Catherine spent over 10 years working in a range of Further Education settings, including prisons, adult community learning and FE colleges. She undertook a variety of roles including teacher, learning support assistant, course leader, teaching and learning coach/mentor and teacher educator. Prior to joining ETF, Catherine undertook a full-time PhD in Education. Her research focussed on mentoring for teachers in the FE sector. She joined ETF as Operations Manager for Advanced Teacher Status before becoming National Head of Practitioner Research and Development.