Katherine Woodthorpe


Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FTSE ATSE President-Elect
Chair, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC

Dr Woodthorpe is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Academy of Technology and Engineering. She holds a PhD in Chemistry (Manchester) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney. In 2017, she received an Order of Australia for her ongoing service to research and technology innovation in Australia.

Dr Woodthorpe has a strong track record of achieving outcomes in a range of technology-oriented industries, including medical devices and health services, and a deep knowledge of governance, leadership and the private equity and financial sectors. She has been Chair of the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC and the HEARing CRC and a director of several other organisations, including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. She previously chaired the National Climate Science Advisory Committee.

Previously she served as Chief Executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, which represents the venture capital industry. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of the Technology Industries Exporters Group, an industry peak body she helped establish to assist technology companies improve their export performance.

She is a former director on several Cooperative Research Centre boards including Smartprint (Chair), Deep Exploration Technologies, Cancer Therapeutics and Capital Markets.

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