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Kate Carnell AO

Kate Carnell AOKate Carnell AO was appointed Australia's first small business and family enterprise ombudsman in March 2016 by the Small Business Minister. This new, and independent office, offers a range of services to small and medium sized enterprises with employees of less than 100 people.

Kate was previously CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Australia's largest and most representative business organisation advocating for over 300,000 businesses across all industries.

Kate is well known and respected in the not-for profit and business communities having served two years as CEO of beyondblue and previously four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Kate began her professional life as a Pharmacist. She owned and managed pharmacies for some 20 years, was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Pharmacy Guild and went on to become National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Kate served as Chief Minister of the ACT from 1995 to 2000.

Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.