Kate McKenzie

Kate McKenzie


  • The University of Western Australia (M361), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Kate McKenzie is an MBA qualified relationship manager with 15 years experience in creating partnerships across a broad range of industries. As a student of foreign languages (Japanese, Spanish and French), she developed empathy and interest in the world around her. She was fortunate to receive support for her studies which planted the seed for her interest in philanthropy. During the earlier part of her career in international business and supply chain management she established a strong foundation in customer service excellence, cross-cultural communication, internal and external stakeholder liaison, process improvement, project management and strategic planning. She now applies these skills to fostering philanthropic relationships.

Roles and responsibilities

In March 2016 Kate joined the Development and Alumni Relations team at The University of Western Australia (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) to develop financial and in-kind support of teaching/learning and research activities. 

Kate also recently undertook a secondment in Trusts and Foundations. She welcomes inquiries from academics who require assistance with Trust and Foundation applications, particularly those related to health. She can also assist academics to seek broader opportunities to attract philanthropic support for their work, including communication of impact for the community, activatation of personal and professional networks and relationship building through community engagement.

Kate is passionate about matching the personal or strategic interests of potential supporters to the needs of our students and the wider community that the university serves, through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and solutions to societal challenges. She is a proactive network builder who is genuinely interested in engaging with individuals of diverse professions and organisations of all sizes including corporate, entrepreneurial, government and non-profit organisations. 

Ask Kate how you can make a difference through supporting scholarships, academic programs or research.  


Community engagement

Kate is also  a dedicated volunteer who is inspired by interaction with diverse cultures and the opportunities that others gave her to develop. She has been a member of Rotary for 9 years and is currently a member of the Rotary E-Club of Western Australia (E-WA Rotary). Through Rotary, she hopes to make a positive impact on social issues locally and globally. 

Education/Academic qualification

Business, Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University


Business, Graduate Diploma of Business, Curtin University


Japanese Studies and Politics, Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours), Murdoch University


External positions

Board Member (Volunteer), Rotary E-Club of Western Australia

2016 → …

Industry keywords

  • Not for Profit
  • Health
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Education
  • Social and Welfare Issues