Kate Carnell commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council in July 2008.
Kate, former Chief Executive Officer of Australian General Practice Network is a pharmacist by profession and was the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
She was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1992, and became leader of the ACT Liberal Party in 1993. She was elected Chief Minister in March 1995, and re-elected in 1998 becoming the first Liberal woman to be elected as Chief Minister or Premier in Australian political history.
Following her political career, Kate became a serious driving force behind Transact Communications; innovative broadband communications network, and also spent three years as Executive Director of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
Kate was honoured on Australia Day 2006 with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.
Author's website: Australian Food and Grocery Council