Catherine has always worked in rural industries and is inspired by the potential of our region, including Australasia and the South Pacific. She uses her Rural Science degree to understand the technical aspects of agriculture, while her experience in business helps her improve stakeholder engagement, build leadership and improve communications. These skills have helped Catherine build national and international relationships through on the ground project delivery, including developing the first ever International Rural Women’s Mentoring Program between farming women from Australia and Indonesia. Catherine has worked as a nutrition and feedlot consultant in the Live Export Industry, developed a women’s specific leadership and communication program and more recently was the founding CEO of the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association. She is now the WA Manager for the CRC for Northern Australia, an organisation delivering agricultural and tropical health research across Northern Australia and is a Director on a number of boards. Catherine is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was the 2012 WA RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Recipient and the National Runner-up. She is passionate about living and learning and sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.