Formally an athlete, scientist, and coach, Katherine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of US Studies (with Merit) and is Director of the leading public policy think tank, The Sydney Institute as well as Chair of her local Chamber of Commerce, the Double Bay + Districts Business Chamber. It is Katherine's love of sport and ambition that got her into Australian federal politics.
Katherine O’Regan has over 30 years of experience in developing and implementing growth strategies for businesses and governments around the world. Katherine has served as a Chief of Staff and Advisor to Federal and State Government Ministers and was Deputy Mayor of Woollahra Municipal Council, where she served as a Councillor for five years. Katherine has unique insights into the policy, process, and priorities of government.
In 2017, Katherine was appointed Executive Director of the Cities Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to building the capacity of urban leaders to make cities, towns and communities great places.
Katherine's not-for-profit career is complemented by her previous work as a corporate executive centred on banking, financial and property sectors, where she gained experience in public and private partnerships, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions.
In 2013, Katherine established a consultancy firm which provided strategic advice to government and business specialising in developing solutions to the challenges faced by cities and communities.
Throughout her career, Katherine has led forums and workshops, written policy submissions and advocated for clients including NSW Small Business Commissioner’s small business friendly Councils and regional activation programs, the NSW Department of Industry’s Future Towns Program, energy startup Star Scientific and the Australian Banking Association.