Staff profile: Kate Richardson
- Position title:
- Bequest Officer
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Kate Richardson has been Eceutive Officer to the Director since January 2011. She joined the Australian Museum as the Bequest Officer in June 2009, to promote and encourage individual philanthropy through bequests to the Museum's Foundation. Kate has 10 years experience in philanthropy and fund raising in education, as Executive Director of the Foundation at two of Sydney’s leading girls’ schools, SCEGGS Darlinghurst and Wenona. Both these roles were start up positions, and over a 4-5 year period Kate succeeded in establishing wide ranging and integrated fund raising and marketing programs at each school. These included major capital appeals, annual giving via direct mail and of course, the Bequest Program, which was part of her responsibilities at each school.
Previously, Kate worked at the University of NSW (managing the Graduate & Alumni Office), the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian Bicentennial Authority with roles in marketing, communications, community liaison and public affairs. She commenced her career at the Powerhouse, providing executive support to the Director and Deputy Director planning and integrating the exhibitions with which it opened in 1988.
Kate visited the Australian Museum frequently as a child, and later as a parent. She feels that the Museum has so much to offer, not just to families and other visitors, but also to individuals with specialised scientific interests, which the wider community is less aware of.
Kate has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Commerce (Marketing), both from UNSW.