Kate Walsh



Finalist of 'The Apprentice' in 2009 Kate impressed Lord Sugar right to the end and was consistently cool under fire. 
Kate grew up in the West Midlands and, priding herself on not being a 'job snob', her first experience of the world of work in a fish and chip shop at the age of 15.  Her drive and hard working attitude led to awards at the comprehensive school she attended for 'Best GCSEs' and 'Best A level results', followed by a place at Aston University Business School studying a BSc in Psychology & Management.
With a First Class Honors degree, Kate started as a graduate trainee at Marston's Pub Company. In addition to applying herself to delivering great results, Kate believes in the power of networking and approached a senior Director to act as mentor. Quickly climbing the career ladder and leaving the company as their top performing Business Development Manager she went on to work for Starbucks to launch their Licensed Store Progamme in the UK.
Kate was selected from 35,000 applicants as a contestant on series five of 'The Apprentice'. As favourite to win, missing out on the top job was a real disappointment for her but taking a positive approach to setbacks and believing in seizing opportunities, Kate decided to take on the challenge of presenting a daily live magazine show for Channel 5. 
In addition to TV, in 2009 Kate set-up her consultancy and continued to work on Sales and Marketing projects whilst gaining invaluable experience in TV and the media. Having interviewed everyone from Justin Beiber to Sir Michael Caine she can give a unique insight into 'celebrity', its pitfalls and why becoming a 'reality TV star' simply isn't enough.
Kate's consultancy work has included everything from projects with large blue chip companies and she has worked with a German optical manufacturer on the licensing and UK launch of L'Wren Scott's Eyewear collection.
With a passion for engaging young people in business, Kate enjoys delivering speeches and appearing at enterprise days at schools and colleges, providing an insight into lessons learned on 'The Apprentice'. Her key messages are enthusiasm, hard work and adaptation, particularly in the current employment landscape.
Kate project managed a new enterprise initiative with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and Barclays to encourage college students to consider business as a career path.
She is now the current Vice President Retail for Pandora. 
"What a life saver. Kate jumped in at the last minute and brought her professionalism, expertise, guidance, fun and of course glamour to our 400 strong audience. There were no limits to the support that Kate gave us from being our guest speaker to mentoring the young people who joined us on the day as well as undertaking a number of interviews. Kate was an inspiration to all the delegates on the day and I hope that we have an opportunity to work with her again in the future." Head of Media - Business in the Community
"Fabulous, inspiring, motivational and extremely professional."  Blackfield Primary School

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