Kate is a values-driven consultant and manager with expertise in design, monitoring, evaluation and capacity building. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the social sector, Kate has led projects in a diverse range of contexts including disability and community services, family violence and primary prevention, housing and homelessness, emergency management, volunteering, philanthropy and rural community development.
Kate leads Lirata's capacity building stream, developing and delivering high-quality training and flexible mentoring in monitoring and evaluation skills, as well as other capacity building initiatives. She provides support on a range of topics including program logic, theory of change, evaluation design, implementation trouble-shooting, data collection, analysis and synthesis, and project management.
Kate has led many of Lirata's evaluation capacity building projects with organisations including Council to Homeless Persons, Our Watch, Safe and Equal/Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), and Melbourne City Mission. She has also led the evaluation of programs and projects with organisations such as the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Safe and Equal, the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies, Lort Smith, and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.
Prior to joining Lirata, Kate worked with the peak body for non-government disability service providers, National Disability Services (NDS). There Kate led the monitoring and evaluation of NDS’ three-year sector development project, which assisted organisations across Victoria to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and transform their businesses to operate within the new NDIS environment. She has also held substantial program and project management roles with a range of other organisations including Volunteering Victoria, Independence Australia, the Gardiner Foundation, the Victorian Farmers Federation, and Vision Australia. Through these roles and her work with Lirata, Kate has developed extensive practical knowledge of participatory design, evaluation and capacity building approaches, which helps her tailor her approach to suit different organisations and levels of experience.
Kate holds a Master of Business Administration which primarily focused on strategy and business research, and culminated in a major qualitative research project investigating Australian not-for-profit and corporate experiences of corporate philanthropy. Kate also holds a Diploma of Project Management and a Certificate IV in Community Services Disability.
Kate is a firm believer that evaluation is for everyone, and enjoys working with people from all walks of life to build a fairer, healthier society. She excels in bringing teams and stakeholders together to clarify their purpose, objectives and expectations, and to focus firmly on outcomes while mapping out a practical path forward.