Former serving member of the British Army, Katrina Hodge has had a career with no other. From the front line to the spotlight, Katrina hit the headlines when she won the country’s most prestigious pageant, whilst still in the Forces. Having gone on to use her platform to advocate for women’s rights, Katrina is now a sought-after event speaker booked to empower other females to achieve their ambitions despite any challenges they face. A truly inspirational role model, Katrina has paved the way for change in her industry and campaigns for the same equality elsewhere.
Joining the Army aged 17, Katrina completed her basic training with the Royal Anglian Regiment before being deployed to Iraq to undergo her first tour of duty in 2005. Throughout her military career, Katrina rose through the ranks and earned the title of Corporal before her retirement in 2015, a testament to her commitment to the role. After an incident in which she showed immense bravery, which involved saving five lives, Katrina was publicly commended, a highlight of her career. Despite such success in the military, Katrina was the victim of sexist bullying and fought hard to remain resilient against the adversity she faced in her 11-year service.
Rising to prominence in 2009, Katrina competed in the Miss England pageant, taking a break from her military duties to do so. Having had a passion for performing from a young age, and attending the BRIT School, Katrina instantly thrived in the competition. Determined to use her opportunity to make pageants go more than skin deep, Katrina successfully campaigned for the bikini round to be removed, and instead focus on attributes like academics, charity work and athleticism. Her work for better rights for women remains a passionate cause for Katrina. She won the competition and was crowned Miss England 2009, going on to appear at Miss World.
Since retiring from the military in 2009, Katrina has been a vocal activist in the media for equal rights, particularly in male-dominated industries such as the Army. She has spoken publicly about mother’s rights and the gender divide she experienced as a Corporal and she expands on these topics as a speaker. A popular choice for empowering event audiences, Katrina’s diverse career and prominent position ensure she is the ideal addition to any event.
Katrina Hodge is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“I wanted to say thank you to you and to Katrina for sharing her inspirational story with us at UCB yesterday – I believe a lot of people found it very touching and motivating. […] It was also lovely to hear of the current things that Katrina has been championing.”