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Catherine (Kate) Marie Stanton

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Catherine Marie Stanton

Awarded for service to Sport and Recreation

Born: 19 October 1963

Died: 25 June 2006

Entered on roll: 2008


Kate Stanton was born in San Jose, California. She graduated from San Juan High School with a full scholarship to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She attended Willamette University for one year before immigrating to Australia in her late teens. Kate became an Australian Citizen in 1990.

Kate completed her Economics/Law Degree from Macquarie University and qualified for admission to the Bar. After graduating, Kate, who was fluent in French and German, spent a year in the Geneva office of Valorinform, working as a financial analyst. Kate established the Valorinform Australian office on her return to Australia.

Kate was a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), had previously been a Chartered Accountant, and completed a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Tasmania. From the time she arrived in Tasmania Kate involved herself fully in the Tasmanian community, using her qualifications to voluntarily contribute to the Tasmanian community in a number of ways.

Kate was heavily involved in Womensport and Recreation Tasmania Inc., a non-government, primarily volunteer based organisation aimed at promoting and encouraging women and girls to be physically active. From 2001 onwards, Kate held various leadership positions within the organisation, contributing enormous time voluntarily to their regular events.

Although Kate was not an elite athlete, she was a fantastic role model to women around her and strove to encourage women to take up sport. She was a member of the Hobart Hash Harem, the Southern Tasmanian Veterans Cycling Club and had begun competing in triathlons, despite being a novice swimmer. Kate was also an accomplished sailor and cross-country skier.

As Treasurer of Bicycle Tasmania for six years, Kate was a passionate cycling amateur, greatly involved in local associations. As part of Bike Week she organised the annual Tour de Femme, which has now been renamed in her honour. Kate was a tireless advocate for improved cycling conditions and recognition of cyclists’ rights.

As an advocate for CPA Australia and the profession, Kate supported many programs and encouraged young students and accountants to advance their careers. Kate was a Fellow of the CPA and a former Tasmanian Divisional Councillor, State President, Board Public Sector Committee representative and Chairperson of CPA Australia’s Ethics and Corporate Governance Centre of Excellence. The CPA Tasmania Branch hosts the CPA Australia Kate Stanton Annual Research Lecture in her honour. Kate was also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She was an RACT Director from 2002 until her death, and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and member of the Road and Traffic Committee.

Kate had worked at the Tasmanian Audit Office for 13 years, rising to the position of Director of Financial Audit. She had taken up the position of Assistant Director, Budget Management Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance shortly before her death. Kate’s life was full of accomplishments and giving. She is deeply mourned by the many people whose lives she touched.

Photograph courtesy of The Mercury.

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