Born and bred in Linlithgow, Scotland, Cat attended St Andrews University, reading modern languages. On leaving university she came to London where she found both her first job as PA to two Tory MPs and her future husband. She spent a very happy 20 years in the House of Commons with a short break to work in St James’s Palace with the Prince of Wales for a year, before moving into education, becoming Director of Admissions at Latymer Upper School in 2006. She remained there for 14 years and in 2020, moved to Wycombe Abbey as Director of Admissions. The daughter of teachers, she has experience of both the state and independent sectors, co-ed and boarding both through professional and personal experience, and is a Governor of both a state primary school and a London Prep school as well as being a Trustee of Forces Children, Scotland. Her main passions in education lie in a belief that there is a right school for everyone, and in widening access, via bursaries. Married with two grown up daughters and a son in law, she lives in West London.