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Prince & Princess of Wales

Catherine Quinn, the Duchess of Cambridge’s new private secretary, joins her for first time

While at the National Tennis Centre this morning, it was not only the Duchess of Cambridge’s first solo event since the announcement of her third pregnancy, it was also the first time her new private secretary, Catherine Quinn joined her in public.

While at the centre, the Duchess showed off her tennis skills with some of the youngsters despite being three months pregnant.

She met with children from the Tennis for Kids event, a few of the UK’s most promising tennis stars and youth from the Coach Core apprenticeship scheme.

Kate also met with Alfie Hewett, a two-time Wimbledon doubles champion and two-time silver medal holder at the Rio Paralympics.
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This was the first time that Catherine Quinn has been by the Duchess of Cambridge’s side in a public manner since Rebecca Priestly (Deacon) left her position after getting married.

Catherine Quinn was head of the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School before taking up this new role.

Prior to her position at the University of Oxford, Ms Quinn took up leadership roles in two organisations, namely The Middle Temple and the Wellcome Trust.

At the Wellcome Trust, the charitable health care foundation, she led its grant-giving operations. She then moved onto the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, where she was Chief Executive.

In 2006, Ms Quinn transferred to the University of Oxford where she directed the University’s institution-wide Research Services before taking on her current role as head of the Saïd Business School.

Ms Quinn is also on the board of four organisations; namely, the Royal British Legion, The National Memorial Arboretum, The met office and The Charity Commission of England and Wales.

As far as education is concerned, Ms Quinn holds an MBA from the Said Business school and is also a graduate of the school’s Women Transforming Leadership course. She also holds honours degrees from both the UK and the US.

In her new role as Private Secretary, Ms Quinn will be in charge of the Duchess of Cambridge’s office and will manage the future Queen’s official programme and coordinate her charitable interests.

Additional reporting by: YVONNE WANJIKU GITHIRI