Katy grew up in a small country town in North East Victoria. She attended the local high school where she had about ten other pupils in her HSC class. She has degrees in Arts and Law respectively from the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. Katy commenced her legal career working as a judge’s associate for a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and the then President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. She practised law in private practice for about 8 years; first as a commercial litigator at Barker Gosling and then she joined the Human Resources and Industrial Relations Practice Group iat Minter Ellison.
Katy left private practice in the mid 1990s to work to work at the University of Sydney as the Director of Equal Opportunity. In 1999, she joined Westpac where she was Head of Employee Relations Legal and then the Head of Employee Relations, Diversity and Employment Policy. She spent 10 years at the bank and was HR Director for Minter Ellison for 5 years from 2010 to 2015. Katy is currently the Director of People & Culture at the Sydney Opera House. Katy has always been passionate about human rights and talent. In all her roles she has focused on women’s equality in the work place.
Katy is studying for her Masters in Coaching Psychology at Sydney University and enjoys reading, the ballet, modern dance, theatre & opera.