AM to PM with Catherine Knivett

By Ben Carey on 15 January, 2019

AM to PM is your exclusive insight into the busy schedules of some of Swindon and Wiltshire’s top professionals.

The Corsham Institute, based at Hartham Park, is an educational charity supporting people to be skilled and ready for our digital world. Central to the Institute’s work is the identification of digital skills shortages across the UK workforce, working in in partnership with communities, businesses and other organisations to develop programmes to close the gaps.

Director of Strategy and Programmes Catherine Knivett gives us an insight into her daily routine

What time do you get up?

That depends – I live in London and spend half my time there and the rest in Wiltshire so it could be a 6am alarm to get to Paddington or a later start if I am London-based for the day.

What helps you to get your day off on the right foot?

Watching the birds eat from the feeders in my garden with a cup of tea. I don’t check my emails until I’ve got ready for the day – I find this helps keep a clear separation between my work and private life, and things can usually wait.

What is your commute like?

That all depends on where I am for the day – I travel between South East London, Corsham, Bath and Bristol, so I spend a lot of time on trains!

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

Have a chat with our team at Corsham Institute – they are a friendly bunch and we get all on really well. I think it’s important to have face to face contact with people you work with, particularly if you aren’t physically based with them all the time. It’s easy to become over-reliant on communicating by email when a quick chat can be so much better.

Where’s your favourite place to go for lunch?

The café at Hartham Park does a great lunch and I often follow that with a walk around the grounds at Hartham Park which is a beautiful place.

What is the best part about your job?

Working with other organisations to find the best ways to support people to develop their digital skills and employment opportunities. I am really passionate about the work we do at Corsham Institute and I have met some great organisations in the South West – it’s really opened my eyes to all the amazing stuff people are doing in this area.

What piece of equipment could you not live without?

My Macbook! I’m a bit attached/obsessed.

How do you unwind after work?

I wish I could say I’m in the gym every night but I’m usually cooking and reading in the evenings or seeing friends. If I’m in Corsham I take a walk around Corsham Court which is a lovely way to wind down and enjoy some fresh air.