Alumni Lunch Lectures: Kate Carnell
Ms Kate Carnell AO is the current CEO of beyondblue and took up this appointment in March 2012.
She previously held the position of Chief Executive of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) for approximately four years. The AFGC represents the majority of Australia's food and grocery manufacturers - companies that jointly turn over $100 billion a year and employ 315, 000 people, making it the nation's biggest manufacturing industry.
Kate was also the former Chief Executive Officer of Australian General Practice Network. She is a pharmacist by profession and was the first female to become a National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. She bought her first pharmacy at 25 and is a life member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. She was the inaugural chair on the ACT Branch of the Guild and chair of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Practice.
She was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1992, and became leader of the ACT Liberal Party in 1993. She was elected Chief Minister in March 1995, and re-elected in 1998 becoming the first Liberal woman to be elected as Chief Minister or Premier in Australian political history. As Chief Minister and Minister for Health she drove significant reform in health information management and funding models. She maintains an interest in health policy and IT.
Kate currently serves on the board of the Australian Red Cross, beyondblue (Deputy Chair), Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Ltd , GS1 and CRC Forestry Ltd (Chair). Kate was honoured on Australia Day 2006 with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.