Kate, Legal Manager, Company Secretary, and Ethics Officer
My academic and ENGIE background
I studied Russian at Durham University, then worked in Moscow for two years before studying law in London and qualifying as a solicitor. I worked as an associate at Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells and Baker Botts), before transferring to work in-house at ENGIE E&P in the UK in 2007.
I manage the legal team which advises all functions on all contracts entered into by the business, and also on the impact of English legislation in general. I’m also the Company Secretary and the Ethics Officer.
Why I joined the company – and why I have stayed
Whilst working for Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells and Baker Botts), I was involved in the setting up of GDF Britain in the UK (as a newly qualified solicitor) and in subsequently advising the company on a variety of matters. So I knew the company right from its beginning, and when the opportunity to work in-house at the company arose, I jumped at the chance. I’ve stayed because, having seen the company develop from its beginnings into what it is today, I feel a strong loyalty towards it. I also have great faith in the company’s ability to succeed, as it is full of determined people who are driven to succeed. Every day there is a new challenge – it’s never boring!