Female boss feature - Kate Rowe-Ham Personal trainer

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

Many women get to their forties and feel they are too old to start again, changed career but not Kate. This is mini interview reveals how she retrained in a new profession in order to live life on her terms!

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Kate, an almost 43 Personal Training mum to Ollie 13, Sophie 10 and Rupert 3

What inspired/motivated you to create your business?

Pre kids I ran the most successful film location company in the UK. I loved the buzz and excitement of helping location managers and directors find the perfect place to film. Sadly after the birth of my daughter, followed by a move to Switzerland I had to sell the business. On returning to the UK and after baby number 3 I knew and I wanted to work. I wanted to motivate myself and inspire my children and show them that if you want you can look for a work / family balance. I have always had a passion for fitness and felt retraining and becoming a Personal Trainer and my own boss would enable this.

What advice would you give others wanting to start a business? Or rise up through the ranks? Believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone fill you with doubt and if at first you don’t succeed... try again.

What have you learnt on your journey as a business owner? You have to be tough and that what you overcome and learn on your journey is so valuable. I have also met some wonderful people on the way and had so much support from my close knit friends.

What has been the toughest challenge being your own boss? Asking for help and being realistic about the juggle. I’m terrible at delegating and as I have OCD even if someone wants to help I often say no because I hate not being in control but I’m learning to say yes

What is the best thing about being your own boss? I can determine the schedule. If the kids have sports day or they are sick I can generally work around it. I will avoid letting clients down at all costs and thankfully I now have a studio at home so this is pretty manageable

Seven random facts about yourself

  1. I hate avocados but eat them because they are so good for you

  2. I love musicals especially Les Miserables

  3. I would run everyday if I could

  4. I think I’m brilliant at Karaoke (videos would suggest otherwise)

  5. I hung out with Kelly Slater (Baywatch) when I was travelling in Bali (years and years ago )

  6. I used to want to be an actress

  7. I ran the London marathon in 2002 in 3:45, I’m hoping to do the 2020 and see if I can beat my time 18 years later

Anything to add?

My huge passion is helping and getting busy women moving and I realise we don’t all like or have time for the gym. As such I currently offer free online Instagram workouts at 6.35AM Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday, these are saved for 24 hours . Kates Instagram is @hiit4life


Sweet toothed, travel loving, audiobook addict who is also a mum of two. Her passion for inspiring women to find what lights them up, encouraging independence, self awareness and self love through coaching, events and online support have spawned a safe place where women can rediscover who they are this place is House of Cleo.

 Founder and Life Coach 

Cleo Walters

Email me Holla@houseofcleo.co.uk

Call me 07814100145

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