ANZAED’s first patron is Ms Kate Carnell AO (2017- ).
Ms Carnell is a leading Australian business administrator and politician who has worked as Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and CEO of beyondblue for two years involving advocacy and community awareness for depression and related conditions. She has a childhood experience of Anorexia Nervosa.
Her current role is the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology.
Kate was a guest speaker at the ANZAED Autumn workshop series in 2016 and delivered a keynote address at the ANZAED 2017 Conference, Eating Disorders – A path travelled.