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Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Telstra Corporation

Catherine Livingstone is one of the few women to chair a major public company, having served as Telstra Chairman since 2009 and as a Director since 2000, as well as being a Director of Worley Parsons, George Institute for Global Health and Saluda Medical.  Catherine is the President of the Australian Museum Trust and is also on the Advisory Board of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney.  Catherine has also served on the Boards of Macquarie Group, Goodman Fielder and Rural Press and was President of Chief Executive Women.  Catherine is also a former Chairman of the CSIRO and was chief executive of Cochlear when it first listed in 1994, and has spent nearly 20 years working in the field of implantable medical devices.  Catherine is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and has worked on many Government Reviews over the past 10 years, including most recently, as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.  Catherine has been appointed President of the Business Council of Australia, which represents chief executives of the 100 biggest companies in Australia and advocates on their behalf across a range of issues, from industrial relations, regulation and Aboriginal reconciliation to gender diversity.  Catherine is also a Director of Future Directions International and The Royal Institution of Australia, as well as having been a member of the New South Wales Innovation and Productivity Council.