Kate Warner

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Her Excellency Professor the Honourable
Kate Warner
28th Governor of Tasmania
Assumed office
10 December 2014
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Premier Will Hodgman
Lieutenant Alan Blow
Preceded by Peter Underwood
Personal details
Born Catherine Ann Friend
(1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 69)
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality  Australia
Spouse(s) Richard Warner (m. 1971)
Education Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Master of Laws
Alma mater St Michael's Collegiate School
University of Tasmania
Profession Legal academic

Catherine Ann "Kate" 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 focussed 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]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Viceregal styles of
Kate Warner
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Reference style Her Excellency the Honourable
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Ma'am


  • Australia 26 January 2014: Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to law.[5]
  • Australia 26 January 2017: Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the people of Tasmania through leading contributions to the legal community, particularly to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher, and as a supporter of the arts, and environmental and social justice initiatives.[6]




  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. ^ "WARNER, Catherine Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "WARNER, Kate Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Peter Underwood
Governor of Tasmania