Kim Catcheside has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She began her career as a reporter for BBC Radio Sheffield during the miners’ strike where one of her first contributions to Radio 4 was a feature on how striking families had been forced to resort to the perilous 19th century practice of “coal picking” on the massive slag heaps around the collieries.
After a long spell as a political correspondent Kim became a social affairs correspondent in 1997 specialising in welfare. Later she took on the education brief in addition to social policy. Over the years Kim has worked hard to get issues of child poverty and welfare onto the airwaves. Since leaving the BBC in 2010, Kim has taken a post as a director with a communications agency that helps charities and organisations with a public policy focus.