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Catherine Livingstone AO, President, Business Council of Australia, 28 July 2014

Catherine Livingstone AO, President, Business Council of Australia, addressed a Chamber “Vision Series” business lunch for over 450 business executives where she talked about a ‘Vision for a Competitive Australia’. This lunch was proudly sponsored by Macquarie and Message Stick.

Catherine Livingstone used her first major address as President of the Business Council of Australia to release a groundbreaking study of Australia’s comparative advantages and the competitiveness of our industry sectors. The work is a potential game changer in building a new economic growth narrative for Australia.

Australia’s future prosperity depends on us being able to compete successfully in a global environment. Everything we produce and provide is exposed to international competition, or soon will be. The time has come for Australia to adopt a global mindset and a far more purposeful approach to staying competitive. It’s time for businesses, governments and the community at large to take a cold, hard look at where we have, or could have, a comparative advantage.                                                                      

Catherine was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in March 2014. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working with Price Waterhouse in Sydney and London, Catherine joined the Nucleus Group and spent 20 years working in the field of implantable medical devices, including 6 years as CEO and Managing Director of Cochlear Limited from 1994 to 2000.

Catherine is also the Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited and is a Director of WorleyParsons Limited, Director of the George Institute for Global Health, Director of Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and President of the Australian Museum Trust. She is a Member of the Advisory Board for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney. Catherine is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and has worked on many government reviews over the past 10 years, including as a Member of the Advisory Panel for the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper and a Member of the National Innovation Systems Review Panel. Catherine was Chairman of CSIRO from 2001 to 2006, President of Chief Executive Women from 2007 to 2008, and Chairman of the Australian Business Foundation from 2002 to 2005.  She has served on the boards of Macquarie Group Limited, Goodman Fielder Limited and Rural Press Limited.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Macquarie University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Murdoch University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

In 2003 Catherine was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society in Business Leadership. In 2008,  she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of Australian science, technology and innovation policies to the business sector through leadership and management roles and as a contributor to professional organisations.


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Business Council Australia; full speech and interview - click here

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