Catherine Woodthorpe The Board of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Katherine Woodthorpe (pictured right) as its new Chair.

Dr Woodthorpe brings to the HEARing CRC a wealth of experience having served for almost 20 years as a chair or director on boards in government, listed entities and not-for-profits, including several Cooperative Research Centres.

HEARing CRC CEO Prof. Robert Cowan said the appointment was made following a comprehensive search by the Board of Directors.

“Katherine brings a wealth of governance, industry and commercial experience and acumen to the role of Chair, and we look forward to working with her over the coming years,” Prof. Cowan said.

Dr Woodthorpe is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Academy of Technology and Engineering. She holds a PhD in Chemistry (Manchester) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney.

She has a strong track record of achieving outcomes in a range of technology-oriented industries, including medical devices and health services, and also a deep knowledge of private equity and the financial sector.

“In 2013, Katherine was cited by the Australian Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence for her active roles in innovation. I have no doubt that she will provide leadership and experience to the HEARing CRC Board and its Management as it focuses on translation and commercialization of research and educational outcomes,” Prof. Cowan said.

Dr Woodthorpe succeeds Dr Richard Searby AO QC as Chair.

“During his time as Chair, Richard made a wonderful and valuable contribution to the HEARing CRC, ensuring high standards of corporate governance, and most recently assisting us with gaining of our extension funding with the CRC Programme.”