Having served as CEO of the Cardinal Hume Centre based in Westminster for 15 years, Cathy stood down from full-time work in 2018. The Centre works with homeless young people, badly housed families, refugees and migrants helping them to access the support and develop the skills they need to overcome the barriers they face. Putting each individual at the heart of its work, the Centre offers a suite of services from welfare benefits and immigration advice to English and digital inclusion, family activities and residential services for 16 to 21 year olds. With an income of £3.4 million, the Centre welcomes some 1,200 people per year, with a staff of 63 and over 100 volunteers.

Before joining the Centre, Cathy was the International Director at CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development with ultimate responsibility for development programmes and emergency response across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In addition to travelling extensively, Cathy was the main media spokesperson for CAFOD as well as a key player in its public awareness and education campaigns. In both roles Cathy was fully engaged in both fundraising and advocacy work. She has been a Trustee of various charities including Chair of the Caritas International Emergency Aid Commission based in Rome, Christian Aid, Jubilee Debt Campaign, and CSAN - Caritas Social Action Network. She is currently a Trustee of the Plater Trust and the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Cathy was awarded an OBE in 2002 for her contribution to co-ordinating the response to famine in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.