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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. Now pursuing a non-executive career, Kathryn is Chairman of Boral and is on the boards of listed companies Incitec Pivot and Djerriwarrh Investments as well as The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Kathryn was a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2013 to 2018. In the non-profit sector, Kathryn is Chairman of the Breast Cancer Network Australia and of the Melbourne Recital Centre, and is a board member of the Grattan Institute, the Myer Foundation, and the Male Champions of Change. She is the immediate past president of Chief Executive Women, a former Chairman of Parks Victoria, and a former board member of the Australian Centre for Innovation. Kathryn is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In addition to her engineering degree, Kathryn holds a master’s degree of commerce in organisational behaviour with honours from the University of NSW, an organization that has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business and the Ada Lovelace Medal in 2017 that recognises an Outstanding Woman Engineer. 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.”