“I am both humbled and excited to become the Chair of such a prestigious and important organisation as the AILC,” Cath said.
“Many Indigenous Leaders have emerged from the AILC Leadership courses and I see that there are so many talented, committed and capable Indigenous people ready to walk the same path.”
Beyond Cath’s role leading Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation at Lendlease, her recent appointment to the AILC adds to her long list of impressive appointments on Indigenous Committees, Boards and working groups across Australia.
She is a Facilitator for a Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke NSW; a Member of the Business Council of Australia Business Indigenous Network; the Indigenous Corporate Network; National Congress of Australian First Peoples; Australian Institute of Company Directors; and the United Nations’ Global Compact Network Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Working Group.
Cath began her career at Lendlease over 25 years ago as a carpenter, and the only woman on the construction site at the time. She also worked on the iconic Sydney Olympic Park site, which she described as a “huge undertaking”. “[It] was both challenging and exciting and had the best Lendlease team I have worked with,” she said.
Over the years Cath has worked in construction, risk, environment, heritage and safety management, skills and competency course development, management and delivery, and mentoring women and Indigenous Business people in the construction and property industry.
Cath’s success is an inspiration to all of us, as both a woman and a leader in the Indigenous community. Cath said: “I would say to people now to keep putting your hand up for new and exciting work opportunities when they arise, don’t sit back and wait for things to come to you.”