CInstLM, MSyI, SIA Board Member

As Founder and CEO of UMBRA International Group, Kate has unparalleled expertise working with Private and Family Offices as well as the security sector, and is uniquely positioned to deliver and advise on Secure Lifestyles. Her view is that security affects everyone and has a huge impact on everyday health and wellbeing, and in life post COVID-19 this will be even more prevalent.

Kate started her career garnering experience by spending 15 years as an Executive Assistant to a series of High-net worth clients, cultivating her network by founding and leading as Chair of The Network, widely regarded as the UK’s leading network of influential gatekeepers. During this time, whilst working closely with her client’s security teams, Kate underwent extensive SIA Close Protection Training herself. Using the substantial knowledge and experience acquired in both Protection Services and private and family office during this time, in 2015 Katie founded UMBRA International Group.

What started as a network of forward-thinking security and protection operatives, UMBRA International Group quickly developed into a globally recognised and world leading business, adept at changing quickly with demands of the market and becoming synonymous with discreet, diverse and trusted practices. Kate and her team work to meticulously asses risk and minimise them and she is spearheading a movement of bringing traditional security to a broader audience and into every avenue of modern life.

To date, Kate has managed a collective net-worth of over £50bn across her career and alongside its head office in London, UMBRA International Group has expanded its global capacity to include partnerships in USA, South Africa, Middle East and mainland Europe with a focus on France and Switzerland.

As a leading voice in her industry, Kate is a regular speaker and panel member in the “Secure Lifestyle” movement as incepted by UMBRA International Group, hosting round tables and webinars for Mastercard, Magic Circle Firms and many others after her well received TEDx talk on Invisible Security in 2018. Her standing and leadership in the industry and among her peers was recognised in 2020 when she was appointed to the Board of its regulator, the Security Industry Authority.

Outside of industry, Kate is a passionate supporter of the transition of veterans and ex-pro sportspeople into meaningful civilian life and employment, both professionally and personally. She is a Veterans’ Aid Ambassador, member of the Supporting Wounded Veterans Committee and regularly undertakes physical challenges the raise funds for these causes.


Appointed to the Board of The Security Industry Authority in 2020
Featured in Citywealth’s ‘Leader’s List’ (the Private Client Directory of recommended Advisers)
Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2019 nominee
Awarded Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management (CInstLM) in 2018
Proud member of the Security Institute & Trustee of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals
Non-Executive Director of Amatte,  a company with a vision to empower Africa’s female farmers

Invisible Security : Can Women Protect Men? | TEDxClapham

5.4% of all [bodyguard] license holders are women. But this statistic doesn’t really tell the story of how useful women are, and how there has been a massive increase in the demand for this invisible protection, for which women are the perfect candidates.