Dr Kat Giles

Board Member

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 a background in primary agricultural production including on farm/stations, processing facilities, agribusinesses, advocacy organisations and government. This experience has provided her with a strong understanding of the needs of rural communities across SA and NT.

As a veterinarian, livestock nutritionist and policy advisor, Dr Giles has well developed technical skills and an understanding of the diverse challenges facing livestock (cattle, sheep, dairy, and pig), broadacre cropping and horticulture value chains. Her work with global stakeholders to improve market access has included areas such as biosecurity, food safety, product specification, community expectations and trade agreements.

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, working as the Director Regional Services, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).