Speaker Bio Cathy Taylor
Chief Executive Officer – Child Protection
Cathy was appointed as Chief Executive to lead the new Department for Child Protection (DCP) in South Australia in October 2016. Cathy joined the department from Queensland where she was Deputy Director-General, Child Family and Community Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services from 2013 to 2016.
This role saw her lead the development and implementation of strategic policy and program initiatives including the response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry 2013 and the Bryce Taskforce on Responses to Domestic and Family Violence 2015.
Cathy brings more than 15 years’ experience as a senior public servant in Queensland working in and across strategic policy, legislative reform, planning and service delivery roles in the areas of child protection, youth justice, disability services and domestic violence.
Prior to commencing as Director of the Child Protection Branch in the Department of Families in 2000, Cathy was the inaugural coordinator for Women’s Legal Aid, Queensland and practised as a child and family solicitor.
Cathy has undergraduate qualifications in law and postgraduate qualifications in law and public administration including an Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA), ANZSOG. She has previously been a Director of ANROWS – Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety and is currently Co-Chair, National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children.