Kate Thursfield

Kate Mills

Retail and Distribution Group Chair

Kate qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1990 and worked in local authorities for several years before joining House of Fraser Stores as Head of Safety, responsible for 56 stores and 10,000 members of staff. 

After 10 successful years, she then joined Capital & Regional as National Compliance Manager, responsible for compliance and risk management for the UK's largest owner operator of shopping centres with over 1000 retail partners. She wrote her own bespoke shopping centre risk management system which has successfully been operating across the sites for the past eight years and has won seven consecutive ROSPA Gold awards. She has also incorporated this system into the other businesses including indoor ski slopes and retail parks. 

Kate has spoken at several local authority events as an ambassador to encourage partnership working between businesses and regulators, and has also lectured at Salford University to influence the younger generation of enforcers.