Kate, a campaigner, became general secretary of the society in 1984. A former president, chair, and trustee of the Ramblers, she remains a vice-president. She is also a vice-president of the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society, a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks, and of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network and of the Sheffield Environmental Movement, and a member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management and of Natural England’s stakeholder group on public rights of way. She is a former member of the Countryside Agency board and former chair of the Campaign for National Parks.
Kate had a personal victory when she successfully took East Sussex County Council to court for failure to reopen the infamous Hoogstraten footpath at Framfield. Her hobbies are walking, bird-watching and finding illegally-blocked paths.