Recensere Associates was re-launched in 2020 by our founder Kate Still. Kate has spent 25 years as a CEO, NED, COO and Executive in Social Purpose Businesses.

She ran Recensere for 13 years as a consultancy, but during the pandemic noticed how many fantastic people were resigning from the corporate world in search of a more meaningful way of living and working. Suddenly having all the people she would love to work with available as consultants has lead to an amazing number of opportunities to collaborate and grow Recensere.

Recognising that those of us that work in change are so often isolated, she decided to bring all the fantastic people she has worked with over the years together, to create an associates business built on kindness, play and excellence. Recensere has in the last 12 months grown rapidly, spinning off a number of new initiatives to support people and organisations achieve their full potential.

Having worked in corporate environments herself she was all too aware how these cultures so often stifle creativity and change. A creative and non linear thinker, Kate wanted to create an environment where other creative strategists could flourish and excel without compromising their autonomy. She also knew many companies were fed up with big brand strategy companies who promise the world and deliver very little. Her mission became to create a boutique strategy, communications and recruitment company she would like to buy from.


Kate founded Annison Consulting in 2008, initially to socio-economic advisory services to Regional Development Agencies. As Kates reputation grew, she was increasingly drawn to supporting Social Enterprises, Charities and Founders looking to make social impact.

An experienced CEO, COO and NED in the social and third sectors, Kate is known for her innovative and inspiring approach to transforming social organisations.

Previously the lead social enterprise advisor to the 9 Regional Economic Development Agencies, she has run international research and development partnerships in social innovation, culture change and organisational innovation across Europe. She represented the UK at both the European Social Fund and USA Social Enterprise networks.

Kate is also an experienced equality advisor, she authored both the South East and East Midlands Single Equality schemes and was an equality and inclusion advisor to the board of the Homes and Communities Agency for three years. Kate specialises in gender equality, mental health and intersectional equality. In 2008 she wrote the regional Gender and Occupational Segregation and Labour market inequality strategy for the East Midlands Development Agency.

She has been a guest speaker at Said Business School’s Social Entrepreneurship MBA programme and the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship. She authored the South East Regional Social Economy Strategy and was a lead contributor to the first UK Social Enterprise Strategy in 2006.

Joining the Housing sector in 2008, she has held senior positions in the some of the largest associations in the country. She was previously National Director of Housing for England at Sanctuary Group, which was at the time the largest social housing provider in the UK.  

Between 2017 and 2020 she was COO of WM Housing Group, leading its transformation and launching Citizen as a new challenger brand in the housing sector in 2019.

During the pandemic Kate joined Castleoak, the leading specialist health and social care developer, to create its post Covid transformation strategy.  

A sought after public speaker and mentor, Kate is an Economic and Social Research Council Scholar, A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and The Chartered Institute of Housing. She is an alumni of The London School of Economics and Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Her passion for change has in recent years increasingly focused on individuals as well as organisations. She is an experienced executive coach and mentor and is currently training as a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist.