Meet the team – Katie Fulcher
Katie Fulcher, Executive Officer for Key Sectors.
Tell me about your role.
The LEP’s mission is to create jobs and grow the economy and in doing so, to raise the quality of life for all of those that live and work here. Underpinning a part of the LEP’s strategy is a focus on unlocking our specific sector strengths and opportunities, it is my role to support this part of our agenda by working closely with our Sector Champions and other partners and stakeholders to identify opportunities and design interventions. This may include activities like supporting and influencing sector initiatives to drive productivity, undertaking and commissioning research, gathering and sharing best practice across sectors and much more.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The thing I enjoy most about my role is the variety it provides; in the morning you may be working on bringing together an advanced manufacturing initiative and by the afternoon be discussing opportunities for the business, professional & financial services sector and having an overview of how all the sectors interlink and support each other is a real bonus. As someone who loves to learn, this role suits me very well as every day I learn something new. And working for an organisation that is able to contribute to the good of the region is very rewarding experience.
What did you study at university and why?
At University I studied English Literature, quite simply because it was my favourite subject and I hoped it would provide me with a broad range of skills. I love reading novels and poetry, particularly those with a historical context (I think I was the only one of my course friends to choose pre-1830 for their dissertation) and to this day my bookshelf is still my pride and joy.
What is your favourite place in the GBSLEP area and why?
Honestly, it would be difficult to choose a ‘favourite’ as we have so many wonderful locations across the area, with such a varied range of offerings. One of my favourites would have to be Cannock Chase for the bike rides, there are some really excellent mountain bike trails for all abilities. I also love Birmingham city centre which has so much to offer in terms of attractions and culture, I moved to Birmingham approximately 6 years ago now and it has been wonderful to watch all the developments that have happened during that period.
If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
Again a difficult one to answer, but I would have to go with Stephen Fry, who has been a lifelong hero of mine with his incredible eloquence and intelligence. I would love to talk to him about all sorts of ‘quite interesting’ things.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Omnilingualism- the ability to understand, speak, and read any language without training in it! I love to travel and explore different cultures, I think being able to communicate with people all across the globe would be an incredible gift. As Rita Mae Brown put it ‘language is the road map of a culture.’