Katherine Baldwin is a mental health advocate, wellbeing speaker, transformational coach and author who is dedicated to transforming her pain into a force for good, helping support others who have been going through similar situations. Whilst at the height of her career working for Reuters as a political correspondent, Katherine suffered from a breakdown after an eating disorder, addictions and burnout had taken its toll on her over a period of many years. Now, Katherine shares her story to help others reach their full potential whilst still prioritising their mental health and is helping to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health so that employees can discuss it openly.
As a former international correspondent for Bloomberg and Reuters Katherine’s career, and life, were seemingly perfect: a booming career, her own home in the North of London and financial freedom. As a trusted current affairs correspondent, she had travelled with former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and was a regular face in 10 Downing Street. Katherine also had the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Brazil, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, China, Japan, the United States and all over Europe in a thriving 15-year career which left people saying “Wow!”. Having reported on wars, tsunamis, earthquakes and terrorist attacks, Katherine’s mind and body were crying out for a better work/life balance and a change of pace.
Even though from the outside Katherine appeared calm and confident, that was far from the truth. Katherine had been struggling with low self-esteem, binge eating, chronic anxiety and imposter syndrome; between covering the 2005 London bombing and grilling Tony Blair, her self-destructive habits would cause a major breakdown whilst working for the Houses of Parliament. From her darkest moments, Katherine began to slowly rebuild her life and found a purpose in her pain. She studied counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and began to love herself once again. A highly regarded speaker, Katherine has now shared her journey with and has spoken to the likes of the Valuation Office Agency, Bureau Van Dijk, S&P Global Ratings, the Electrical Industries Charity, The Jockey Club and London’s Women of the World Festival to name a few.
A prolific writer, Katherine has articles published in The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian, Psychologies, and has even released her first book ‘How to Fall in Love’. Highly sought-after as a speaker on the radio, Katherine has developed an uncanny ability to connect with her audience; her speeches are relatable and she makes people feel as though they are not alone in their struggles. With over 20 years of experience supporting others to change their relationship with themselves, there is no one who is more qualified than Katherine Baldwin to share her tried and tested tools to help people balance success with their wellbeing and mental health.
“I think the talk was pitch-perfect in what it covered and how it was delivered. I think the attendees really benefited from it and I hope it will open up further and deeper conversations. I was particularly struck by your story about being in the hotel room and eating the minibar. I think it really gave the rest of your talk authenticity and honesty because you really had gone through it and come out the other side. I would wholeheartedly recommend Katherine as a speaker. She understood what we were trying to achieve with her presentation and was helpful and professional, and the actual talk was beautifully presented and of immense benefit to the audience.”
“Katherine’s story resonated with a lot of people and made us stop and think, wherever we are on our wellbeing journey. I know colleagues felt really safe to share personal stories they may not have done previously. Thank you, Katherine, for creating that environment.”
“As well as an amazing journalist, Katherine is an inspiring speaker. Katherine hosted a webinar on ‘Strengthening Your Confidence to Optimise Performance’, which was much appreciated by all attendees. She provided advice and techniques on how to adapt through the COVID 19 period. Her talk blended her personal experience with her vast professional experience. If I had the opportunity, I would take advantage of Katherine’s speaking and motivational services again.”
“Katherine was very personable and her talk was informative and relatable. The brief was met totally and the structure of the talk was good. Every time I thought of a question, it was answered. I think a lot of people may have recognised some of the signs in themselves and realised they were engaged in addictive behaviours.”
“Thank you, Katherine – it was such a courageous story and yet inspirational for others (including myself) on how to spot the warning signs and how to look after yourself before you become burnt out. Your words were very wise and soothing.”
“Katherine’s openness and bravery to share really helped to make her talk authentic. She was able to share her experience in a positive way to help others and her passion for this shone through. Her talk helped me to identify red flags and gave me positive, practical tips to deal with things and turn them around. I would absolutely recommend Katherine as a speaker.”
“I loved the book. I thought it was fantastic. I was really inspired by it. I learned lots from reading the book and I knew that we needed to get Katherine to come and talk to our Psychologies audience.”
“I felt understood and could relate to how you felt. You covered everything I hoped to hear about – your story, your suffering, your healing, signs to look out for and how to start conversations with others. I’m more aware of how I see food, my control over it and my body, and my relationship with the scales. Katherine’s talk was empathetic and sensitive, and her concern for other people and their mental and physical health was obvious.”
“I was delighted to have Katherine join as a guest speaker for the ‘Dorset Leaders Wellbeing Summit’ in association with Light On and Dorset Mind. Katherine is authentic, inspiring and speaks from the heart. She gave an engaging session on how we can all aim for ‘Full potential with wellbeing.’”
“A really engaging workshop which enabled the students to consider their underlying issues with body image. Within a safe and trusting environment, Katherine offered a range of accessible coping mechanisms. This is invaluable work which gave the students a safe place to examine deep-rooted, often taboo body image concerns. Feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive.”
“Our centre would like to thank Katherine for her workshop on eating disorders and coping mechanisms. Katherine challenges students to pause and take a moment to reflect upon themselves as young adults. Katherine’s own experiences will probably have struck a chord with many sitting within the hall whether they admit it or not. Our centre is very grateful to Katherine for highlighting the many triggers that can cause complications and ensuring students know what options they have.”