Katie Bavester has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, stakeholder management, strategic marketing and project management. She is passionate about building business relationships that deliver positive benefits to all parties involved and which maximise delivery outcomes. Katie has worked in both the public and private sector. Her career has seen her gain experience in a variety of sectors including education, advertising and marketing, economic development working in sectors such as agriculture and food processing, hospitality and tourism and creative industries, culture and sport.


Until October 2012 Katie was the Regional Project Manager for the London 2012 Games. She led an extensive programme of delivery working with multiple stakeholders from the public, private and third sector to maximise economic and social impact from the Games in the East of England for 7 years.



Through Bavester Associates Katie works independently and with Associates in project teams. Key Associates include:



Judith Barker runs Inspiring Partnerships enabling sustainable economic growth.  She offers expertise covering:


Research, business case and funding bid development

Project management, delivery, review and evaluations

Stakeholder engagement and meeting facilitation


Judith has worked in economic development for 15 years and is a skilled strategic and operational manager.  From 2002-2007 she lead the East of England Development Agency’s Investing in Communities programme which reached £25M per year at its peak.  She also lead the national Regional Development Agency response with DEFRA on Modernising Rural Delivery from 2003-6.  Judith has been consulting since 2008 with over 30 commissions from more than 20 clients.  She is currently working with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships and Culture First. Her wider experience includes community development, social housing and children and young people’s services.


Judith offers integrity, enthusiasm, reliability and excellence in all her commissions.


Dr Tanya Gray of TCG Advisory has over 20 years of experience developing initiatives focused on sports participation, voluntary sector capacity building and economic regeneration. This included her role as the North East’s DCMS Coordinator for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, working to maximise the benefits of the Games to the regional economy.  This involved extensive engagement with over 400 local, regional and national stakeholders often representing culturally diverse, economically distinct and politically sensitive communities and individuals.


After setting up her own local consultancy business, Tanya is currently committed to supporting locally based sports clubs and voluntary associations, particularly those in economically deprived areas who face multiple social and community challenges. She works with these groups providing practical advice and assistance to help them move to a more professional and sustainable basis. Such support includes strategic planning, business plan development, fund raising, bid writing and project evaluation.


Increasingly, this work also involves the development and implementation of data collection and management systems that are capable of extracting meaningful data from particularly hard to reach groups and the agencies that represent their interests. In the last year, this has included projects focused on drug users on recovery pathways, homeless individuals and young people at risk of developing anti-social behaviour records.