Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Rapid Context, Katherine has held senior government roles, including Senior Adviser to a number of federal Cabinet Ministers and Women’s Adviser to the Minister for the Status of Women. She has taken a leadership role in significant national reform agendas and provided strategic policy, legislative and communications advice to the highest levels of government. She has a detailed knowledge of government, legislative and parliamentary processes and systems. Katherine is especially proud of her role in reforming the Family Law Act to improve responses to family violence; legislative reforms to ensure better access to justice; and the development and implementation of national programs to improve housing affordability and reduce homelessness. 


As a Senior Consultant with Rapid Context for more than five years, Katherine has worked with high profile clients across both public and private sectors, including state and federal government departments and agencies, Defence and defence industry, emergency services, national sporting bodies and arts institutions, private companies and not-for-profits. Katherine specialises in delivering evidence-based solutions, high-quality research, and strategic advice to help our clients navigate complex policy and organisational challenges, including those of a sensitive nature. Katherine is also highly skilled in complex stakeholder engagement. 


Katherine is passionate about gender equality and was proud to have launched her report, co-authored with Dr Tegan Donald, on attracting and retaining women with critical skills and trades in Australia’s defence industry, at Parliament House in 2019. The report is available here


Katherine is a lawyer admitted in the ACT and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is also an accredited mental health first aider and is certified in Responding with Compassion from Rape & Domestic Crisis Services Australia. Katherine has also held roles as a Researcher, Commonwealth Parliamentary Library and as a Senior Consultant, Indigenous Land Corporation. 

Professional and Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts/Law (Hons), Australian National University

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University


Extensive experience providing high quality research and strategic advice to Members of Parliament, the Executive Government, Commonwealth agencies and the Australian Defence Force.

Significant experience driving policy, regulatory and legislative reform.

In-depth knowledge of federal government and parliamentary processes.