Board Chair

Dr Kathryn Chamberlain OBE

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Kate came to University in Wales in the 1980s and has never left.

One of her first jobs was with District Audit Wales, a forerunner of the Wales Audit Office, and she credits this experience with providing a strong foundation in relation to public services in Wales that has followed throughout her career. 

Until recently she was the first Chief Executive of the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (the IMA). During 2020 she led a programme to create this new organisation in response to commitments set out in the Withdrawal Agreements following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Prior to this Kate spent seven years as Chief Executive of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, ten years as the Welsh Government’s Chief Statistician and Head of Knowledge and Analytical Services, and ten years working for the Audit Commission and District Audit Wales undertaking reviews of public services across Wales and the Marches. Kate has a PhD in mathematical statistics and extensive experience in relation to regulation, governance, and evidence-based decision-making. 

Away from work Kate lives with her family in a small village outside of Brecon where she indulges her obsessions with gardening and researching her family history.