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Kathryn Toohey, AM CSC

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kathryn was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Austal Ltd in February 2024 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. She brings strong program management, government procurement, digital and technology expertise to Austal through her experience in senior executive roles in the Department of Defence.

Kathryn was a senior officer in the Australian Army, retiring at the rank of major general in early 2023. For over two decades she was involved in Defence capability. She served as Head Land Capability responsible for the modernisation and sustainment of all Army equipment and infrastructure including helicopters, tanks, communication systems and watercraft. In her last appointment within the Australian Defence Force Headquarters she was responsible for integrating capability across the three Services. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for "exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in the fields of capability development and education".

Kathryn is also a Non-executive Director of DefenceHealth Ltd, Cylent International Pty Ltd, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants (a division of the AFL) and ACT Basketball. She is a member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Executive Council, and provides a range of advisory and consulting services.

Kathryn holds an Executive Master in Business Administration (Complex Project Management), a Master of Management in Defence Studies; a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.