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Catherine Isaac is a past president of the New Zealand political party ACT, and managing director of Awaroa Partners. She was formerly director of JM Communications. After a previous divorce from diplomat Hugo Judd, she married former Business Roundtable director Roger Kerr in 2010.
Career prior to presidency of ACT New Zealand
Isaac was communications and public affairs manager for the National Provident Fund through its extensive restructuring from 1988 to 1991. In the 18 month lead-up to the completion of the NPF tender process Isaac was also General Manager, Regional Operations, responsible for management of six regional offices and five branch offices.
She worked for four years as a communications consultant to the New Zealand Treasury, the GST Launch Team and various ministers of the crown.
Prior to that, Isaac worked for three years as a public relations and communications consultant for a Washington DC consultancy. She spent three years working as a current affairs journalist for Television New Zealand and four years in documentary film production with the New Zealand National Film Unit.
She was a founding director of the St Lukes' Group from 1993 to 1996. From 1990 to 1994 she was a Trustee of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. From 1995 to 2001 she served on the Board of Trustees of Wellington College.
Presidency of ACT New Zealand, 2001–2006
Isaac was elected President of ACT New Zealand in March 2001. Her bid for the presidency was support by the founders of ACT, Sir Roger Douglas and Derek Quigley. A key feature of her presidency was the Liberal Project, which was designed to focus the party on its classical liberal roots. However her moves to get the party more focussed on liberal issues were relatively unsuccessful, and in the 2002 election the party largely repeated its socially conservative positions which it had used in 1999.
Isaac was one of a handful of people that Richard Prebble confided in prior to announcing to the ACT caucus on 27 April 2004 that he intended to retire as leader of the party. Isaac oversaw the membership primary  that the party ran to assist in selecting a new leader. Rodney Hide was selected following the primary  and a caucus vote .
Isaac announced publicly in January 2006 that she would not be standing for re-election as party president. She stepped down at the March 2006 annual conference and was replaced by Hamilton businessman Garry Mallett.
Since retiring as president of ACT
Isaac stood for parliament in the 2011 election. She was ranked second on ACT's party list, but did not stand as an electorate candidate because of her husband's illness. Because of ACT's low vote-share, she was not elected to Parliament.
Isaac has been involved in a number of National Government's initiatives, including the Welfare Working Group, and the Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Working Group. She is currently Chair of the Kura Hourua Authorisation Board.
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