Further deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan posed key challenges, including: working in the fast-paced environment of front-line operations; reporting to multiple hierarchies and being the only female amongst 120 men. These experiences have given Kate valuable skills in reacting to change, providing solutions under pressure and managing challenging relationships to ensure operational effectiveness is maintained and individual contribution is valued.
Her tour of Afghanistan in 2008 came to an abrupt end when a Warrior armoured vehicle that she was commanding in Afghanistan ran over a 50kg Taliban bomb. The injuries sustained 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. After a gruelling 16 months of rehabilitation she returned to work and gained promotion. Following revision surgery in 2012 Kate decided she needed a goal to re-focus her rehab and so she joined an expedition team and trekked to the South Pole in 2013 supporting the charity Walking with the Wounded. This earned Kate the honour of being shortlisted in the 2014 Women of the Year awards.
Determined always to seek out the positives, Kate believes that the challenges we face in life offer the best opportunities for progress. Combining her military background with her experience of dealing with adversity, Kate applies the same mentality to elicit the true potential from others.