Katherine Burnard

2018/19 Fellow

For the last six years, Katherine has supported those affected by mental illness to re-engage with society, while working to reduce the stigma that propels isolation. Originally from Australia, she graduated with a B.ASc in Occupational Therapy and has since worked across NGOs and the public sector. Varying roles have taken her from working with psychiatric service users in their homes to managing the mental health team in a men’s remand prison. She has worked particularly to minimise social exclusion and barriers to employment.

Katherine utilises a strengths-based, bottom-up approach as the foundation necessary for lasting change. She is eager to shift her focus towards social entrepreneurship in order to bolster individual, economic and community resilience by creating opportunities for inclusion.