula charity, to the Global Lead for Pharmacy at Save the Children. A continuous theme of her work has been to strive to build practical systems and frameworks that improve patient care - whether through policy, advocacy, education or partnerships. Kate served in the British Army for seven years, as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, in numerous roles and locations.
Kate is passionate about promoting the value and role of the pharmacy workforce in improving global health and access to medicines and has developed and supported numerous courses and lectures for academic institutions and NGOs. She also established the Global Pharmacy Exchange, which aims to connect and empowe pharmacy professionals working in Global Health.