Kath Howard

SpecialityOD Consultant and Head of HR, Samaritans

Kath Howard is an HR Leader, Change Agent, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Facilitator, accredited Coach, and Consultant.  She has twenty years of experience working in the fields of Occupational Psychology and Organisation Development, including leading OD teams within large charities such as Save the Children and Sue Ryder. 

Kath currently leads the HR team at the Samaritans, alongside consultancy and coaching work through her company, HeartSparks. Samaritans has an incredible and important vision to reduce suicide, and Kath used to be a Listening Volunteer for the charity before being employed by them. 

Kath is driven by a passion for supporting people to achieve their potential, and to create sustainable, positive change within organisations. She adopts a person-centred but highly commercial approach to achieving results.  What really sets her apart is her ability to make connections quickly, and to bring insights from psychology and years of practical experience to her work.  Kath founded her HeartSparks, a Consultancy and Coaching business, to ignite passion and potential within individuals, teams and across organisations. HeartSparks is built upon three core values, which align to her own; Co-creation, Compassion & Growth. 

Kath is currently writing a book, ‘People Not Paperclips: Putting the human back into Human Resources’, which is due to publication in early 2019.  Her first podcast, by the same name, is due to be aired in June 2019.

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