Dr Kate Harrison Brennan
Dr Kate Harrison Brennan began her role as CEO of Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) in 2015. Kate is passionate about leading teams to be courageous and innovative, co-creating with those who are often vulnerable or excluded.
Kate studied international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and spent the last year of her doctoral studies in politics at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton on a visiting fellowship. Her doctoral thesis examined the impact of social accountability in a World Bank grant to Ethiopia on vulnerable people's access to healthcare. She also holds an M.Phil (Distinction) in Development Studies from Oxford and a BA (Hons. I) / LLB (Hons. I) from the University of Sydney, and in 2006, was named Young Australian of the Year for NSW.
Kate returned home to Australia from New York, where she had been Director of Global Affairs and Strategic Communications at the Australian Consulate-General, to serve as an Advisor to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Subsequently, she founded Global & Smart as a digital storytelling platform and agency for “the story behind the good” about products made responsibly and sustainably.
Her edited volume, Making Global Institutions Work, was published by Routledge in September 2014. Kate has been a guest lecturer in New York, Melbourne, and Sydney, and continues to speak regularly. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, TechCrunch, Propel Sophia, and ABC Religion & Ethics and she has been an Advisor to Christianity Today Women. She currently serves on the Board of the Bible Society Australia.
Kate and her family are a part of St George’s Anglican Church in Sydney’s Paddington, where she is a member of Parish Council. Kate loves all sports involving water, as well as painting with watercolours.
Dr Harrison Brennan's recent writings include:
BE FIERCE AND COURAGEOUS IN CELEBRATION
Reflections on one of our most urgent biblical and prophetic tasks: to celebrate with hope and courage because of Jesus’ resurrection.
How to Seek Justice
on the Home Front
30 November, 2018
I’m learning how hard it is to create a work culture that dares to focus on justice and mercy within our office, as well as our mission.
2018 Vision Speech to the ADM Annual General Meeting: “Give Thanks!”
Read Kate’s address to the 2018 Anglican Deaconess Ministries AGM.
BRINGING CHURCH (QUESTIONS)
28 September, 2018
Kate reflects on public justice, moral leadership, and the need for caring communities, after a historic visit to Canberra as part of a Micah Australia delegation of female Christian leaders that included leaders representing a range of Christian communities, from Hillsong Church to the Salvation Army and others.
THERE'S A POWER IN 'DOWNING TOOLS' TO TAKE A BREAK. AUSTRALIANS SHOULD PROTECT IT
24 January, 2017
Weekend penalty rates represent the power of the notion of the 'sabbath rest', a value that should be protected in Australia.
NO PLACE FOR EXILE: HOW CHRISTIANS SHOULD (NOT) MAKE SENSE OF THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD
ABC Religion and Ethics
16 December, 2016
Against the trend of Christians 'exiling' themselves due to increasing opposition, Kate writes that Christians must work for the common good of the cities we live in.