Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson

Programme Manager

Pronouns: She/Her

At Nesta Challenges, Catherine is a Programme Manager, currently focusing on the Ofwat Innovation Fund. The £200 million fund was set up by Ofwat to  grow the water sector’s capacity to innovate, enabling it to better meet the evolving needs of customers, society and the environment.

Catherine previously worked on Open Up Challenge 2020, a challenge prize delivered by Nesta in partnership with Open Banking Ltd., focusing on products and apps that use open banking to help people better manage their money through more transparent, accessible and fair products.

Prior to Nesta, Catherine led the Innovation team at the Fairtrade Foundation, working on new approaches to supporting farmers and workers in global supply chains with a focus on supply chain transparency, human rights, data visualisation and blockchain. Catherine has a background in tech-focused innovation, starting her career in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and more recently working in tech for good in the charity sector as part of the On Purpose Associate Programme. 

Catherine is passionate about the potential for businesses to have a net positive social impact, and outside of work is currently studying MSt Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. When not studying or working, Catherine can be found sampling incredible food, tinkering with the latest smart home devices, or attempting to get up in time for Park Run.