Towards the end of last year, we were delighted to welcome to the ECS family Katherine Coxon, who joined our busy Charities Team as a Charity Solicitor.
Having trained in a different field of law, and taken a career break, Katherine’s is a story of how skills, experience, and a passion for a cause can translate over into a new opportunity, in exciting ways! In other words, we are very excited that Katherine chose to join ECS, and wanted to give her chance to say a bit more about herself, and what she’ll be doing here.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Katherine! Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Sure! A long time ago I trained and practised as a Real Estate solicitor at Mills & Reeve in Cambridge. I then had a career break to raise my family and serve in various different roles in church life.
Recently I’ve worked in the charity sector, behind the scenes, in helping charities with grant applications and raising funding.
I’m currently a trustee of two charities – one church and one Christian organisation – and have experience of a variety of governance issues from a trustee perspective.
That’s a really varied journey! So when did Edward Connor Solicitors come on the scene? How did you find out about us and what brought you here?
Well I’ve been helping out a couple of local churches with their legal issues which actually brought me into contact with ECS from the client side! ECS have been very helpful with such specialist advice tailored to each of our unique circumstances, so I kept recommending them to others!
After being approached by Gemma Adam [our Managing Director], I wondered if I could use my experience to serve other churches.
So can you tell us how you’ll be using all that experience, what you’ll be doing here at ECS?
After the initial shock of learning lots of new Charity law, I will be serving in the Charities Team helping our clients with governance and constitutional matters.
That’s very important work with a big impact, as some of our clients’ stories can testify. What excites you most about this new role?
I’m really excited about getting to know and serve our clients, as they seek to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus in their local communities. It’s very exciting to be part of such a unique organisation as ECS, having previously practised in a secular firm, and having a new wonderful team of lovely colleagues who are all working together to further God’s kingdom.
That’s so encouraging to hear. Thank you for sharing a bit more about you and your role, Katherine – what can we be praying for you as you start at ECS?
Thank you! Please pray that I would trust God for all I need as I start this role which can seem overwhelming at times, especially after a long career break. Please do pray that I wouldn’t be anxious about anything but grow in prayerful reliance on our loving heavenly Father, and to guard against creeping imposter syndrome.
It is such a blessing and privilege to get to know other Christians around the country, both colleagues and clients working for the gospel; my prayer is that God would be able to use me too.