Smart Works CEO, Kate Stephens, to step down after an incredible 10 years.


Smart Works Charity announces that Kate Stephens, CEO will be stepping down from her role after 10 formidable years in post.

Kate has been our CEO for 10 years since the charity’s founding and has had an exceptional tenure throughout this period.

During Kate’s time as CEO, the charity has helped over 35,000 women and grown from a London organisation to a national charity, increasing its funding from under £500k to £4million. Smart Works now has a powerful network of six local Boards and 11 centres across the UK, powered by over 700 committed volunteers and a dedicated staff and trustee team.

Kate’s contribution to Smart Works has been exceptional and we thank her for her tireless work, her absolute commitment to our mission and the work she has spearheaded. The Smart Works Trustees want to thank Kate for her contribution.

The board of trustees will very shortly be announcing its interim plans to ensure the continued seamlessness of our service across the country.

Julietta Dexter, Chair of Smart Works Charity, said:

“I want to thank Kate for everything she has done for Smart Works over the last ten years, during which time the charity has gone from strength to strength.  Kate leaves a strong track record of growth and delivery and has worked tirelessly to help us grow the impact of our work.”

Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works Charity, said:

“As we come to the end of our current growth plan, it was important for me to leave the charity in a strong and sustainable position, ready for its next stage of evolution under a new CEO. Smart Works has always been more than a charity – it is a community, and I want to thank everyone in the community who has joined our mission to help inspire and empower all women who need help securing employment. Above all, I am most proud of the positive, tangible, and measurable impact the charity has had on the lives of the women we exist to support.”

Together with the Trustees of Smart Works, our clients, staff, and volunteers, we would like to thank everyone in our community for their invaluable support of Smart Works and of the service we provide to unemployed women.