A white woman looks straight ahead. She has long grey/blonde hair and is smiling with her mouth closed.

Catherine Wright – Board Member.

Catherine has worked in public sector communications and marketing for 20 + years, with Leeds City Council and now at Leeds Beckett University. She has led communications and engagement activity on a diverse range of projects, including education, transport, culture, regeneration and economic development and – a particular professional highlight – the Tour de France Grand Depart.


She is a passionate advocate for communications that engage, and change people’s perceptions and actions.

What expertise do you bring to the board?

‘Communications, marketing and engagement experience across the West Yorkshire region; and a lifelong commitment to inclusive and life-enhancing public projects.’

What excites you about IOU – why are you a board member?

‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to use my professional practice and experience to contribute to IOU and their Calder Valley work – as a resident with deep family roots in the area, it’s a privilege to be involved.’

Tell us about a cultural experience, past or present that has inspired you the most.

‘Belle Sauvage at Bridge Theatre, London.’