Kathryn Perera is Head of Transformation at Horizons Group, NHS England. She has worked across law, politics, campaigning and social enterprise, converting theory into practical outcomes with system-wide impact. Kathryn was a 2015/2016 US-UK Fulbright Commission Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University working with Marshall Ganz on Public Narrative, community organising and theories of change leadership.
A barrister by background, Kathryn practised Public and Employment Law at 11KBW Chambers for several years before helping to establish and run Movement for Change, an award-winning Community Organising social enterprise. In this role, Kathryn developed an internationally recognised Community Organising training programme, working across sectors nationwide to build skills, capacity and energy for activist-led change.
Kathryn joined NHS Horizons to lead the development of social movement theory and practice in all programmes of work, and to assist in setting up the Horizons Community Interest Company to offer cutting edge transformational expertise to the health and care sector, both in the UK and abroad. Kathryn’s current programmes of work include system-wide collaborations within NHS England, as well as programmes ranging from quality improvement to loneliness, public health and volunteering.