Kate Norton

Business Manager



Kate finished school with not knowing quite which direction she would travel however after completing her BSc in Early Childhood Studies at Bristol University she decided that working in the world of hospitality was the path to follow.

After graduating she started working at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London. She worked there for 8 years starting as a Food and Beverage Coordinator and ending as an Events Manager. Her work involved working on a variety of events ranging from small meetings of 8 people to weddings with 200 guests. Although the brides were usually the most demanding of customers this is what she enjoyed the most; building the relationships with them and being part of their big day which although it comes with its challenges, was overall very rewarding.

Life moved on and after getting married to Tim in 2012, her daughter Lottie was born in 2014. It was time to leave the Mandarin Oriental and she started working with Planned2Perfection, a production company based near her house in London. Planned2Perfection worked with a variety of clients and 5* hotels in London and surrounding areas. Her favourite event was working with a client on his wife’s surprise 40th Birthday Party. The husband wanted the full works and went to town on the production which made for a fabulous event.

When daughter number 2, Isabel came along in 2017, Tim and Kate decided the time was right to move out of London and to the countryside. There's more space for the girls to grow up and be closer to Kate’s family in Oxfordshire. This proved to be the right timing as it was only a month after Kate had moved that Karen was looking for a new member of the Oxford Creativity team. So Kate joined the team!  

Fact File

When did you join the Oxford Creativity team?

April 2018

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Before Oxford Creativity...

Events Manager in a 5 Star luxury hotel in London and then working with a high-end production company dealing with a range of events including conferences, weddings and private parties.

What are you most proud of?

Developing relationships with clients and meeting their needs in delivering the workshops.

What does your Oxford Creativity work involve?

My work entails a variety of tasks to ensure the smooth running of the office and the business. I look after all the admin behind the workshops; booking TRIZ experts, answering delegates questions, booking venues and ensuring all the materials are at the workshop for day 1. Alongside this I also liaise with any new enquiries and work with existing clients to book in the TRIZ training and problem solving that they may need.

Please reflect on your role

I am enjoying getting my head around the world of TRIZ and working with all the team.

Home and Hobbies

Running. Baking. Pub lunching!


Spending time with my husband and two young daughters. Chocolate. Diet Coke.


Vegemite (which my family love).

Everyone at Oxford Creativity will always remember that...

I don’t drink tea or coffee!

Job or role title

Business Manager

Contact details

   +44 (0)1993 882461