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The Honourable Catherine Branson AC

NRF Advisory Member since 2014 | Adjunct Professor, Adelaide Law School | Deputy Chancellor, University of Adelaide | Board Member, Cancer Council SA | Chair, Human Rights Law Centre | Federal Court Judge - Former | President, Australian Human Rights Commission - Former

Current positions:

  • Deputy Chancellor, University of Adelaide
  • Chair, Human Rights Law Centre
  • Board Member, Cancer Council SA
  • Adjunct Professor, Adelaide Law School

Professional achievements:

  • The first female in Australia to be appointed Crown Solicitor
  • Member of the National Women's Advisory Council
  • Served as President of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Appointed President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Flinders University
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Macquarie University

Other Boards and not-for-profit organisation involvement:

Catherine is Patron of the Palya Fund, Chair, SA Selection Panel for General Sir John Monash Scholarships; Chair, The Lloyd Cox O&G Research Fund; Advisory Board Member of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (Uni of NSW) and Public Law & Policy Research Unit (Uni of Adelaide).

Involvement with the NRF Board:

"Few things can be more important to all of us than a healthy and functional brain, spine and nervous system? This has been particularly been brought home to me since my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease."

Personal motivations:

Catherine discusses her inspirations: "Dame Roma Mitchell, and The Hon Brian Cox QC – for whom I worked as a research assistant when he held the office of Solicitor General for SA."

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