Katherine Walker, Former Director of Admissions & Marketing, The British International School, Budapest

  • 5 Jul 2017 12:00 AM
Katherine Walker, Former Director of Admissions & Marketing, The British International School, Budapest
Katherine has worked in marketing and business development for over 20 years, firstly in retail and then, for the past 12 years, in educational marketing. She has worked for organisations such as the BBC, M&S and some of the top independent schools in the UK both day and boarding.

Her roles also took her overseas, marketing the schools in a variety of interesting places and having to chase her lost luggage across continents! She is an experienced trainer and public speaker who has taken on many speaking engagements at national events in the UK.

Katherine is a devoted cricket fan, a long suffering Everton supporter and a shoe collector. Keeping fit is very important to her and she will often be found on a spin bike, at a HIIT class or speed walking up a hill. Katherine has been happily married to Rob for 23 years.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I arrived here in May 2017 to become the Director of Admissions and Marketing at the British International School Budapest.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Well as a Lancastrian who has recently been living in Yorkshire some would say I have already been an expat, but no I have never lived outside the UK.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
The wines they are fantastic especially the whites such a surprise as you don't get Hungarian wine in the UK.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
As we have only been here such a short time it's hard to say but I would suggest getting your walking shoes on and just wandering around, it is amazing what you find and see. Budapest is a very walkable city and I love to people watch as we walk around.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
As my favourite food is spicy food then most Hungarian food I have tried is amazing. Paprika with everything in our house.

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Cheese, I love cheese so much, the smellier and riper the better. My favourite is Epoisse de Bourgogne.

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Bocsánat and elnézést as a Brit learning how to say sorry and excuse me in a new language are always very important! We do love to say sorry.

8. What do you miss the most from home?
Well apart from family and friends, cricket! I am an obsessive England fan and our first priority was to make sure we could see the cricket on TV. Test Match Special is my constant summer companion and I can't wait for the Ashes to start in November.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
A cricket commentator on TMS!! Or perhaps an actress or a stand-up comedian! There is still time for all of those I am sure! In reality I would probably be a personal trainer and life coach as I totally believe in the benefits of fitness and exercise on mental health. However I would love to write a novel one day.

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Anything where I did the same thing day in and day out, I am very easily bored and just can't cope with boredom.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
In the Loire Valley in a small place called Amboise. We love France, its food and countryside.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
Nothing planned yet but I would love to explore and get to know Hungary and all its special places.

13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
I love lots of music but if we are talking as a teenager then it is U2. I have loved them since the first time I heard them, the Joshua Tree is still one of my favourite albums of all time. I was quite a well behaved teenager but I am hoping to make up with a more rebellious future!

14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
Shoe shops!

15. Red wine or white?
I love both but probably white would have the slight edge but a hard choice.

16. Book or movie?
No brainer books, books and more books. I adore reading and am never, ever without at least one book on the go.

17. Morning person or night person?
Morning all the way, I get up early to exercise before work and love the peace and light of an early morning in the summer. I enjoy a good party in the evening and am happy to be the life and soul as long as it is before 10pm!

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Mental Health, it can affect so many people and so many parts of our communities, particularly young people. Suffering from mental health illnesses can affect your access to so many parts of life. We need to be as concerned about that as we are about physical health issues.

19. Buda side or Pest side?
Well we live on Buda and I love the green and space but I really enjoy people watching and Pest is the best place for that!

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Life is too short to eat bad food or drink bad wine!

Enquiries for admission are through the school website: www.bisb.hu

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