Kate Palmer – CEO Sport Australia - Kate is one of the leading female CEO’s in the global sport industry. In January 2017, Kate took the reigns of the Australian Sports Commission, which has since been rebranded Sport Australia. She has a successful record in leading transformational organisation change, instilling good governance and providing excellent people management at organisations such as Netball Victoria and Netball Australia.
Growing up in regional Victoria, Australia in the town of Shepparton, Kate fell in love with sport playing netball, softball and was a keen waterskier. She studied a Honours Degree in Applied Science at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Masters of Sport Management at Deakin University. In 2014, Kate was awarded the AIS Sports Performance Leadership Award. Her passion for sport extends to governance roles at the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, Victoria Institute of Sport, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, International Netball Federation and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Known for her ability to engage a diverse audience, she values having different voices and opinions at the table. She knows that to influence a system you need to get inside it, be reasonable and don’t give up. As a leader she believes in working with people in a team, showing them a vision for the future and being truly authentic.
On today’s show,
On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, we talk to Kate Palmer about finding her dream job, where she combines her passion for sport, and desire to improve the health and wellbeing of a nation. We delve into her role of leading and catalysing the Australian sport industry to encourage more Australians to become more active, and shape the future of elite and grass roots sport.
Ben Gathercole and Craig Johns discuss topics, with Kate, such as transformational change, reducing layers of compliance, the future of sport business structures, the new ‘move it’ campaign, and how she implements health and wellness into the team at Sport Australia.
Kate talks about:
Her memories of sport as a young child and the emotions that still remain.
Growing up in rural Victoria, in Shepparton.
The benefits of meetings in motion and walking meetings.
Sport providing the health of local communities.
Ensuring young children learn and develop the basic movement fundamentals.
What inspired her to become a sport administrator.
First impressions, on day one, when she took the reigns as CEO of Sport Australia.
Transitioning from being a CEO of employees to leading a whole industry.
How Sport Australia can be a better partner and focus on the things that count.
The relationship between the Minister of Sport, the Office of Sport and Sport Australia.
Reducing layers of compliance and keeping it simple.
Why it is important for sport organisations to consider and adapt to new business models in the future.
Ensuring sport organisations have the structures and capability to be sustainable in the future.
When an organisation faces major cultural and integrity challenges, is it possible to make long-term sustainable changes internally or is an external ‘fresh set of eyes’ approach, required.
Health and wellness of athletes, and how they transition into the ‘real world’ after life in sport.
Changing the lives of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Can we look at different ways of working in the sport industry as an administrator, coach or high performance management.
The significance of the ‘move it’ and ‘find our 30’ campaigns.
Changing the balance and ensuring that she reads, exercises and eats a healthy breakfast.
The Hugh Palmer scholarship and the “corporate handbag”.
Active CEO Wellness Tip
Ben and I talk about the importance of self-regulation and why it is such an important element of emotional intelligence. We talk about being aware of your emotions, how to manage and express them at the right time. Self-regulation is also about the ability to remain calm, consider all the possibilities and have a clear head.
“I am quite a practical person, pragmatic, and I can see things, I like to change things, and I like to fix things.” Gaining an insight into Kate Palmer, the CEO of Sport Australia, on the active CEO Podcast.
“Take responsibility and make a decision. If you fail or if you make a mistake we fix it, we will fix it together.” Kate Palmer on giving responsibility to employees, on the active CEO Podcast.
“I don’t think sports can look at us and say, you give us 80 to 90% of our revenue, and that’s a lot of money, but we are not prepared to improve our business.” Kate Palmer on investing in sport for the future, with the active CEO Podcast.