Katherine has a 30-year career focused on achieving social justice in various sectors, including the community legal sector, union movement, public sector, and private practice. Currently serving as a practicing social security lawyer and CEO of the Welfare Rights Centre, Katherine has a deep commitment to advocating for the rights of people to access income support and legal assistance. She also serves as the Deputy Chair of Economic Justice Australia. In 2022, she provided evidence to the Robodebt Royal Commission, shedding light on the detrimental impacts of robodebt on the Welfare Rights Centre’s clients. Katherine has been a vocal advocate on this issue, consistently speaking out and raising awareness.
In 2016, Katherine assumed the role of Coordinator/Principal Solicitor at the Welfare Rights Centre. and was appointed Executive Director in 2019 and subsequently became the CEO in 2023.