The Rev’d Kate Bottley

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Originally from Sheffield, The Reverend Canon Kate Bottley is a Priest in North Nottinghamshire.  She is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible.  In 2012 Kate was part of a wedding flashmob video which went viral with over 7 million hits on YouTube. This led to her being approached by Channel 4’s BAFTA and NTA winning series Gogglebox.

Kate currently presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 alongside Jason Mohammed. She previously presented The Sunday Hour(BBC Radio 2) and has appeared as a contributor on Saturday Breakfast with Dermot O’Leary and Pause for Thought on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, for which she won a Jerusalem Award. She has also fronted the documentary Believing in Beauty (BBC Radio 2).

Kate is a regular presenter on Songs of Praise, Steph’s Packed Lunch (Channel 4) The One Show, Sunday Morning Live and Sunday Morning Stories (BBC 1). She has also presented Alone With the In-Laws (Studio Lambert/BBC 2) and In The Footsteps of Judas, a flagship Easter documentary for BBC 1.

She has made guest appearances on Would I Lie To You, The Wheel, Celebrity MasterChef, Hairy Bikers Cracking Christmas, Impossible Celebrities, Rip Off Britain (BBC 1), Richard Osman’s House of Games (BBC 2) 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Sitting on a Fortune (ITV1). In 2017, Kate journeyed to Camino de Santiago for The Pilgrimage, a three-part travelogue series for BBC 2.

In 2023 Kate released her first book Have A Little Faith…Life Lessons on Love, Death and How Lasagne Always Helps.

Kate adores outdoor swimming not only for its benefits to her physical but also her mental health. In 2018 she set herself the challenge of doing 365 outdoor swims in a single year, which she completed. In March 2020, Kate joined fellow BBC Radio 2 presenters Jo Whiley and Richie Anderson in the Dare2Tri Challenge for Sport Relief which saw the them completing 3 Triathlons in 3 days across 3 cities; Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester.

Kate loves telly and dancing. Her karaoke songs of choice are 9 to 5 or Ice, Ice Baby.

Reverend Kate Bottley is available for after dinner speeches, motivational talks and conference speaking.
 Twitter @revkatebottley
Instagram: @revkatebottley

Photo credit: John Mannell

We had such a lovely time with Kate at our Annual Meeting. Her talk was funny, informative and uplifting and enjoyed by all those attending the event.

Dorset Federation of Women Institutes

The feedback from our members has been tremendous, many have said it was the best meeting ever. Kate’s presentation truly inspired our members, her humour and easy chat uplifted everyone and they all went home smiling.

Somerset County Federation of Women’s Institutes 2022

Kate was brilliant, thanks. We really enjoyed having her here and she struck up a good rapport with our students.

Uppingham School - In Conversation with, 2021

Kate was absolutely FANTASTIC! One of our volunteers, who has been to nearly every event we’ve done for the last seven years, said he enjoyed it more than any other event we’d ever had. She was an absolute joy and we loved every minute of hosting her.

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival 2019

Kate was fantastic and so personable. The members absolutely loved her and no task we asked of her was too much from announcing raffle tickets to taking selfies with the members. Our Facebook account has been inundated with wonderful comments and fabulous photos. We were privileged to hear stories regarding your children who obviously bring you a lot of joy and support and your upbringing.

Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Annual Council Meeting 2019

We chose Kate as the after dinner speaker for our Annual Institute Dinner. Throughout the evening Kate was absolutely fantastic, from speaking with top table guests before the meal to dancing with guests after her speech. Kate’s delivery was flawless, she engaged with everybody in the room and her speech was absolutely brilliant and had one or two people crying with laughter. I couldn’t recommend Kate more highly for any corporate events as her professionalism and humour couldn’t fail to disappoint. I would also highly recommend COBJ Management as they were extremely helpful throughout the entire process.

Middlesbrough CII Dinner in Middlesbrough, 2019

Kate certainly got our conference off to a positive and joy-filled start! As well as mingling with delegates on their arrival prior to her speech, she made time to chat to speakers and organisers afterwards, offering photos and smiles all round. Her energy, enthusiasm, honesty and seemingly endless raft of perfectly judged stories really did engage the delegates and provided the perfect bridge between passion for life more generally and renewed faith in our calling. Wit, intelligence and care seem to ooze from Kate and we would not hesitate to recommend her to others seeking a key note. She was only too willing to accommodate us on the pre-event conference call […] giving us her full attention and charm! Every aspect of her approach, both in the lead-up to and on the day itself, has been exemplary, and an inspiration to us all here at GSAL. Our memories of her words and her presence will certainly not fade quickly.

Teaching and Learning Leeds Conference 2019

Kate did an amazing job at our awards on Friday! She was a joy to work with; her hosting of the event was so adept, so witty, so sparklingly good. Many people have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed it, and all have commented on what a splendid job she did and how she hit exactly the right tone.

RTS Yorkshire Awards 2019

Can you please pass on my grateful thanks to Rev Kate Bottley, she was amazing both conducting our Service but also in speaking to Conference. It was just wonderful, enjoyed so much by everyone I have spoken to. She lit up the Conference with her stories and her personality. We would certainly have to build more Churches if our Vicars were more like her. Please convey my appreciation and thanks for everything Kate did to make the 2019 Conference stand out from the others.

Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain & Ireland Conference 2019

Just a very belated and hasty thank you for the amazingly good meeting on Monday. If the Rev is so minded, she should take her show the Edinburgh Fringe, she’d play to packed houses. All your hard was worth the effort thank you all.

Surrey Federation of WIs Annual Council Meeting 2019

On behalf of everyone at Leeds Trinity I just wanted to say a massive thank you again for returning to campus and giving the most amazing talk. I also want to thank you for all the time you gave so many people and how you welcomed everyone in to the auditorium. The talk had everything. It was entertaining, insightful, honest and inspiring and there was a huge buzz with everyone who was there. People will be talking about this for a long time!

Leeds Trinity University - Alumni and Students’ Event 2018

I just wanted to drop a line to say how much everyone loved Kate speaking at our conference. She is a force of nature! Her story is inspiring and hilarious and she was exactly what we wanted for our event. Kate took extra time meeting and greeting our delegates…!

Church School Leadership Programme Conference 2018

Our members really enjoyed her as she was really down to earth and funny.

Autumn Conference for Derbyshire WI 2016

Kate was absolutely brilliant! Everyone loved her, and she met a lot of people!

Insurance Institute of Hull Dinner 2020

Kate was absolutely brilliant!! She is so approachable. She went round the room speaking to the ladies before she did her ‘stuff’ which was entertaining from start to finish. She fulfilled our criteria of ‘Inspiring Women’ in spades. A lovely person with a huge personality.

Rotherham and District Federation of Townswomen’s Guild

I really love your humour and the balance you have found with life. You are a diamond and pearl

Your authenticity is jumping out of the screen to me !!!!!

Oh my goodness “light bulb” moment… of course we must love ourselves to do that kate!!! Thank you

Thank you so much for your time, wisdom and humanity – I am so glad I chose to come to this session over the many other draws on time today – its like a warm blanket over teams

I absolutely loved this session, didn’t know what to expect and WOW what a way to kick off the women’s history month, so many emotions – sadness and joy, incredible! Thank you so much to Kate and incredible EYWN for organising this event, amazing!!!

EY Women's Network event

Kate was an absolute delight and loved by our WI members. She is an excellent Speaker who delivered an upbeat talk bringing joy, laughter and tears and was honest, humble and fun. It was just what we all needed at this time.

Board of Trustees from the Hampshire County Federation of WIs