The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute is an independent organisation. The Board governs the activities of the organisation, manages policy and provides strategic direction.


Dr. Katherine Woodthorpe

ONJCRI Board Member

More about Dr. Katherine Woodthorpe

Katherine is currently the Non‐Executive Director at People & Innovation. Previously she served as Chief Executive of AVCAL, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, the national association that represents the venture capital industry’s participants, promotes the industry and encourages investment in growing business enterprises.

Prior to AVCAL, Katherine was the Chief Executive of the Technology Industries Exporters Group, an industry peak body she helped establish to assist technology companies improve their export performance. She has an extensive background as a management adviser and professional director, including working with Australian technology companies seeking venture funding through to being a board member of listed companies.

Current appointments include Chair of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and Director of a number of other organisations. Katherine is a member of the NSW Council of the AICD and the Advisory Board of Springboard Australia (supporting women entrepreneurs). She has previously been a Director of a number of listed and private companies and is a former Council Member of UTS in Sydney.