Kate has 20 years of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder and community engagement, issues management and community development and has a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations. She has worked across public policy in environment, international relations, health and social services.
Kate is highly experienced in developing effective communication and engagement strategies, based on research and with stakeholder input. She is able to rapidly and effectively analyse issues with extensive experience providing strategic media and issues management advice to senior executives and ministers.
Kate has led major and complex projects as a communication and engagement expert, including in areas such as violence against women, welfare reform, housing and homelessness, disability and carers, multicultural affairs and refugee settlement, Closing the Gap programs, community awareness of Australia's national and world heritage listings, and stakeholder and community consultation for the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. She has also managed a number of programs including a joint understanding between Australian and PNG Governments for environmental protection and sustainable development of the Owen Stanley Ranges in PNG, and with PM&C and Department of Social Services in managing a major change and communications program to transition Indigenous Affairs and Social Services during the 2013 Machinery of Government changes.
As Managing Director of The Social Deck, Kate has most recently led the design, facilitation, management and reporting for national consultations on a broad range of issues including; the National obesity strategy, National Disability Strategy, national declaration for education, supported school transport, community cohesion and employment opportunities for people with disability. Kate also specialises in engaging with hard to reach audiences including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and CALD.