Alumni Lecture Series: Kathryn Fagg, Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
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BEL Faculty's Alumni Lecture Series is a series of free events featuring speakers, often past UQ alumni, who are leaders in business, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, tourism and law. They are held in the heart of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. You can expect thought-provoking discussions, engaging topics and networking with other UQ alumni over light refreshments. We invite you to join us and experience your alumni community.
Kathryn Fagg is an experienced chair and board member having worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries, from resources, to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services.
Kathryn has been a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 2013. She is also on the boards of ASX-listed companies Boral, Incitec Pivot and Djerriwarrh Investments.
Kathryn is Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre and is Deputy Chair of the Breast Cancer Network Australia. She previously served as Chair of Parks Victoria.
Kathryn is a board member for the Australian Centre for Innovation and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering where she chairs the Industry and Innovation Forum.
Kathryn is currently serving on the panel for the Australian Government’s National Opera Review. She is also a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council. Kathryn is a strong advocate for increasing the number of women in leadership roles and is an active member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia (now Exxon Mobil), after completing her chemical engineering degree at the University of Queensland in 1982. As a petroleum engineer, her work was focused on maximising oil and gas production from the fields in Bass Strait.
From Esso, Kathryn moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Co working on engagements in strategy and change management, across industries from resources through to financial services.
From McKinsey, Kathryn pursued an executive career. She joined the ANZ Banking Group in 1993. Her roles at the bank included Managing Director, Banking Products, and General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand.
However, Kathryn then chose to return to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel in 2000. Her senior executive roles with BlueScope Steel included President, Australian Building and Logistics Solutions where she had responsibilities for BlueScope Lysaght, BlueScope Water, International Markets, IT, and Logistics and President Asia, based in Singapore, where she had responsibility for BlueScope’s operations across the Asia region, including as Chairman of Tata BlueScope Steel in India.
From BlueScope, Kathryn was at Linfox from 2009 to 2011 as President FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), where she was responsible for providing logistics services to 9 of the world's ten largest FMCG companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, with most of the employees based in Asia.
As well as her engineering degree from the University of Queensland, Kathryn holds an M.Com. in Organisation Behaviour from the University of New South Wales which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business.
Kathryn is proud to have been a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013.
Kathryn resides in Melbourne.