|Written by FFC|
Kathleen is an environmental manager, lawyer, photographer and filmmaker.
She began her career in as a prosecuting lawyer specialising in fisheries cases and worked for Australia's Centre for Maritime Policy. Kathleen moved to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as the Senior Legal Officer on the team that successfully negotiated the increase of the protected zones in the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from 4% to 32%, stepping from law into management in 2003 and becoming responsible for operations in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.
At this time she established the beginnings of the Commonwealth Islands program for the management of 70 Australian Commonwealth Islands, working closely with government, industry and community during this time to establish innovative sustainability projects including the first climate neutral island and tourism destination on the Great Barrier Reef at Low Isles, the establishment of Lady Elliot island as the first island tourism resort to use mainly renewable energy and the development and establishment of the first climate change trail on the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island.
Kathleen has collaborated on a number of TV documentaries including the award winning 2 part Revolution on the Reef (french, german) and The Paradise at the End of the World (English,French, German). Kathleen is an experienced diver and a former Australian champion athlete; she has always been more comfortable in the field than in an office and has gathered an impressive photographic and film archive (underwater and topside) during her adventures and travels.