Katrina worked with Brockton Capital Fund II L.P. on the successful investment and eventual exit of Camden Lock Market and has a wealth of experience in creating experiential retail, leisure and festival environments in the UK and internationally. At Camden Lock Katrina demonstrated a wealth of leadership skills, leading the processes of future development and change management across all disciplines, spanning operations, finance, market-management, marketing and communications. Katrina was directly responsible for generating significant amounts of additional revenue streams, setting up profitable strategic partnerships and re-engineering the whole operations and running of the market.
Katrina joined the buyer of Camden Lock Market, Market Tech, as Commercial Operations Director. In addition to overseeing 16 acres of Central London real estate for Market Tech, Katrina was also influential in the planning and launching of Market Tech’s co-working office space ‘The Interchange’. Katrina was also instrumental in the granting of planning permission for the Lock Market.
Katrina co-founded the Big Chill Festival in 1994. The Big Chill Festival expanded to 40,000 patrons with an annual turnover of £5m, in the process spawning an entire industry of similar events & boutique festivals in the UK. Katrina established leading lifestyle trends within the Big Chill including contemporary street-food, The Art Trail (taking established artists to create out-door installations, working with artists including The Chapman Brothers, Vivienne Westwood, Gavin Turk, Rankin, Ackroyd & Harvey, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst). Katrina ultimately sold the The Big Chill festival to Cantaloupe Group in 2008 (now part of Live Nation Entertainment), remaining as Creative Director until 2010. Katrina was awarded the ‘Lifetime
Achievement Award’ at The UK Festival Awards in 2010.
In 2004, along with the Cantaloupe Group, Katrina opened her first bar in Brick Lane London. Katrina was key in co-founding the Brick Lane festival and becoming part of the growing cultural and micro-businesses within the area. The Group opened a further two bars in Kings Cross and Bristol. The annual turnover for the three bars was £5m. Katrina designed each of the London bars and won various design and bar awards for each space.
Throughout her career Katrina has gained vast experience in working with many leading UK and International cultural bodies including the British Council, the I.C.A, B.F.I, Tate Modern and G.LA. Katrina sat on the expert council for ‘Cool Brands’ for 6 years.