We are pleased to welcome Katrina Hodgkinson to the Shake It Up Board. Katrina brings a wealth of business and government experience to the Board and will be a valuable addition to our team.
Katrina Hodgkinson is Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, at Australia’s Academic & Research Network (AARNet), a sovereign organisation providing ultra-high speed Internet and communications services to Australia’s research and education sector.
Katrina is also Chair of the Holdmark Advisory Board, serving the trusted and highly respected commercial, retail and residential Australian property development company, Holdmark Property Group. She is a Board Member of Realise Business, NSW’s leading business advisory service, providing businesses across metropolitan Sydney with low-cost advice, support, digital advisory services, training and mentoring since 1989.
As a Member of Parliament, Katrina Hodgkinson represented regional communities across a broad sector of Central and Southern NSW for 19 years. Katrina was the NSW Government’s first female Minister for Primary Industries. She was also Minister for Small Business and Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events in the O’Farrell and Baird Governments.
Katrina was the inaugural Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW in the Berejiklian Government and she is a former Shadow Minister for Natural Resource Management, Community Services, Families, Child Safety, Rural Affairs, Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Fair Trading. She is also former Chair of the Investment, Industry and Regional Development Committee.
Prior to entering parliament, Katrina owned and operated retail stores specialising in wool and natural fibres in regional NSW. She was a Ministerial Adviser in the Howard Government, taught at NSW Colleges of TAFE, managed project evaluations for property development companies, and worked at both the ASX (Sydney) and the Commonwealth Department of Transport.
With a strong rural background and based in the Greater Sydney Area, Katrina continues to serve her community as both a Justice of the Peace and as a Member of the Belgenny Farm Expert Advisory Committee, the original property of Australian wool-growing pioneers, John and Elizabeth Macarthur.