Kate Costello

Facilitator, Executive 1, Adelaide


Kate CostelloKate Costello is the Executive Director of Governance Matters, a consulting and publishing company specialising in improving corporate governance practices and board performance. The company develops industry-specific governance programs, conducts board evaluations and sells governance-related pro ducts.

Kate is also a renowned speaker on governance topics.

Prior to establishing the successful management consultancy, Kate earned a law degree from the University of Melbourne and worked in management at a commercial law firm. She was also an academic at the University of South Australia.

Kate’s experience in the sector stems from over 25 years of work in corporate governance and strategy consulting. She has worked closely with the boards of client organisations across the country and has held several directorships. Kate was also a facilitator in the Company Directors’ Course, a comprehensive director program offered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Internationally, Kate was an integral part in developing an inaugural governance program for Thailand’s Institute of Directors. She was also an alliance group member engaged by AUSAID and the World Bank to undertake a governance initiative in China.

Kate works in governance consulting with boards and executive management on strategy, restructures, skilling programs and board evaluations. Some notable clients have included:

  • Macquarie Bank Ltd
  • Caltex Ltd
  • World Bank
  • Department of Defence
  • Thailand Institute of Directors
  • The Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
  • Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)

Kate’s board experience includes directorships of The South Australian TAB, Festival City Broadcasters Ltd and Saab Systems Pty Ltd and, chairmanship of Saab ITS and Bassett Consulting Engineers. She currently holds directorships in two ASX listed companies:

  • Integrated Research Ltd
  • LBT Innovations Ltd

Kate is a member of the Independent Selection Committee of the University of Adelaide and was a committee member for the independent review of the governance of soccer in Australia.