About Kate Bennet

Kate Bennet

I work for the mindmapping, collaboration and innovation company Mindjet and am interested in anything involving technology, innovation, communications, cross-government work/ events, and social media (please get in touch if you would like to collaborate on anything along these lines).

A potted history

Warwick SU logoBefore working for Mindjet I went to Warwick University (studying History and Politics). After I graduated in 2007 I was elected as a Director/ Trustee for the Students’ Union. I spent a year overseeing the Union, organising events, trying 70 different sports (including wakeboarding, rugby, and cheerleading- not sure which scared me more!), and working with a great group of people (you can find some of them on Twitter- Peter Ptashko, Tom Callow, Tom Lindsay, Ed Callow, James Gadsby Pete).

Durham CathedralAfter 12 months it was time to hand over to my newly elected successor. I then moved to Durham and got involved in lots of voluntary work (helping people through the Duke of Edinburgh award, local theatre, sports clubs, etc.) whilst doing some temping on the side, a bit of work in an American kids camp, and applying to lots of jobs…

CrestIn September 2009 I started a full time job on the Civil Service Technology in Business Fast Stream. My first posting (to September 2010) was in the Department for Work and Pensions’ Corporate IT Innovation team, and my second was in the Jobcentre Plus Digitalisation team. I also did some freelance consulting (on innovation management, IT support, and design).

mindjet-logoIn January 2011 I joined Spigit, in a new UK based office which has responsibility for all customers outside of the US. After 2 1/2 years Spigit merged with Mindjet and I moved to San Francisco to continue exciting projects as part of the Product team.

Outside of work I try to spend as much time as I can hiking, kayaking, climbing, taking photographs, and doing the odd bit of farming and cooking. I also spend some of my time kayak coaching and expedition leading.

My full work history is viewable on LinkedIn.

Links to other pages/ websites I update are available on the right hand side of this page.