Katie Blake – Non-Executive Director – Member

Katie was a pioneer in the digital information world. She has a BA Dip.Lib from UNSW. After ten years as a librarian at the University of Sydney, she worked for the first providers of online academic databases. She established and managed Australian offices for several US companies, providing marketing, training and support. As the technology developed through CD-ROM then web, Katie moved with it. For seven years she wrote a highly regarded newsletter.

Her career included managerial roles with information companies including SilverPlatter and IHS Australia. For over five years she was a consultant with a consortium of Australian universities managing the construction and development of open-source digital repositories for academic research data.

Currently Katie is one half of a partnership developing a contact management system for small organisations. Database design is her joy and hobby, and she has created music lending systems for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir. She is also a team leader of volunteer gardeners at the historic cemetery of St. Stephen’s in Newtown.

Music has always been a large part of her life. She plays the piano, and has been a chorister since 2007, first with the Festival Chorus, joining the Symphony Chorus in 2011.

Term expires May 2024