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Cathy Brown named as one of the UK’s 50 Leading Lights for Kindness in Leadership

14 November 2019

We are immensely proud to share the news that Cathy Brown, Director of Strategy and Operations in OVPA, has been named as one of the UK’s 50 Leading Lights in this year’s Kindness and Leadership awards.

Cathy Brown

This campaign showcases 50 leaders across the UK who are impacting people, organisations and sectors through kindness.

About the Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights awards

“The business world is quick to celebrate leaders of profitable and productive workplaces. But how often do those celebrations recognise the part played by kindness? Kindness makes business sense; it impacts outcomes, whether it be productivity, engagement or customer service. People do not forget acts of kindness. Kind leaders change lives, transform organisations and collaborate. Kind leaders inspire creativity and productivity, share meaningful connections, and give their time so that others can give their best. By empowering others to succeed, kind leaders create an environment for the organisation as a whole to succeed. We need to recognise the contribution of these leaders to business, the economy and society.”
Read more about the Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights at https://kindness.womenofthefuture.co.uk

About Cathy

As Director of Strategy and Operations in OVPA, Cathy leads on the identification and development of strategic fundraising partnerships. She also supports UCL with guidance and advice in their fundraising work, particularly on gift acceptance and due diligence. Cathy was formerly Joint Faculty Manager in UCL’s faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences, with responsibility for a variety of strategic projects, training and development. She has also worked as Faculty Manager of Laws at UCL and has also held senior roles at King’s College London and VSO.

Read more about Cathy’s leadership at https://kindness.womenofthefuture.co.uk/our-candidate/2019

Lori Houlihan, Vice-Provost (Advancement), said:
“Cathy is a brilliant leader and a great asset to UCL. During her career she has amassed a high level of insight and experience, and is very generous in sharing that with colleagues across UCL - it would be hard to put a figure on the number of people who have benefited from her calm, common sense advice and practical, empowering support over the years. I’m absolutely delighted that she is being celebrated in this way and, more broadly, that this initiative is showcasing compassion and kindness as core elements of excellent leadership.”

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