Kathryn Fagg is an experienced chair and board member having worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries, from resources, to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services.
Kathryn has been a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 2013. She is also on the boards of ASX-listed companies Boral, Djerriwarrh Investments and Incitec Pivot.
Kathryn is Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). She previously served as Chair of Parks Victoria.
Kathryn is a board member for the Australian Centre for Innovation and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering where she chairs the Industry and Innovation Forum.
Kathryn is currently serving on the panel for the Australian Government’s National Opera Review. She is also a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council. Kathryn is a strong advocate for increasing the number of women in leadership roles and is an active member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia (now Exxon Mobil), after completing her chemical engineering degree at the University of Queensland. As a petroleum engineer, her work was focused on maximising oil and gas production from the fields in Bass Strait.
From Esso, Kathryn moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Co working on engagements in strategy and change management. She then joined the ANZ Banking Group. Her roles at the bank included and General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand and Managing Director, Banking Products.
However, Kathryn then chose to return to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel. Her senior executive roles with BlueScope Steel included President, Australian Building and Logistics Solutions and President Asia, based in Singapore, where she had responsibility for BlueScope’s operations across the Asia region, including as Chairman of Tata BlueScope Steel in India.
From BlueScope, Kathryn was at Linfox for three years as President FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), where she was responsible for providing logistics services to 9 of the world's ten largest FMCG companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Subsequently, she has pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director.
As well as her engineering degree, Kathryn holds an M.Com. in Organisation Behaviour from the University of New South Wales which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business.
She was a recipient of University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013.
Kathryn and her husband live in Melbourne and their son is studying at the University of Melbourne.