Kate is a values-driven manager of community projects and programs, with expertise in design, monitoring and evaluation. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the social sector, Kate has led projects in a diverse range of contexts including disability and community services, emergency management, volunteering, philanthropy, rural community development and technology.
At Lirata, Kate has led evaluation capacity building projects with diverse organisations including Council to Homeless Persons, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), and Melbourne City Mission. These projects have included participatory development of program theory and logic, large-scale Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Frameworks and simple evaluation plans. In addition to this, Kate has led and/or participated in the evaluation of programs and projects with organisations such as DVRCV, the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies, Lort Smith, and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. Kate has also delivered tailored, interactive training on program theory and logic, project planning and management, and monitoring and evaluation.
Prior to joining Lirata, Kate worked with the peak body for non-government disability service providers, National Disability Services (NDS). Here Kate led the monitoring and evaluation of NDS’ three-year sector development project, which assisted organisations across Victoria to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and transform their businesses to operate within the new NDIS environment. Through this and other roles, Kate has developed extensive practical knowledge of participatory design, monitoring and evaluation approaches, and applied her knowledge via a range of methodologies and with diverse organisations and audiences.
Kate has also held substantial program and project management roles with a range of other organisations including Volunteering Victoria, Independence Australia, the Gardiner Foundation, the Victorian Farmers Federation, and Vision Australia.
Kate holds a Master of Business Administration which primarily focused on strategy and business research, and culminated in a major qualitative research project investigating Australian not-for-profit and corporate experiences of corporate philanthropy. Kate also holds a Diploma of Project Management and a Certificate IV in Community Services Disability.
Kate enjoys working with people from all walks of life to build a fairer, healthier society. She excels in bringing teams and stakeholders together to clarify their purpose, objectives and expectations, and to focus firmly on outcomes while mapping out a practical path forward.