Catherine has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) since May 2018. She has 15 years of experience supporting research and innovation, particularly in the health and medical sciences – through roles in policy, public affairs, strategy and international relations. AAHMS is Australia’s Learned Academy for health and medical science – the impartial, authoritative, cross-sector voice of health and medical science in Australia.
Catherine brings cross-sector experience from roles at the UK Academy of Medical Sciences; the Royal College of Physicians of London; pharmaceutical company, Pfizer; the University of Sydney; and the University of Technology Sydney. She brings an international network from the UK, Europe and Australia.
During her career, Catherine has established and led initiatives in a range of areas, including policy projects, global programs and funding schemes, in collaboration with national and international partners. Her policy work has covered issues including: integrating research into health systems; the use of data in research; research careers; immigration and mobility; global health issues; emerging technologies; and tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a BSc in Natural Sciences and an MSc in Science Communication.