Harworth appoints Kate Morris-Bates as Group Resources and Transformation Director

Harworth Group plc, a leading regenerator of land and property for sustainable development and investment, announces that it has appointed Kate Morris-Bates to the newly created role of Group Resources and Transformation Director. Kate will report to Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive, and will be a member of Harworth’s Group Leadership Committee.

In her role, Kate will have responsibility for Harworth’s HR, Business Support, Workplace Development and Internal Communications functions. The transformation element of her role will see her working closely with the Senior Executive Team and across the business, ensuring the strategic alignment and development of the Group’s resources, the effectiveness of its processes and systems, and the continued evolution of its corporate culture. The role will be critical to delivering Harworth’s strategy to grow its business to £1bn by 2027.

Kate has spent the past six years running her own businesses within the wellbeing, learning and development, and executive development sectors. Prior to this, Kate spent almost 20 years working in and leading corporate teams in the facilities management and risk management space, latterly at the Co-operative Group, where she was responsible for several key transformation programmes across its estates business. 

Kate joins during a very active period for the business, which last week reported strong operational and financial progress in the first half of 2022, which drove a significant uplift in its valuations.

“Kate is an excellent addition to the Harworth team, bringing with her extensive transformation and resourcing expertise. Kate’s appointment will be key to realising our growth strategy and delivering on our purpose of creating sustainable places where people want to live and work.”

Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive, Harworth Group plc

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Harworth and to be supporting Lynda and the team in achieving the Group’s growth ambitions. I was drawn to Harworth by the opportunity to be part of a high performing team, contribute to a shared strategy, and play a leading role in a business with such strong sustainability credentials, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Kate Morris- Bates, Group Resources and Transformation Director, Harworth Group plc