November 2015

Hi, I'm Kate

I'm a Creativity Tutor, Coach and Artist. I am the Founder of SketchBetter and am a Director of Ignite! Futures. I am currently studying an MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London.

I am on an ambitious exploration into creativity, well-being and educational transformation. I am in transition and regularly update this website accordingly. As part of my research, I have been working in a primary school as a KS1 Teaching Assistant and Head of the Student Council for just over a year. I now lead a popular Art Club in Kingston, run Private Art Tuition for kids, and personalised Adult Coaching.


SketchBetter launched officially at Cass Art in Kingston in October 2015, with an exhibition of Story Spheres and a four-week event series. Find out more and how to take part in our forthcoming book here.

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A Transformation in Education

Fifteen years ago, age 17, I collapsed, was taken to A&E and shortly after was diagnosed with Depression and Anorexia Nervosa. I knew nothing about either illness then. What I did know was that, despite academic success and a secure family, I felt unaccepted by peers and deeply confused by how stressed and unhappy people around me were. I felt cheated by the schooling promise that good grades and hard work would make me successful and that that success would lead to happiness. All I saw were hard-working, unhappy people.

Rates of depression and anxiety have rocketed in recent years and according to the World Health Organisation, “depressive disorders were ranked as the third leading cause of the global burden of disease in 2004 and will move into the first place by 2030.” On BBC Newsnight in 2014, psychologist Dr Tanya Byron told the British nation, “It’s time to wake up. We have an emotional crisis.”

In January 2014, I met five teenagers in a restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Each of them told me how they were struggling with a mental health issue; from a terrifying case of anorexia, to self-harming, anxiety, depression and even repeat suicide attempts. It was shocking to witness how we are not preparing our children and future generations to lead empowered, creative, successful and happy lives.

We have spiritual crisis in our young people. We are not connecting our children to who they really are, or want to be. Emotions, shame, guilt, vulnerability and resilience need to be themes and lessons within schools. Social and emotional learning is as (dare I say, more) important as academia, and schooling needs to reflect this. From Ken Robinson's Element, Brene Brown's Daring Greatly, to Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses, it's time to pull them together.

I believe alternative services that work with the existing education system to help transform it from inside-out and outside-in are the first step. A new mindset needs to occur for us to really understand what we even mean by education today and in the future. With mass open online courses (MOOC) readily available to thousands of people, where is learning going and how emotional resilient do we need to be for the changes that are on the horizon? There isn't a week that passes without someone sharing their concerns about the standardisation in schools, the 'box-ticking' and the effects it had on theirs or other children. "What about all the other bits - being human and a kid" a parent asked me recently. The evidence is pouring in too, teenagers are more stressed and anxious than ever.

So, whilst my personal experience is a one-off, and for many many years felt like an isolated experience - it’s become a familiar one for many young people and their families. Now is the time to help ourselves, and in turn our children, to make life that little bit better.

What Can We Do?

If we are truly looking to improve our way of life, our cultures, society and challenge social, environmental and global world issues we need empowered human beings who are mindful, empathetic, resilient, creative and value their uniqueness.

2014 | 4D World (Pen on paper)

About Kate

I am a practicing mentor to kids, a coach to students and graduates, and have supported many people through business, health and personal transitions for a number of years. I love coaching young people to embrace their dreams, and guiding graduates to purpose and potential.

I have recently completed studies in Positive Psychology, The Science of Happiness and am training in Mindfulness, a powerful yet simple practice proven to reduce systems of anxiety, depression and stress.

I use meditative drawing techniques to support people with emotional or mental health challenges, from fears, illness or grief. I've exhibited at Mentmore Arts Festival and Bucks Open Studios.

Design Experience
Between 2007-2013, I worked as a freelance brand and digital consultant for good causes and start-up companies, and led on digital media strategies for Visual Editions, Mencap, ColaLife, The UK ArtScience Prize and A Very Good Company. I've worked with education and creativity leaders such as Sir Ken Robinson and Richard Gerver.

I hold a first class honours degree in Graphic Design and have written for many books and magazines on how the design process and human creativity tackle local and global health, environmental and social issues.

2014 Testimonials

“I realise now that there is more to life than my eating disorder.”
Emily, 17

“I love learning and doing homework now that I can choose and design it.”
Layla, 13

"You offer by far the best after school club we've experienced."

“When I met Kate, I knew having her support was the missing piece in my business. I just needed help and guidance. Her inspiring coaching style makes information easy to digest and implement. I am truly and deeply grateful to have her working with me.”
Rita, 24

“Redesigning education with Kate is quickly becoming my favourite thing to do."
Nick, 23

“In only three weeks, I feel comfortable talking about who I really am.”
Sue, 43

“I now see the true value of using digital media for my health consultancy.”
Beatrix, 33

First SketchBetter workshop, Mentmore Art Festival 2014


I am based in Surrey and work across the UK and overseas.

Email me at
Twitter @KateAndrews and @SketchBetter