Kate's career began in digital production during the dot com boom of the early 2000s. After 10 years, starting in UX, she quickly found a talent for nurturing both products and teams, eventually moving into Business Development and Operations.
Moving over to the games industry in 2011, Kate helped to establish (and later sell) indie games studio Preloaded, before establishing ‘Joy Inc’ to offer business consultancy for creative teams.
A long term fan and collaborator of HandCircus, she recently joined as Product Director taking over the reins of the much loved Seabeard IP.
Having served as a UKIE board member and been listed amongst the top 100 women in games in the UK by MCV, Kate is extremely passionate about the future of the games industry - in all its forms.
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Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
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