Congratulations to HEARing CRC Chair, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO for receiving an Order of Australia for her ongoing service to the Australian business, innovation and research communities.

Dr Woodthorpe’s award recognises her considerable experience, expertise and long track record in public affairs that includes government relations, as well as her deep knowledge of private equity and superannuation in the financial sector.

She is also a very active player in the Australian science and research space, holding several Board positions that oversees the activities of a variety of Cooperative Research Centres including the Capital Markets and Deep Exploration Technologies CRC,s as well as being the Chair of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC. Dr Woodthorpe joined in the HEARing CRC as its Chair in mid-2017.

“I am surprised and delighted to receive this honour. I hope it encourages more nominations of women in the science and business worlds, as there are so many more important contributions going unrecognised,” Dr Woodthrope said upon receiving the award.

She has been cited in various media as one of Australia’s most influential people in innovation and in 2013, was included in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Dr Woodthorpe was recently interviewed by InnovationAus.com where she talked about her experience of being a women and a scientist working at the Board and CEO levels for many Australian-based organisations and businesses. You can read the full article here.

Katherine has a BSc (1st Class Hons) from Manchester University and PhD in Chemistry. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (and sits on their NSW Council) and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney.