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Kate Wilson

Director – Government/Other Sector

Kate Wilson is executive director of the Science Division at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), which works to protect and conserve the NSW environment, including our built heritage.

In this role she is responsible for the overarching OEH Knowledge Strategy to underpin policy and programs, and for delivery of technical analysis, expert advice and research to support OEH, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and external government customers and clients. 

Kate joined OEH in 2009 from CSIRO where she was director of the Wealth from Oceans Flagship. Her background is in molecular biology and biotechnology and their application to agriculture and aquaculture. She was co-founder of the Centre for the Application of Molecular Biology to International Agriculture (Canberra) and research leader in tropical aquaculture at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Townsville) before joining CSIRO in 2005. She has a doctorate from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Cambridge University.