The Rev’d Kate Bottley

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Originally from Sheffield, the Reverend Kate Bottley is a priest in North Nottinghamshire. Ordained in 2008, she is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible. Kate was not raised in a church-going family, and started going to church because she fancied the local vicar’s son. They have been married since 1998 and have two children.

In 2012 Kate did a dance as part of a wedding flashmob which subsequently went viral, with more than seven million hits on YouTube; it was this that led to her being approached by Channel 4’s BAFTA and National Television Award-winning series show Gogglebox.

She presents BBC Radio 2’s weekly show, Good Morning Sunday, with Jason Mohammed. Kate is a frequent guest contributor on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought on The Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show and presented the station’s The Sunday Hour.

Kate is regular presenter on Songs of Praise (BBC 1). She fronted Alone With the In-Laws (BBC 2) and In The Footsteps of Judas, a flagship Easter documentary for BBC 1.

She has also made guest appearances on Celebrity Masterchef, Hairy Bikers Cracking ChristmasThe One ShowRip Off Britain (BBC 1) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). In 2017, Kate journeyed to Camino de Santiago for BBC 2’s The Pilgrimage.

Kate has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times.

She is taking a break from full-time parish ministry, but will continue to take church services and officiate at weddings and funerals, as part of a wider remit which will include writing and broadcasting projects.

Kate loves telly and dancing. Her karaoke songs of choice are 9 to 5 or Ice, Ice Baby. She is owned by a seven year old retired racing greyhound called Buster.

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

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