Kate grew up in Sheffield and has experience of working in local government, the voluntary sector and trade union movement. This has involved her in organising many political and public awareness campaigns and events. As an activist Kate was involved in numerous campaigns including Women Against Pit Closures, she was Chair of the Sheffield TUC women’s committee and Secretary of Sheffield Campaign Against Racism. She has worked to promote and develop Domestic Abuse services in the city and has had roles in local government promoting and advising on equality and diversity particularly in relation to Women and LGBT issues. Kate's love of music, theatre and literature, and her belief that they are a force for social change, influenced her in initiating this project. She wants to ensure that as a significant artistic and political figure in Sheffield, Edward Carpenter is given the public profile he deserves. "This exciting new project gives us the opportunity to celebrate Carpenter's life and achievements and ensures a lasting tribute to a person who has influenced our lives and paved the way for the freedom of others."