Writer, Commentator and Keynote Speaker
Catherine McGregor is a prominent writer, a commentator and broadcaster who covers cricket and politics for News Limited. She was the world's highest-ranking transgender military official and an Australian of the Year nominee.
Catherine is also a compelling keynote speaker who can address and engage audiences on a broad range of topics. As a former army officer and a prominent transgender figure within the Australian community, her personal story of gender transition is compelling and inspiring. She also speaks with authority on subjects as diverse as the impact of disruptive technology on your work force, global geopolitics and Australian culture and politics. Audiences warm to Catherine's unique insights into Test cricket and the personalities in the global game.
Catherine served for nearly four decades in the Australian Defence Force. Her service embraced a diverse range of strategic policy and operational roles including three operational deployments overseas. She was the speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 2000 until her retirement in 2014 and as speechwriter to Army Chief General Morrison, she was responsible for his lauded speech on respect and equality in the armed forces.
Catherine was a member of the ABC commentary team for the 2014-15 series against India and is a sought after expert for her views across numerous topics on the ABC and commercial networks. A published author, she has also written for The Daily Telegraph and The Australian and has been a regular panelist on The Drum Q&A and Lateline.
Catherine has an excellent grasp of strategic policy making, analysis of global trends, global political affairs as well as cultural change and workplace diversity issues. For her exceptional service to the Australian Army she was gazetted in the Military Division of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2012. She was voted one of Australia's most Influential Women by the Australian Women's Weekly in consecutive years 2013, 2014 and 2015. Catherine was the Queensland Australian of the Year in 2015, however in November 2016 she requested that she relinquish this honour and her request was granted.
Catherine holds postgraduate qualifications in Military History and attended the Changing Character of War Programme in Oxford in 2008. She is a Trustee of Camp Gallipoli and resides in Canberra.