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Work Smarter, Not Harder!

Winning at Work is both very simple and very difficult!


We know it’s tough to work in progressive, results orientated challenging environments and we know it can take a toll on our health well-being and happiness.  With the right mindset and the right tools, we can all improve our effectiveness at work and how we contribute to the businesses we work for.


There are considerable costs to both ourselves and our organisations if we don’t work effectively.  For our organisations the costs include absenteeism, labour turnover and productivity.  For individuals learning to work smarter can have a big impact on our personal health, happiness, and job satisfaction. 


This session will be helpful to any Business or HR leader who wants to improve their performance at work, look after their own wellbeing and succeed in their chosen career.


In this session Kate will cover


  • ​Why working smarter not harder matters.  Covering the cost to the economy, the cost to our businesses and the personal costs to each and every one of us.


  • What working smarter is.  Exploring what working smart looks and feels like.  The vicious circle that we can get into if we just work harder and harder and the virtuous circle we can step into if we learn to work more effectively.


  • What you can do to start working smarter right now.


  • Utilising a practical model, how to build your own personal plan for the 4 key areas to develop to start working smarter every day


  • Some easy wins to put into place straight away that will start to make a difference



Kate’s career spans a series of senior HR roles in a number of different sectors including textiles, engineering, and oil & gas. Her experience has covered businesses such as Courtaulds Textiles, Flymo (a subsidiary of Electrolux), Crompton Lighting (Hawker Siddley), Freudenberg and British Engines Ltd. 


As HR Director for British Engines Ltd she was a main board member with responsibility for Human Resources, Learning & Development and HSE, providing HR support to the Group’s businesses, mainly in the northeast region but also globally across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.


Her achievements include the development of progressive and proactive HR departments operating to best practice standards, culture change, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and the management of industrial relations in both unionised and non-unionised environments.


In addition to her British Engines Board roles, she has held Board level roles for the Engineering Employers’ Federation and TDR, and she currently works, in a voluntary capacity, as a Board member of the North of England Reserve Forces and Cadets Association & a Trustee of the Tyne Rivers Trust.  Her MBE, for Voluntary Services to the Armed Forces, was awarded in 2020.


Kate set up K8 Coaching and Consultancy in 2017 with the aim of supporting individuals and teams to thrive in challenging business environments by helping them develop personal plans, skills, and strategies to win at work and learning to manage themselves and others well.  She achieves this through one-to-one coaching and mentoring, facilitating events and running workshops.  Her mission, in business, is to be for others the person she wished she’d had on her side both when she was building her career and working at a senior level.


Covid 19 taught her that coaching and mentoring using online platforms such as Zoom, and Teams can be every bit as effective as face-to-face work.  She supplemented this with an MA research project (2021) into what experienced coaches learned about establishing and maintaining rapport following the switch from face-to-face to virtual videoconferencing coaching.

PEOPLE POWER is an event series dedicated to people:  to skills, training, HR, employment and workplace productivity.  


The 2022 conference is designed to help you focus on The People Agenda - to provide you and your team with the knowledge and skills that you need to ensure your workforce thrives, to improve performance, increase productivity and to help you compete effectively in the new world. 

The conference takes place 23 June at Northumbria University, Newcastle.