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Catherine Ann Warner, AC (born 14 July 1948) is an Australian lawyer, legal academic, and the 28th and current Governor of Tasmania, in office since 10 December 2014.

Kate Warner

28th Governor of Tasmania
Assumed office
10 December 2014
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierWill Hodgman
LieutenantAlan Blow
Preceded byPeter Underwood
Personal details
Catherine Ann Friend

(1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 71)
Hobart, Tasmania
Richard Warner (m. 1971)
EducationBachelor of Laws (Honours)
Master of Laws
Alma materSt Michael's Collegiate School
University of Tasmania
ProfessionLegal academic

Early life and educationEdit

Warner was born Catherine Ann Friend in Hobart, Tasmania, 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 master's thesis focused on "Presentence Psychiatric Reports in Tasmania".[2]

Legal and academic careerEdit

After graduation, Warner worked as Associate to the 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 master's 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, Warner 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]

Warner 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.

Warner 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 TasmaniaEdit

On 10 November 2014, the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, announced that 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]

Personal lifeEdit

On 13 January 2019 it was announced that Warner had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[5]

Titles, styles and honoursEdit

Viceregal styles of
Kate Warner
Reference styleHer Excellency the Honourable
Spoken styleYour Excellency






  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. ^ "Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma". ABC News. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "WARNER, Catherine Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "WARNER, Kate Ann". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Understanding the Most Venerable Order of St John" (PDF). Governor of New South Wales. Governor of New South Wales. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Peter Underwood
Governor of Tasmania