Dr Kat Giles

Deputy Chair

Joining the RBS Board in October 2019, Dr Kat Giles is an experienced leader in governance and strategy, with key technical skills and networks which contribute significantly to her Board role.

Dr Giles has experience with a broad range of primary industries in South Australia and with the Northern Territory cattle supply chains. Having worked on farm and in processing facilities, agribusinesses, advocacy organisations and government, Dr Giles is equipped with a strong and sincere understanding of the diverse challenges facing rural communities in SA and NT.

As a veterinarian, livestock nutritionist and policy advisor, Dr Giles has very well-developed technical skills. These are further strengthened by her work with global stakeholders in areas such as biosecurity, food safety, product specification, community expectations and trade agreements to improve market access.

In addition, the executive management role previously held by Dr Giles, Chief Executive Officer at Sheep Producers Australia (formerly Sheepmeat Council of Australia), established her as a leader in reform, leading multiple stakeholders through significant culture change and uncertainty. She has been a Board Director of the Sheep Industry Animal Health and Welfare Trust; was an Executive Member of the Red Meat Advisory Council, and has been a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2014. Currently, she is a member of the SA Executive Service, as the Director Regional Services, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).