"I was really pleased to return to Leeds Trinity as a guest speaker. Having benefitted from the support of the university I really wanted to give something back."
Kate Hoban returned to Leeds Trinity on Wednesday 19 November 2014 to talk to current students about Corporate and Personal Nutrition Planning. Entrepreneur Kate set up her own nutrition consultancy after graduating, offering one-to-one guidance for clients to help them lose weight or help deal with other dietary related issues.
After a successful first year Kate has penetrated the corporate services market by partnering up with fellow 2013 graduate Gemma Jas (Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition). Gemma and Kate knew each other before attending Leeds Trinity and were also friends during their studies.
The new company, Engage Wellbeing, supports companies by improving staff health, reduce costs and increase profitability. Kate and Gemma will do this by running fitness classes, health MOT's, reviewing catering services and offering a range of other wellbeing services.
As the business develops Kate and Gemma are interested in offering valuable experience to current Leeds Trinity students on Nutrition programmes.
Kate ensured she utilised her time as a student – "I did my market research in my second year and took advantage of the support from the Careers & Employability Team and a professional mentor."
She loves working for herself and the benefits that go with it – "no two days are the same, its great being my own boss and I have flexibility to manage my workload."
Kate was really pleased to be able to speak during Enterprise and Employability Week 2014 "I was really pleased to return to Leeds Trinity as a guest speaker. Having benefitted from the support of the university I really wanted to give something back."
Gemma also attended Kate's session "I'm delighted to be able to work with a fellow graduate in launching a successful business together."
Both Kate and Gemma have the philosophy that work shouldn't feel like work when you're doing something you love.
Offering advice to current students Kate said:
"Plan now and link up with other businesses to see how they operate. Make sure you utilise the resources and support available to you at the university including your placement".