Kat became Managing Director of award-winning Mercat Tours and Mercat Tours International in 2015 leading the team into its record-breaking 30th anniversary year. With a dedicated team, she has established Mercat Tours as market leader in quality, expert-led tours of Scotland’s capital, WWI and WWII battlefields of Europe.
Since graduating from the inaugural Destination Leadership Programme run by Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish Enterprise in 2015, her advice and insight have been sought by local and national strategic bodies including VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and Scottish Tourism Alliance. She is committed to skills development for the Mercat team and inspiring the future workforce, maintaining the family business ethos and continuing the legacy of ‘giving history a damn good telling’ in providing exceptional, memorable experiences.
Kat is involved in a variety of city and national tourism organisations:
- Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions Board Member (ASVA)
- Head of Membership for the Edinburgh Capital Group
- Previously…History Festival Board Member
- Scotland’s Heritage Management Committee Member
- VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Committee Member
Mercat Tours is led by the desire to look after people, building community before profit. Partnering with like-minded people and businesses allows everyone to thrive, build communities and have a positive impact beyond our own benefit.
Kat is proud of Mercat’s 30+ year success, unique identity and reputation for outstanding experiences. She is passionate about helping the business and team to flourish and, in turn, grow its influence in preserving history and the very human craft of storytelling. Her ambition is to strengthen growth in two ways; ensuring a high-quality experience for visitors and local residents and nurturing the team to become and share their very best.