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Kate Torney has extensive experience in the Australian media, cultural and philanthropic sectors, having spent 20 years at the ABC, including six as News Director, six years as Chief Executive of the State Library of Victoria and now as CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

Opened in 1856, the State Library is now one of the most visited libraries in the world and Kate led an $88 million redevelopment to reimagine services and stunning heritage spaces for the 21st century. 

During Kate’s time at the ABC, she led a team of 1,400 reporters and production colleagues across Australia and globally. She also oversaw the major review that led to the ABC’s successful re-orientation towards digital platforms, including the launch of the ABC News channel and the expansion of ABC News online.

In October 2021, Kate joined the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation which supports the work of some of the world’s leading cancer researchers.

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