We’re extremely excited to share that our recently appointed CEO, Kate Hainsworth will be joining Master Cutler, Ken Cooke, Leeds BID non-executive Director, Diane Cheesbrough and Professor George Lodorfos of Leeds Beckett University to put the best of Yorkshire’s business community through their paces. Together with fellow judges, Kate will make the final selection for a wide range of categories in this year’s Business Masters Awards organised by The Business Desk.
With over 200 entries submitted this year, companies are vying for a variety of awards.
From Employer of the Year to the Innovation category, Contributing to the Community to Fast Growth, the outstanding exporters, SMEs with big ambitions, well-established family firms and business leaders throughout the region will come out in force to celebrate on 26 April.
With an impressive career spanning a range of sectors, Kate was appointed as CEO of Leeds Community Foundation in December 2017, having been part of the LCF family for two years previously as Development Director.
First embarking on a career in engineering that led to undertaking chemistry course and working on an oil refinery, the Oxford graduate and Classicist always maintained a passion for the arts and theatre.
Moving back to Yorkshire, Kate become CEO of Axisweb, an independent arts charity, before moving into other senior cultural posts at Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera North.
A collaborative approach is something that working in Yorkshire has always emphasised, Kate says, and is something that is at the forefront of how LCF operates.
“At LCF, we are always looking for new and relevant collaborations for the next chapter and our ambition is to grow as a charity. The direction of travel for the last few years has been very positive; the foundation needs to be around for the long term to support the communities who need the funding the most.
“We are here to provide funds for the city and raising awareness of what we do and why is important. We cover so many issues and that can be confusing for some people but our breadth is also the biggest charm, we have amazing support and a clear call to action with projects that have urgency.”
A key event in the business calendar, this black-tie event attracts key influencers, decision makers and business owners from across Yorkshire and recognises the best the region has to offer. With LCF also announced as the supported charity at the event, we are excited to be part of this fantastic event and wish all the contestants the best of luck.