Rev Kate Brooke

Kate taught music and instrumental studies in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, for the local education authorities and in private schools as a peripatetic teacher. She also ran an after-school children’s music centre for Herts Education Authority for a number of years.

In the mid ‘80s, she took a career break when her children were very small, as her husband’s work took the family to Japan for two years.

In 2004 Kate was ordained as a minister in the Church of England and moved to County Durham to take up a post as curate in Bishop Auckland, followed by a period of being associate minister in Hartlepool.

Since 2011, she has worked full-time as chaplain at HMP Holme House, having previously worked at both Durham and Low Newton alongside her roles in the community. Her role had a particular emphasis on the issue of resettlement, and she took on the role of chair of trustees for the Holme House Visitors’ Centre Society. This is now a Nepacs visitors’ centre.

Kate is also a recognised spiritual director and teaches Enneagram studies in personality awareness and development.

She is currently training as a psychotherapist, in order to support prisoners and their families more effectively.