Katie was born and bred in Hertfordshire and went to Rugby School, after which she graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in History of Art. Her grandfather was an industrialist in Kenya so she spent many of her formative holidays on the Kenyan Coast where she forged her love of Kenya, its countryside and people.

She pursued her career at Christies Auction House in London specialising in watercolours and prints, before devoting her time entirely to her family and children.

As the children started to fly the nest she established College Arts with a close friend, a Hampshire based Art School which teaches a range of skills from botanical painting through to still life and sculpture courses.

Now living in Dorset, Katie was intrigued by the concept of providing a simple solution to the water problem in much of the arid parts of Africa. She has thoroughly enjoyed being closely involved with Excellent Development ever since, even taking part in our 2018 July sand dam expedition in Kenya.

Hear from Katie, along with the other expedition volunteers and the community they supported here.