Cathy founded Cathy Stewart Associates as an independent architectural consultancy specialising in business development and the early stages of building design. Cathy has 25 years’ experience as a chartered architect leading multi-million pound projects for large international practices. She has concentrated in specialising in the higher education sector, a passion founded on her keen interest in providing efficient and exciting spaces for the next generation of learners. Over the last 10 years Cathy has focussed on business development and marketing.

She has worked with award winning architects on prestigious buildings including the refurbishment of the Sir Basil Spence Library at the University of Sussex, the Queens Building at De Montfort University and the New British Library, London.

Cathy is an enthusiastic team member leading multi-disciplinary project design teams and supports a collaborative approach to team building. This experience in has given her the insight of what makes for a successful project and understands the importance of establishing a robust brief; an approach that can be applied to a variety of consultancy projects.

Cathy's experience in senior management includes board director at Pascall + Watson where she was the first female member of the board in their 50 year history. In 2006 she established the Manchester regional office and developed a new marketing strategy in Higher Education, first winning a project for the New SuperLab for London Metropolitan followed by the appointment to the framework for Imperial College London. Cathy won the CBI First Woman’s Award in 2006 (Retail & Property category).

Cathy has been a member of the Association of Women in Property* for 10 years and has been an active participant in their mentoring programme. She is a past National Chairman and current National Champion for the Student Awards programme initiated during her year in office.

* The Association of Women in Property is a national organisation that seeks to enhance the profile of women by providing a dynamic forum for women in these professions and by encouraging and nurturing aspiring talent.