Catherine McGregor AM has lived many lives: as an officer in the Australian Regular Army and the Royal Australian Air Force for over three decades; as a strategic advisor and speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 1999 until 2014, and subsequently Director of Research and Analysis for the Chief of Air Force; as a highly regarded cricket writer and commentator, as well as player and coach; as Australia’s most prominent transgender woman; and a commentator on global security and disruptive technology.
There is much to discuss and discover as she joins us at Muse for our first event of 2019 in conversation with Nikki Anderson.
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Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer broadcaster and author. She is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon from which she graduated with Honours in History and was awarded the CEW Bean Prize for Military History. She attended the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University and holds postgraduate degrees in War Studies and Military History. Her Australian military service included operational deployments overseas including operational command in Timor Leste. She is a Tetum linguist.
Catherine was a strategic advisor and speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 1999 until 2014. She subsequently served as Director of Research and Analysis for the Chief of Air Force. She was awarded the Order of Australia in the Military Division in the Australia Day Honours list in 2012.
Catherine is one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators. She has written for News Limited and Fairfax, including two Ashes tours of England, and led the ABC’s television coverage of the 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia. She has written two highly acclaimed books on cricket and is a current player and coach. She serves on the board of Grassroots Cricket and Stand Tall4 PTSD, charities with a cricket focus. She was seconded to the Cricket Australia selection panel to select the Prime Minister’s XI in 2013 and 2014.
Catherine has also written widely on politics and global security issues for News Limited and has appeared as regular guest on The Drum, 7.30 and Lateline on politics and national security.
Catherine's personal story of gender transition is compelling and inspiring. Her life was the subject of the STC stage production, Still Point Turning.
Nikki Anderson is a literary and communications consultant, director of the Feminist Writers Festival and events manager at Muse.