Kathryn Greiner AO

Company Director

Schools: The Hub or the Donut?

Kathryn Greiner has contributed to a wide range of leadership positions and private companies, government bodies and nonprofit organisations. Her professional career has focused on Health, Education and Community Development. Kathryn currently chairs the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing for the NSW Government; is Chair of Loreto Kirribilli School Council and Chair of Mary Ward International Australia, the Overseas Aid Agency; as well as being a Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company. She was an elected Councilor to the City of Sydney Council (1995-2004). Kathryn has held Directorships for Australian Hearing; Pacific Power, John Singleton Advertising; the Financial Planning Association and been a member of the Bond University Council as well as a member of the Advisory Council L.E.K. Consulting Ltd. Her non-profit activities have included Chair of the Salvation Army Red Sheild appeal; Chair of Save the Children NSW and Australia; and Chair of the Sydney Peace Prize Foundation. Kathryn has contributed as a Board member to a number of NSW and Australian Government inquiries and communities, including the Review of Funding for Schooling (The Gonski Inquiry) and the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW), was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (2001) and, in 2014, was awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of New South Wales.


Digital technology changes the way classrooms are structured. Will schools’ structural features alter? Will they become more the centre of the community or will all learning for students create such a space that ‘school’ is a hole in the ‘donut’ of the community.