Kate is an arts consultant and online business entrepreneur. She consults to festivals, events, venues, government and the university sector. Past and present clients include MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Dark Mofo, Monash University, Tourism Australia, Government of South Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Windmill Theatre.
Kate formerly held the role of Chief Executive & Associate Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts for 10 years before founding a start-up business of three online social networking platforms, sold in early 2016. In 2014 she was noted by The Advertiser as “one of South Australia’s most influential women”.
Kate on Spence Club: “Australia’s women are some of the best educated in the world, yet Australian women are under-represented in the halls of commercial and political power. Important structural change needs to take place to redress this balance but there’s more that we, as individual women, can do to step up.
“Mentoring and female support networks are vital to a woman’s professional development. Groups such as Spence Club are safe places for women to connect and build skills, confidence and connections.
“I strongly support the work of Spence Club to grow the talent of South Australian women.”
The Honourable Tammy Franks MLC
Tammy Franks MLC has represented the people of South Australia since her election in 2010. One of two Greens in the Upper House, Tammy’s strong social justice background, prior to her election, includes work with human rights organisations, as delegate to the United Nations Beijing +10 conference on women’s human rights in 2005, and with the YWCA, the world’s largest active feminist movement focusing on the leadership of young women.
Holding more than 20 portfolios including Gender and Sexuality, Youth, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Communities and Social Inclusion, Disabilities, and Education and Child Development, Tammy is dedicated to equal rights and standing up for what matters.
Tammy is a skilled public speaker, an expert legislator and a determined and strategic campaigner. She believes leadership is not just about leading from the front but also ‘from the side’, as politics is very much a team effort, not just an individual parliamentarian’s project.
Tammy on Spence Club: “I believe women belong in the House; and also in the Senate – and anywhere they damn well please. I am committed to ensuring women have a fair go at work, at home, in education and in life, and I am inspired by younger women who are leading the next generation of visionaries.”