About Kate

Kate Farrar brings over 25 years' experience in running and growing businesses as a board member and executive in the energy and utilities, health, and finance sectors. Her speciality is the electric power and natural gas sector, with a particular interest in helping utilities—retail and network—and their energy-intensive customers navigate the industry’s technological transformation.

Kate has a special interest in customer-driven innovation that uses customer-feedback processes to identify and develop points of strategic difference.

Kate’s rich and diverse executive career includes:

  • leading the transformation team at a major refinery, to optimise process, reduce external spend, and improve labor-force productivity
  • building an energy company from a standing start to national expansion, including sourcing start-up and growth funding from private equity and banks
  • transforming a retail utility business, including establishing new revenue streams to double net operating profit over 3 years
  • growing and repackaging a retail energy business which was sold at 35 percent above expectations

Kate was the inaugural winner of the Queensland Business Review Women in Business Award (2006), and has twice been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (2013, 2015). She was also awarded a Chief Executive Women scholarship to study at INSEAD in 2015.

Kate’s past directorships include Morgans, Mater Health Services, and Unitywater. Kate was also chair of the Energy Retailers Association of Australia and the Queensland Music Festival.

Education

University of New South Wales
Masters of commerce, econometrics

University of Sydney
Bachelor of music