Kate Palmer AM


Kate Palmer AM
CEW Member

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Sports Commission

Kate Palmer was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in January 2017, the first female CEO in its 31 year history. The Australian Sports Commission is the Australian Government's statutory agency responsible for distributing funds and providing strategic guidance and leadership for sporting activity in Australia.

Prior to this, Kate spent ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia. During that time, netball grew to be among the largest participation sports in Australia, and Netball Australia’s revenue more than tripled in seven years.

As well as being CEO of Netball Australia, Kate has been Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, CEO of Netball Victoria, a coach, a regional coordinator, a volunteer and a participant.

Kate has an Honours degree in Sport Science from RMIT and a Masters in Sport Management from Deakin University.

Kate has held a number of Board roles including; Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, Trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Director of the International Netball Federation, Panel Member of the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority Advisory Committee and Director of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

She is an Ambassador of ConnectGV, a not for profit organisation that aims to develop, coordinate and strengthen service options which connect people with disabilities to their local community.

Kate was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2019 for significant service to sports administration.


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