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Kate is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Children’s Medical Research Institute. As the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary, Kate is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.

Kate was previously the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the ARC Centre of Excellence in All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), based at the University of Sydney. CAASTRO was led by The University of Sydney, in conjunction with The Australian National University, Curtin University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Western Australia, complemented by a strong group of Australian and international partner institutions.

Kate has 25 years of business experience and has a strong industry background. Kate is the Founder and Director of Balance! Healthcare, a leader in multi-disciplinary integrated primary healthcare, which has practices in NSW and QLD.

In 2015, Kate won a scholarship from Chief Executive Women to attend the Women’s Leadership Program, Harvard Business School, and in 2012 she was named as one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia (by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review). Previously a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Kate has also been recognised with a number of business entrepreneurship awards over the years.

Kate holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of South Australia. She is currently a director of the National Foundation for Australian Women, and was previously the Chair of the Government funded National Women’s Alliance Economic Security4Women.

Kate Gunn

Chief Operating Officer