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Kathryn is an experienced chair and board member, and has worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries from resources to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services.
Throughout her professional career, Kathryn has been interested in strategy and people. Her executive career was focused on bringing about change and delivering performance. She draws on her skills, experience and interest in people to help others build on their strengths and achieve great outcomes.
After completing a chemical engineering degree at the University of Queensland, Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia (now Exxon Mobil). She then moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Co, working on engagements in strategy and change management. Thereafter began her executive career, first of all with ANZ, including as GM of their Retail Bank in NZ and as MD of Banking Products. Following this, Kathryn joined BlueScope Steel as President Australian Building and Logistics Solutions and later became President Asia, based in Singapore. Finally, at Linfox she was President Fast Moving Consumer Goods. Kathryn has been a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank since 2013 and is also on the Boards of ASX-listed companies Boral, Incitec Pivot and Djerriwarrh Investments. She is President of Chief Executive Women (CEW), Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre and of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Kathryn is a director of the Australian Centre of Innovation and is a Fellow in the Academy of Technology and Engineering. In addition to her engineering degree, Kathryn also holds an MCom in Organisational Behaviour with Honours from the University of NSW, which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business. She was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013 and the University also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Chemical Engineering.
Kathryn loves public affairs, reading, music, walking and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have a young adult son.
“I found my mentor very practical, with deep executive experience coupled with a great approach to problem solving. The mentoring process has helped me to achieve greater clarity, has challenged my thinking and broadened my views in many areas.”