Catherine Stoddart was appointed chief executive of Brightwater Care Group in March 2022. Prior to that, she was the deputy director general at the Department of Communities in WA and chief executive for Northern Territory Health.
With extensive leadership experience in complex health and care organisations including as deputy chief nurse and deputy chief executive at the Oxford University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust, her commitment to social justice and improving the lives of vulnerable groups of people has been the focus of many of her roles.
Ms Stoddart was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year for strategies that she put in place to build stronger nursing career paths, as well as the development of Aboriginal employment programmes across the Department of Health.
In September 2013, she received the Australian Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community health volunteering programmes.