A charity sector leader, Dr. Kate Laverty has specialised in mental health and community engagement. She’s served as Interim Executive to five charities in the last four years focussed on performance improvement and transformation initiatives. She volunteers in her local youth centre, having attained her M.S.Sc. Youth and Community Work in 2012. She also holds a B.A. Byzantine History, M.A. Irish Cultural Heritage Studies, M.Sc. Computer Science, and an MBA. Her EdD focussed on the experiences of LGBTQIA youths in N. Ireland’s secondary schools. Diagnosed with M.S. in 2016, she sits as Council Chair for the M.S. Society UK in N. Ireland.