Dr Katrena Stephenson

CEO, Local Government Association of Tasmania


Local Government, Advocacy, Service and Engagement, Public Policy, Leadership

Travels from Hobart, TAS


Katrena was recently awarded the Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year for Public Sector and Academia Katrena is a member of the AICD State Council. In 2015, Dr Katrena Stephenson was appointed as CEO of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), the first woman in the role in the organisation’s 100+ year history. Prior to commencing as CEO, Katrena held the position of LGAT’s Policy Director for several years.

Before entering the Local Government sector, Dr Stephenson held operational, policy and evaluation roles in a number of Tasmanian State Government departments and in the UK. These included Manager of Public Housing Services in Tasmania, Advisor to the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, Manager Social Projects in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Evaluation Officer for the Prince’s Trust. She has undertaken a range of voluntary and paid board positions and is currently a member of the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Insurance Board.

In her current role, Katrena represents LGAT in government, business and other forums, and works with a diverse range of stakeholders including Member Council senior staff and elected members, officers in Federal and State Government, Members of Parliament and their advisory staff, other State and the Australian Local Government Association, business and community organisations. Katrena has responsibility for the development and implementation of Association strategy, policies and services, which reflect the views and needs of the Association and its member councils.

Katrena has 15+ years of management experience and advanced skills in community engagement and stakeholder management, governance, political analysis, strategic planning and policy development.

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