Katharine is founder and director of Dot Dot Dot Property Ltd, a social enterprise that places individuals who are keen to volunteer for good causes in homes that would otherwise be empty. She was its Chief Executive for six years. Katharine was also a voluntary Trustee for charity Headway East London, which supports those affected by brain injury, contributing to its overall strategy and scrutinising performance.
She has built her career around a belief in the effectiveness of social enterprise as a mechanism to make a difference in the world, and in the importance of well-managed affordable housing which supports communities. Katharine is delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the work Co-op Homes does for the community housing sector.
She looks forward to working within Co-op Homes’ values, which mirror her own. The cooperative ethos is attractive in itself and the history of housing co-ops was a significant source of inspiration to Katharine when she launched Dot Dot Dot. She believes in the usefulness of compassionate commercialism and the importance of striking the right balance between positive social impact and ensuring financial sustainability as an organisation.