Catherine is a respected social and commercial practitioner with over 20 years experience in social sector leadership roles.
Since her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Bangarra Dance Theatre in March 2010, Catherine has worked closely with artistic director Stephen Page to raise the company’s profile and deliver new artists-in-residence and Indigenous employment programs.
During the early part of her career, Catherine was CEO of a number of theatre and dance companies working with some of Australia’s leading artists Stephen Page, Paul Mercurio, Meryl Tankard, Ningali Lawford and Nanette Hassell, and produced innovative dance theatre works that toured nationally and internationally.
Catherine was the Dance Program Manager for the federal government authority, the Australia Council for the Arts from1983-86 and Executive Director of the Australian Dance Council (Ausdance NSW) in 1988-89.
As the Chief Executive of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia from 1999 to 2005 Catherine was responsible for strategic development of the Institute’s education business, revision of key professional standards and new regulation in general insurance as a result of the collapse of HIH. Catherine was a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council that developed the governance principles and reporting guidelines adopted by listed companies in Australia.
In 2006, Catherine was Chief Executive of the independent national think tank, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and was responsible for public policy initiatives and economic and social research programs. Her public policy experience encompasses superannuation and retirement incomes, health financing, climate change and its impact on insurance, corporate governance, defence industry, and insurance sector reform.
Catherine was appointed the inaugural Head of the Perpetual Foundation in 2007 with a strategic role in commissioning research on leadership and management in the social economy, and conducting public forums to profile best practice in philanthropy. She managed over 100 private client charitable gift funds with total assets of over $90 million with over $3 million distributed annually to around 150 non-profit organisations.
In February 2009, Catherine was commissioned by the Centre for Social Impact to write a background paper on the current suite of Australian Government reviews and inquiries related to reform in the social sector.
Catherine was appointed in 2010 as the inaugural Chairman of the Transfield Foundation, a joint initiatives of Transfield Services and Transfield Holdings, distributing grants to outstanding arts organisations, Indigenous education and employment programs, and innovative research in resources management.
Catherine’s first degree was in Music from the Conservatorium at University of Adelaide and she is completing a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Sydney. She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Program, Senior Associate of Finsia, affiliate member of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, member of Women on Boards, was Chairman of the national peak body Young People and the Arts Australia from 2006-11 and is the Chairman of the Transfield Foundation.