Kathryn J Fagg AO

Chair, CSIRO

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.

Kathryn is Chair of the Board of the CSIRO and is on the boards of listed companies National Australia Bank, Djerriwarrh Investments and Medibank Private. In the nonfor-profit sector, Kathryn is Chair of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), Inaugural Chair of Watertrust Australia Limited, as well as being a board member of the Grattan Institute, The Myer Foundation and the Champions of Change Coalition.

Kathryn was a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2013 to 2018, Board Member of Boral Limited 2014 to 2021, including as Chair from 2018 and Non-Executive Director of Incitec Pivot Limited 2014 to 2019. She is a former President of Chief Executive Women (CEW), a former Chair of Parks Victoria and the Melbourne Recital Centre and a former board member of the Australian Centre for Innovation.

Prior to becoming a non-executive director, Kathryn enjoyed an extensive senior executive career in banking, manufacturing and logistics across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, after commencing her career as a chemical engineer with Esso Australia and working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co.

Kathryn is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In addition to her engineering degree, Kathryn also holds an MCom in Organisational Behaviour with Honours from the University of NSW, which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business and the Ada Lovelace Medal in 2017 which 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 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2019 for distinguished service to business and finance, to the central banking, logistics and manufacturing sectors, and to women.

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