Kate Silverton is a highly accomplished, versatile journalist whose exemplary career at the BBC has seen her at the forefront of broadcasting. Kate is renowned for delivering highly professional, warm and engaging performances as conference chair, event facilitator and host. She has a wealth of experience in both business and journalism which has enabled her to interview major political, military and show business figures.
About Kate Silverton
Kate Silverton has also chaired conferences and debates for some of Britain’s biggest organizations such as BT, Royal Bank Of Scotland, KPMG, The Royal Navy and Transport For London. From being tear-gassed in Bethlehem and broadcasting from the frontline in Basra to figure-heading the BBC’s coverage of the Oscars and the Glastonbury festival, Kate has established herself as the new face of BBC news.
Kate Silverton has enjoyed huge success on BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24. She even launched the Corporation’s flagship 8pm bulletin and was a regular face as a presenter on the One o’clock News.
Kate is in demand to present BBC prime time documentaries, having fronted ‘Big Cat Live’, a pioneering live broadcast and featuring in ‘My Family at War’, which traced the steps of her great grandfather.
Other prime time work includes ‘Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep’ and ‘The Speaker’, where Kate mentors aspiring young presenters.
Kate Silverton has also become a mainstay reporter for Panorama and presented the prime time BBC1 feature ‘Ultimate Wild Water’; winning huge acclaim for overcoming her fear of open water to tackle some of Britain’s most notorious waters by kayak.
2010 saw Kate take on the Three Peaks Challenge with Phil Packer to raise money for Sport Relief. She has also tackled the ‘Top Gear’ race track in extremely wet conditions and made a guest appearance on ‘Have I Got News For You’.
Kate also introduced live coverage to celebrate 90 years of the Royal Air Force and provided the commentary for the Windsor Tattoo in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. She was chosen to co-host BBC One’s New Year Live celebrations to welcome 2009 from HMS Belfast.
Having previously worked as a corporate financier in the city before moving into journalism, Kate has developed a reputation for being warm, engaging and eclectic whilst also being hugely focused and highly professional.
Kate graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc in Psychology. Before that she studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history for a year, fuelled by an interest in Middle East politics following a stay on a Kibbutz in Israel and then travelling with Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt.
Kate has been a keen traveller since her first expedition with Operation Raleigh (now Raleigh International) to Zimbabwe in 1990. She has subsequently travelled extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East, most recently visiting Lesotho, Uganda and Oman. These experiences, immersing herself within hugely disparate cultures around the globe, have continued to prove the driving force for her reporting from some of the most troubled and beleaguered areas of the world.
"The client was delighted with Kate, they really loved her natural way with the speakers on stage and with the audience, and the way that she got really involved. We would have no hesitation using Kate again or recommending her. Big thanks to her."
Lloyds TSB Conferenc
"Kate did a wonderful job for us. She was enthusiastic and exceptionally professional. There were 34 awards and lots of photos to be taken and without exception everyone had a thoroughly good time."
Your Money Awards
"Kate was extremely professional, presenting with clarity and charm"
"Seeing a TV news personality up on stage putting our directors on the spot was great. Kate made the session fun and really made us feel our questions were important."
Transport for London
"Kate has, without exception, proved to be an invaluable asset and a total professional", "she is always able to engage with contributors and ensure that they have a good experience."
Royal Bank of Scotland
"Can you please convey our thanks to Kate who presented the BCS IT Industry Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel. It was a very successful event and much of this was attributed to Kate's excellent presenting skills and her ability to charm the audience"
British Computer Society
"Kate has a very professional attitude to projects like this and was an absolute dream to work with. She was sympathetic to our (and our client's) needs, but was resolute in needing to maintain her impartiality. Working with Kate was easily one of the best experiences we've had with presenters."
"Kate was outstanding. She built instant rapport with our audience. She has a natural ability to engage easily with everyone and has a professional yet charming stage presence. Having Kate back for a second event was a very popular choice and already we’re being asked if she’ll be a permanent fixture!"