Catherine was appointed Assistant General Manager of Trade at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), in February 2017, leading the Food and Agribusiness and International Health teams nationally for Austrade as part of her role. Catherine has a background in both the private and the public sectors in Australia and Japan which has included diplomatic roles as well as trade development and marketing positions. Most recently she was Australia’s Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner to Osaka for four years, where she was responsible for representing Australia’s interests in Western Japan as well as for achieving business outcomes for Australian businesses in trade, investment and education. Her previous overseas assignments include Trade Commissioner in Tokyo from 2006 – 2010, Consul and Trade Commissioner to Sendai from 2002 – 2006. From 2010 – 2013 she was based in the Melbourne office of the Australian Trade Commission and worked to assist Foreign Direct Investment to Australia before being posted to Osaka. She has lived and worked in Japan for 18 years and speaks Japanese. Catherine graduated from Monash University in Melbourne Australia and holds a Post Graduate Diploma, Swinburne University of Technology.