katie passley

Katie Passley

Regional Counsel, Croda

Katie Passley is a Senior Solicitor at EY, but currently seconded to Croda International PLC. Katie has a proven track record as an experienced Senior Legal Counsel with a demonstrated history working in industry, specialising in all types of commercial law. Katie works predominantly on contract negotiation, dispute resolution, litigation, regulation, governance and Ethics. Advising clients in several sectors of business from Energy, pharmaceuticals, construction, financial and professional services. As well as advising clients on a wide variety of legal issues Katie also trains and oversees junior staff members training and development and is an active Mentor to many across the profession. Katie brings a wealth of not just legal, but team management and development skills.

Aside from her day-to-day legal work, Katie is extremely passionate about all things Diversity and Inclusion. Katie is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion counsel at EY, and Croda PLC delivering training, lunch and learn sessions and education pieces as well as sitting on Panels covering discussions such as Race in the Regions amongst other topics. Katie truly loves working collaboratively to bring long lasting change and equity for all leveraging her platform to speak on behalf of those without a voice. Outside of work Katie also takes part in and is an active member of working groups such as “Kinship” – a safe space for diverse women and is a “Different Women, Different Places Ambassador” same gender different race, future proofing our tomorrow today. Breaking barriers we must overcome and eradicate inequalities; amplify opportunities.

Katie also has a passion for mentoring. Mentoring both inside and outside of the workplace. As well as general day to day 121 mentoring, Katie is also an active mentor for Migrant Leaders, an independent UK registered charity programme. Its aims are to: Inspire and develop disadvantaged young migrants across the UK to broaden their horizons and capture opportunities well beyond their aspirations. Build leadership and motivate young migrants to fulfil their true career potential, consequently maximising their contributions to the British economy, society and communities.

Katie is also an Ambassador for the Cheshire branch of the Institute of Directors.