Catherine Hawkins is a commercial specialist with over 15 years experience in the sales and sponsorship sector. She started her career in advertising sales, quickly rising to Sales Director at publishing house Cabbell Publishing before moving to online advertising network ad pepper, where she was responsible for driving inventory sales throughout Europe as Business Development Director. After a successful period as Group Sales Manager for Sport Business International, she launched Think!Sponsorship in October 2002. Catherine specialises in working with sponsorship-seekers to identify assets and opportunities within organisations with the goal of converting these into revenue-generating & sustainable commercial programmes.
Catherine regularly lectures on sponsorship, event management and revenue generation in the UK & Europe and is a accomplished moderator. Catherine trains sponsorship-seekers via the acclaimed Sell!Your Sponsorship Workshop series and mentors young professionals through the businesses partnership with London Metropolitan University & the University of East London. In 2015 she was appointed as a Non Executive Director of National Parks Partnerships which supports the commercial interests of the 15 National Parks in the UK that collectively make up the National Parks family.
Catherine is (unsurprisingly) a keen walker, a devoted – and long-suffering - Ipswich Town FC fan and also enjoys cooking, films and music. She is married and lives in London.