Katie is an accomplished design strategist, educator and social innovator specialising in social design and systems change. For the last six years, she has been immersed in the field of social innovation, both internationally and locally. She has worked for not-for-profits, social enterprises and local government. Katie uses her background in facilitation, strategic design and resource development to find the most useful tools and design processes to create meaningful change in areas like homelessness and poverty alleviation. Katie is passionate about developing a strong ecosystem to foster social impact. She aspires to empower people to create positive social change.

Influential work

  • Helped a large insurance company embed human-centred design into its innovation approach.
  • Convened a movement among community organisations, government, the Property Council and the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to end homelessness.
  • Established the Social Impact Festival, one of the largest in the world, and Impact Labs at the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.

Key sectors


Social impact


  • Facilitation
  • Systems thinking
  • Human-centred design
  • Innovation capability building


Katie has chosen to work at organisations that she feels deeply inspired by, including the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (Strategic Design Manager – public engagement and teaching), the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and the Presencing Institute. She is also a Global Fellow with the Academy for Systems Change. Katie holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and a Bachelor of Education.