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In the second year of her presidency of Australia’s peak business group and in her first address to the National Press Club, Ms Livingstone will canvass key national economic, social and political challenges for Australia and the policy agenda required to address them.
Catherine Livingstone was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in March 2014.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working with Price Waterhouse in Sydney and London, Catherine joined the Nucleus Group and spent nearly 20 years working in the field of implantable medical devices, including six years as CEO and Managing Director of Cochlear Limited from 1994 to 2000.
Catherine is Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited and is a Director of WorleyParsons Limited, Director of the George Institute for Global Health, Director of Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and President of the Australian Museum Trust. She is a Member of the Advisory Board for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney.
Catherine is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and has worked on many government reviews over the past 10 years, including as a Member of the Advisory Panel for the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper and a Member of the National Innovation Systems Review Panel. She is a Member of the Commonwealth Science Council.
Catherine was Chairman of CSIRO from 2001 to 2006, President of Chief Executive Women from 2007 to 2008, and Chairman of the Australian Business Foundation from 2002 to 2005.
She has served on the boards of Macquarie Group Limited, Goodman Fielder Limited and Rural Press Limited.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Macquarie University, an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Murdoch University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Business from UTS.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
In 2003 Catherine was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society in Business Leadership. In 2008 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of Australian science, technology and innovation policies to the business sector through leadership and management roles and as a contributor to professional organisations.