Kate Rutsch

Kate started her media career at BBC Radio Leeds as a trainee journalist. As a reporter in West Yorkshire’s busy news patch Kate’s media highlights include interviewing all the political party leaders, including then Prime Minister Tony Blair, in the run up to the 2005 General Election; live on-scene reporting from the police raids of the 7/7 London bombers’ houses in Leeds and Dewsbury; and, on a lighter note, meeting the British actor Lesley Phillips!

On moving to Colchester in 2005 Kate began her PR career as a press officer for Essex County Council. Here she provided proactive and reactive media relations for education, adult social care, adult learning, highways, heritage, arts and culture. Her efforts earned her a Chartered Institute of Public Relations Gold Pride Award for ‘Best Integrated PR Campaign’ for the Essex Book Festival in 2006.

After two years with the local authority, she took up the role of Media and Campaigns Officer for Suffolk Constabulary. Whilst supporting police officers’ fight to reduce crime in the county with proactive campaigns, Kate also provided media support during critical incidents, major crimes and large policing operations.

A move to the West Midlands then took Kate back into the world of journalism, working as a freelance reporter and producer for BBC Radio Shropshire’s breakfast show.

Now living in Surrey, Kate is a freelance PR practitioner, offering specialist experience in the public sector.

Kate Rutsch