Catherine has extensive business, finance and executive leadership experience and has contributed to the development of Australia’s banking, telecommunications, science, technology and innovation sectors. She has held a number of senior roles, including as Chairman of Telstra Corporation Ltd and of the CSIRO, and as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cochlear Ltd. Catherine has also served on the boards of WorleyParsons Ltd, Macquarie Bank Ltd, Macquarie Group Ltd, Goodman Fielder Ltd and Rural Press Ltd and is a former President of the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Museum.
Catherine is Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility and the Growth Centre Advisory Committee. Catherine is also a Director for the Bundanon Trust.