Kate is a Gamilaraay, Ngarabal and Dunghutti woman, born on Dharug Country Sydney, and currently living and working on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country in Canberra and Googong NSW. Kate comes from a military family with Army service from both her Grandfather’s, and Naval service from two Uncles, her Father and husband.

Kate began working for Defence in the APS in 2016 after graduating from University with a Bachelor of Communication and Advertising. Her experience ranges across various areas including communications, strategy, project delivery, policy, events, HR, WHS, programs, contract management, reporting and governance.

Kate spent 7 years working in a variety of roles in Defence with the majority of her time spent in First Nations, diversity and culture areas. She has led teams focused on implementing strategic Department wide commitments under Pathway to Change, the Defence Transformation Strategy, the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and Reconciliation Action Plans.  Kate received a bronze commendation for her work in leading the development of the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022, which was Defence’s largest commitment to Reconciliation to date.

Her time in Defence also included working within the Youth Directorate within Joint Capability Group. There she established a new team focused on providing pathways to youth from diversity groups such as First Nations, female, CALD and STEM. The team has continued to expand and complements the Defence work experience programs, providing development opportunities, leadership camps, and skill building workshops to youth from diversity groups, to empower them in their career decision making and expand their career opportunities.

Kate also spent some time working for NSW State Government in the NSW Aboriginal Languages Trust, where she led the policy and research team which focused on supporting Aboriginal communities in NSW with their languages reclamation and revitalisation efforts, in addition to leading the Trust’s commitments to the National Agreement, and managing their responsibility as the NSW State Government lead for target 16.

Kate carries a strong passion for First Nations affairs and is drawn to work that has a positive impact on people’s lives. She is an avid lifelong learner and is currently completing her Masters in Strategic Communication with her sights set on a PHD in the future. She has completed the Brene Brown Dare to Lead course and holds a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership from the AILC. Kate also has an interest in writing children’s books, and has completed the AWC writing children’s picture books course and is currently completing the writing chapter books for 6-8 year olds course.

Kate has two children, Blaire and Brock, and dog Galumaay with her husband Chris. In her spare time she loves cooking, weaving, art, music, stand-up comedy, weightlifting and running.