|Her Excellency Professor the Honourable
|28th Governor of Tasmania|
10 December 2014
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Preceded by||Peter Underwood|
|Born||Catherine Ann Friend
14 July 1948
|Spouse(s)||Richard Warner (m. 1971)|
|Education||Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Master of Laws
|Alma mater||St Michael's Collegiate School
University of Tasmania
Early life and education
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. Her LLM thesis focussed on "Presentence Psychiatric Reports in Tasmania".
Legal and academic career
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.
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.
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.
Governor of Tasmania
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.
Titles, styles and honours
|Viceregal styles of
|Reference style||Her Excellency the Honourable|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
- 26 January 2014: Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to law.
- 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.
- 2007: Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL)
- 2009: Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
- 2015: Honorary Fellow of Jane Franklin Hall, University of Tasmania
- Who's Who in Australia, ConnectWeb, 2014.
- Warner, Kate (1978). "A study of presentence psychiatric reports in Tasmania". University of Tasmania. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "A life of ‘firsts’ for Distinguished Service Medal winner". University of Tasmania. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "Kate Warner to be appointed 28th Tasmanian Governor". ABC News. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "WARNER, Catherine Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "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.
- "WARNER, Kate Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
|Governor of Tasmania