Kate Priestnall

Director of Safeguarding

Kate has specialised in safeguarding and youth work for over twenty years. She is an expert at working directly with vulnerable children, with an additional focus in law. Within the trust, Kate works to develop safeguarding practice and policies, and leads accredited NSPCC training for all staff.  

She holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from De Montfort University, and earned a First for her dissertation on Children’s Rights. She studied to Barrister level at the University of Law, Birmingham, where she specialised in family law, child law, youth justice and mediation. She also holds a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Leicester. 

Kate spent a number of years volunteering with the Police Authority supporting vulnerable people in custody, and with a national children's charity as an advocate for children in care settings and those detained in secure units. 

In her spare time, Kate enjoys horse riding, hill walking, and mountain biking with her husband. She has two grown up children, one is a writer who lives in New York, and one is a financial consultant who lives in London. 

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