Kate Nash OBE

Networkologist

Kate Nash is the UK’s most prolific connector of purple talent. She established Kate Nash Associates (KNA) in 2007, an independent hub of best practice in the establishment of workplace networks and resource groups. In seven years they have set up, or refreshed the delivery of, 300+ networks in the business community and across the public sector. The reach of disabled employees across the KNA client base exceeds 850,000 in the UK.

Kate Nash Associates increasingly work internationally setting up chapters across the world. Their philosophy is simple:

  • Set up a purposeful network
  • Get imaginative leadership in place
  • Sensibly fund the network
  • Get a modest but robust structure and
  • ………………watch change unfold, and the levels of individual and organisational confidence rise.

More recently Kate Nash Associates has become the ‘go-to’ provider of personal effectiveness training and development for employees. Their growing suite of workshops and training courses such as:

In 2014 she wrote Secrets & Big News: Enabling People to Be Themselves at Work, the result of a two-year project involving 55 employers and 2,500 disabled employees. The report outlines 15 ‘Big Ideas’ for employers about how they can make it easier for their staff to share information about their disability and 15 ‘Big Ideas’ to disabled people about how to be more disability confident themselves. Case studies include BT, Lloyds Banking Group, Shell and the Civil Service. The report builds on the government’s Disability Confident campaign and engagement with employers across the UK.  The Advisory Board of Secrets & Big News included representatives from Lloyds Banking Group, Business Disability Forum, Business in the Community, BT, Shell, Metropolitan Police Service, Coca Cola, and the Civil Service Disability Network. It is available from Amazon, priced £24.30.

During 2014 KNA are launching Purple Space, an informal network of disability network leaders – designed to share best practice amongst network and resource group leaders. Purple Space will focus on the leadership skills required to generate positive change and excite purple allies as well as the individual skills disabled people need to become disability confident at work.

Nash started her early career supporting disabled people to set up self-help support groups. She has worked in many disability organisations and was Chief Executive of Radar between 2001-2007. She chaired the merger between Radar, Disability Alliance and National Centre for Independent Living in 2012.

Having campaigned for many years for equalities legislation for disabled people she was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to disabled people.

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