Hi, I’m Kate Windebank, owner of Kate & Co, a certified career coach and personal branding consultant. I am passionate about helping people to discover their authentic self, develop, and leverage their unique strengths and personal brand. Kate & Co is a coaching company that has been designed to support and empower people who want to make a BIG change in their career and life.

My story

There’s nothing like a near death experience to make you realize how precious and fragile life really is.

In the winter of 2004, I had a car accident in my hometown of Adelaide, which left me with burns to ten percent of my body. I endured two significant skin grafts, a six week stay in hospital and subsequently had to further wear pressure garments for a following 12 months. I went on to suffer post traumatic stress for at least 12 after the accident.  Suffice to say, it was one of the scariest and most challenging times in my life.

Why am I telling you this?

Because it showed me life is too short not to do something you love.

Six months later, I threw my backpack on and headed to Europe, where I traveled for three months. This was the perfect antidote to what I’d been through during the previous six months.  I landed back in London with the intention of getting a job and saving some money so that I could continue travelling.  It didn’t quite happen. In fact, when I got that job I got stuck in the corporate world for 11 years, despite always knowing that I never wanted to work in an office, let alone in a large corporation.  After a few years, all I knew is that I was desperately unhappy, but I couldn’t work out why I was feeling that way.  I took three separate career sabbaticals including a year in South America, as well as three months each in Africa and Europe, to try to work out what I wanted to do with my life. On each of those three occasions, I ended up being lured back to the corporate world with a nice, fat salary. But ultimately, I knew I couldn’t do this forever – the memory of that car accident and the need to seize the day was never far from my mind.

In 2014, I was in a job that I hated and my physical health really began suffer. I knew there was a better way to live. I knew that I deserved better.

I knew the time was right and all I could think was that life is too short to be miserable everyday, so I quit and with all my savings started on my own entrepreneurial journey. I have 12 years experience in corporate marketing. You will have found me working for one of those management or accountancy firms you’ve heard of. Honestly, I was really good at running global marketing campaigns and travelling to a new country at a moment’s notice.

I don’t regret my time in corporate Britain, as it taught me so many of my key skills, but I do wish I’d had the tools and mindset to make the change much earlier. I spent many months reading blogs and personal development book, and it hit me: I could still use all my marketing skills, but I could apply them to people, not brands.

Today, I’m a qualified coach, and I’m en route to adding a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) certification.

The professional Bio

Kate Windebank is founder and CEO of Kate & Co.  She is a highly experienced global marketing manager who has more than 12 years in the corporate sector in a variety of positions providing leadership and strategic advice on marketing and communication best practices.

She has held marketing position for a number of large consulting firms including Mercer Consulting, PwC and financial institutions including CFA Institute and Santander, both here in the UK and Australia.

Kate is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Marketing). Kate has recently relocated back to Australia but travels back to UK/Europe on a regular basis.

My Style of Working Involves

Keeping it real. People loving. Directness. Authentic. Goals, targets and challenges. A lot of laughing (and in all likelihood, bad jokes). Really listening. Done-for-you resources. Making solid plans. Curiosity. Connector. Collaboration. Feedback. Experimentation. Cheerleading. Accountability. Getting my hands dirty. Being informal. Confidentiality. Following up. Proven strategies and tactics. Asking lots of questions. Actionable recommendations. Results.