Introducing Bluestone: Kate Walker

Regional Account Manager, Anglia and South Midlands

“Because we can arrange finance for just about any asset and offer a wide range of finance products from asset finance to commercial loans and invoice discounting, no two days are the same, and I love that about my job.”

Kate joined Bluestone Leasing in 2018 and since then has become not only an integral member of our team, but also one of the most helpful and friendly people in the office. After 3 years in an internal account management role, in 2021 Kate’s experience and hardworking approach led to a new role as our regional account manager for Anglia and the South Midlands.

The early days and education

Kate grew up in Wakefield in West Yorkshire which, we are proud to say, is also where you’ll find Bluestone Leasing’s head office. While her earliest memory is being “taught” how to ride a bike at the age of 4 (“I was pushed down a hill, steered around a tree and crashed into a stone garage at the bottom!”), Kate’s favourite pastime was playing the popular trading card game, ‘Magic the Gathering’.

At school, Kate discovered a talent and interest in science and had an early ambition to become a vet, but that did not go to plan.

“Unfortunately, as it turns out I am allergic to most animals so that idea went out the window!”

Kate worked at McDonalds throughout college and much of university where she studied biology and chemistry. When asked who she most admires, her answer is Carl Sagan, the American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator.

“Carl Sagan was not only an incredibly intelligent man, he was also well known for his extreme kindness.”

The world of work and Bluestone

After university, Kate worked in science and medical research for some time, but after deciding that she would be better suited to a more personable role, she made the move into the finance industry.

“From my first interview with Bluestone I could tell that it would be a great place to work. The people I met were so engaging and respectful to their staff, and the people there seemed genuinely happy to be in the business.”

A little more about Kate

Kate’s approach to work, and life, is a positive one as she tries “not to dwell on things that won’t be important this time next year”. One of her biggest pet peeves is lateness, and she always wants to be as helpful to others as she can whether in her personal or professional life.

If Kate could change one thing about the world it would be to prevent the destruction of wildlife habitats. When not at work, Kate likes to plan a city break with her significant other, and she hopes one day to be able to trek around Yosemite or Yellowstone National Park in the US.

“I am here to help the businesses in my region secure funding for the assets they need to grow and succeed whether that’s investing telecoms, an office fitout, IT, reprographics, LED lighting, or anything else that gets them where they need to be.”

If you would like Kate’s help to finance a new project in your business or to offer finance as a payment option to your customers, get in touch today.

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