Kate Philp

Executive Coach and Trainer

Drawing on her military background as well as key lessons she has learned from dealing with a life-changing injury, Kate applies her drive and enthusiasm for personal development to help individuals and organisations, universities and schools to release their potential.

With a Masters in Classics from Oxford University, Kate has a keen intellect and natural curiosity that help clients to clarify challenges as well as provide collaborative solutions. Frontline service in Iraq and Afghanistan have given Kate valuable experience in leading change, providing solutions under pressure and managing challenging relationships.

Rational and collected, Kate loves making sense of chaos and passionately believes in the importance of becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) put an end to her tour of Afghanistan and Kate’s injuries resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee, becoming the first British female to lose a limb in combat. As a focus for her rehab, Kate trekked to the South Pole in 2013 as part of an expedition organised by Walking With The Wounded. This earned her the honour of being shortlisted in the Women Of The Year awards in 2014.

Overcoming adversity in both her professional and personal life, Kate’s resilience has been sorely tested. Honest about meeting her physical limits in Antarctica, she prefers to focus instead on the opportunity this presented to expand her mental and emotional strength. For Kate, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and a keen sense of humour are key to preserving her mental health.

With a strong set of values, an adaptability bred from the ever-changing environment of military service, a sound understanding of teamwork and an action-oriented mindset, Kate is a keen advocate of using her “lived” experience to boost the resilience of others.