Our team is growing! Meet our new PR and Communications Coordinator, Kate James and find out how she’s settling in at The Women’s Organisation.

What’s your full name and where are you from?

I’m Kate James and I’m originally from Australia. I was born in Sydney but my mum is from Toxteth so Liverpool has always felt like home.

Tell me how you first found out about The Women’s Organisation and become part of our team?
I used to manage the previous building The Women’s Organisation was located in, on The Strand. I’d often hear the teams laughing and joking in the lift and coming through reception, I always wondered what they did that was so fun! Little did I know that I’d have the opportunity to find out, first-hand so many years later.

What kind of things have you done prior to coming to The Women’s Organisation?

I am a qualified journalist and have spent the last few years working in local news and teaching journalism courses. I’ve had some incredible experiences when covering cultural and sporting events in and around Liverpool and interviewed some of my heroes too.

What has surprised you about working at The Women’s Organisation?

What has surprised me most, starting with The Women’s Organisation during lockdown three, is how I feel like I’ve worked with my team for years, even though we’ve never met in person. Everyone is friendly, supportive and so knowledgeable. I think it’s a real skill to be able to bridge those gaps during a global pandemic!

What’s the best thing about working at The Women’s Organisation?

Definitely my colleagues. Getting to know everyone, asking hundreds of questions, having brilliant brain storming ideas and supporting each other with creative ways to better promote The Women’s Organisation and what we do. It doesn’t feel like work and that’s testament to an amazing team.

Could you describe one of your typical workdays?

It’s always different when you work in PR & Communications. I’m currently working from home so I log onto Teams to say good morning to the team and then hit social media to see what’s trending and what we as an organisation can respond to. We have an official team meeting later in the morning. Some days I’ll be preparing press releases about our news, clients, courses or services, other times I’ll be creating graphics, writing blog posts and case studies, or organising TV and radio interviews with journalists and media outlets from around the country. I could be recording and editing our podcast The Wo-Down, or hosting a Wo Connect webinar, which is really exciting. It’s such a varied role and that’s what I love most about it.

What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?

I am a Guinness World Record holder!

What do you do when you aren’t working? 

I’m a mum of three and a huge advocate of fresh air! You’ll usually find me at the skate park with the kids or volunteering litter picking and chalking the pathways at Alder Hey in the Park. I’m also massive crime thriller fan, if you’ve not watched The Bridge, you’re missing out!