Inclusive Economy Lead, Innovation Programmes

Kate Sutton


Innovation Programmes

Join Date

September 2017

What I do

Kate is responsible for managing Nesta's work on the inclusive economy. Her team run the Inclusive Economy Partnership which is an innovative partnership between government, civil society, the private sector and innovators to tackle some of society's biggest challenges.


Prior to joining Nesta, Kate founded Thrive, a business and development consultancy which specialised in impact investment and building social enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also helped set up a co-working space for innovators and entrepreneurs in Blantyre, Malawi.

Kate has spent the majority of her career at the intersection of business and civil society including working to support Pacific entrepreneurs grow their businesses and managing a large-scale renewable energy programme across the Pacific. She has also worked for New Zealand's largest property company and has run large-scale political campaigns.

Kate is a proud Kiwi and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and an MA from the University of Auckland (NZ). In her spare time, Kate supports African entrepreneurs and female candidates to run for office and recently completed her first 10km 'wild swim' in the Thames.

What happens when you bring together innovators, funders, thinkers, doers, regulators, practitioners and academics and ask them to interrogate, deliberate and take the first steps to solving some of the big challenges of our era?
Kate Sutton
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
The Thriving at Work report co-written by Mind CEO Paul Farmer and Lord Dennis Stevenson released this week tells us that the annual cost to the UK economy of poor mental health at £99bn and that £42bn of that is a cost to employers, the Inclusive Economy Partnership are looking for ways to reduce this cost and improve the lives of people.
Kate Sutton
Saturday, 28 October 2017