Dr Katherine Barclay



Independent Consultant, and Non-Executive Director of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Dr Kate Barclay is an Independent Consultant working across high impact Science and Technology industries with a passion for STEM education. As a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Fellow of the IChemE, she has spent over 20 years in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry as a Senior Leader in Global Research and Development across 3 large Pharma organisations and led technical and scientific project teams in advanced clinical manufacturing of parenteral, solid dose and inhaled dosage forms as well as developing novel device technologies.

Since 2013 Kate has been instrumental in developing apprenticeships across the Science Industry, leading the Life Sciences and Industrial Sciences Trailblazer employer group in development of new apprenticeship standards.She pioneered apprenticeship implementation across the industry leading to the first cohort completing new industry standards in 2016 and has won multiple national awards for the quality of apprenticeship delivery.

Kate has a passion for promoting opportunities for women in STEM, is an experienced vocational workplace assessor for apprenticeships and a Non-Executive Director of the Institute for Apprenticeships assuring quality governance to apprenticeship and technical education reforms across England.

-Kate also volunteers as a Parent Governor and Enterprise Advisor to primary and secondary schools providing advice on career pathways and the many exciting opportunities within Science and Engineering.

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