Kate Jenkins was appointed as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner in 2013. Kate has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and prior to taking up this role was the lead partner of Herbert Smith Freehills' Australian equal opportunity practice. She is included in the Westpac/Austrlaian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2015 for her work in public policy.
Kate is the covenor of the Victorian Male Champions of Change, the Chair of the Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour in Victoria Police and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules.
She is also the Co-Chair of the Commission’s Disability Reference Group and a member of the Aboriginal Justice Forum.
In addition to her role as Commissioner, Kate is the Vice President of the Board of Berry Street Victoria – the state's largest independent child and family welfare organisation and a member of the Board of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Kate holds honours degrees in Law and Arts.
Kate is a lifelong Carlton supporter and has a passion for Carlton’s work in the multicultural community and recognises the importance of its long standing supporters as well as supporters in new and emerging communities.
Kate joined the Carlton board of Directors in October 2015.
Board Portfolio: Community & Diversity