Kate Warner

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Kate Warner

28th Governor of Tasmania
Assumed office
10 December 2014
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierWill Hodgman
LieutenantAlan Blow
Preceded byPeter Underwood
Personal details
Catherine Ann Friend

(1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 70)
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality Australia
Richard Warner (m. 1971)
EducationBachelor of Laws (Honours)
Master of Laws
Alma materSt Michael's Collegiate School
University of Tasmania
ProfessionLegal academic

Catherine Ann Warner AC (born 14 July 1948) is an Australian lawyer, legal academic, and the current Governor of Tasmania.

Early life and education[edit]

Professor Kate Warner was born in Hobart, and attended St Michael's Collegiate School and the University of Tasmania, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours on 15 April 1970, and with a Master of Laws by research thesis on 7 December 1978.[1] Her LLM thesis focused on "Presentence Psychiatric Reports in Tasmania".[2]

Legal and academic career[edit]

After graduation, she worked as Associate to (then) Chief Justice of Tasmania Sir Stanley Burbury at the Supreme Court of Tasmania and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1971. Following completion of her LLM thesis in 1978, she commenced her lengthy career as an academic at the University of Tasmania Law School. She was promoted to Lecturer in 1981, to Senior Lecturer in 1989, Associate Professor in 1993, and Professor in 1996.[1]

In 1992, she was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law and later was appointed Head of the School of Law (the first woman to hold these positions at the University of Tasmania). She was promoted to Professor in 1996 and in 2002 was appointed as foundation Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute.[1]

She was awarded the Allen Austin Bartholomew Award for the best article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology in each year from 2004 to 2007.

She is an internationally recognised expert in the fields of criminal law, criminology and sentencing and has taught, researched and published in these areas for more than 30 years.[3]

Governor of Tasmania[edit]

On 10 November 2014, the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, announced that Professor Warner would be appointed as the 28th Governor of Tasmania, after the death in office of Peter Underwood. She was sworn in on 10 December 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

On the 13th of January 2019 it was announced that Governor Warner had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[5]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Viceregal styles of
Kate Warner
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Reference styleHer Excellency the Honourable
Spoken styleYour Excellency


  • Tasmania 2012: Distinguished Service Medal by the University of Tasmania[3]
  • Tasmania 2012: Biennial Achievement Award by Tasmanian Women Lawyers Association




  1. ^ a b c Who's Who in Australia, ConnectWeb, 2014.
  2. ^ Warner, Kate (1978). "A study of presentence psychiatric reports in Tasmania". University of Tasmania. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "A life of 'firsts' for Distinguished Service Medal winner". University of Tasmania. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Kate Warner to be appointed 28th Tasmanian Governor". ABC News. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma". ABC News. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "WARNER, Catherine Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Australia Day 2017 Honours List. Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ "WARNER, Kate Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Understanding the Most Venerable Order of St John" (PDF). Governor of New South Wales. Governor of New South Wales. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Peter Underwood
Governor of Tasmania