Dr Ball started her academic life by taking a GAP year to Zambia, working with orphans and vulnerable children through a grassroots charity that empowered the whole community. This experience was not only challenging and life affirming, but also underlined for her the importance of her decision to study Environmental Protection, and finish her academic training at PhD Level. Dr Ball strongly advocates that environmental and human health are inextricably linked, and she is a strong proponent of science education across all genders and ages. Dr Ball has a BSc(honours) in Environmental Protection, and a PhD in statistics and ecology (both from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK).
An advocate for diversity, in particular around socio-economic background, and gender (both of which mirror her own life experiences), Dr Ball is a champion of those who wish to try and make a change, to shake things up, and to innovate – no matter who you are.
A career infused with formal academic training, extensive travel, voluntary work, fundraising, and working all hours possible through her teens, twenties and now, Dr Ball is a passionate believer of putting your heart and soul into the things you believe in.
Dr Ball is using her recent awards success to assist the culture of innovation, what she refers to as a ‘culture of conversation’, and that change is something to embrace and run with. Empowerment of the individual brings stronger teams, imbibing workplace culture with an innovative spirit brings confidence as well as better business performance.
One of Dr Ball’s heroes is George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans); also from the same home town of Nuneaton in the centre of England, and her favourite George Eliot quote is: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
Dr Catherine Ball is exclusively represented by Saxton