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Annual Report 2014–15

Staff Profiles

Catherine Noake

Financial advice to support the Army in Australia and the Middle East

As a member of the Chief Finance Officer Group, Catherine Noake supports the Army by providing financial advice, in line with the Department of Finance’s shared services model, on the budgetary impacts of modernising capability. Her work involves reviewing business cases and cost estimates for projects aimed at ensuring that soldiers are well equipped and that the Army’s capability platforms are world class.

A highlight of Catherine’s career was deploying to the Middle East as a Defence civilian in 2014. As the Assistant Financial Adviser for Joint Task Force 633, her work involved managing budgets, conducting governance checks and supporting financial requirements back through the technical chain of command. For almost seven months, she lived on a military airbase in a joint environment, working alongside and experiencing the same conditions as the military members on operations.

‘I consider myself lucky to have been selected for this unique opportunity, which proved to be both challenging and immensely rewarding. Experiencing how business is conducted in the operational environment demonstrated the importance of the work undertaken by the Chief Finance Officer Group,’ Catherine said.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle and has worked in Defence since October 2002. With a spouse in the military and a growing family, she has transferred through various Defence jobs around Australia. During this time, she also joined the Royal Australian Air Force Active Reserve and completed training as a logistics officer to supplement her Defence experience.

‘I enjoy working in Defence because of the culture and broad experiences on offer’, Catherine said. ‘Where else can you meet so many interesting, diverse and knowledgeable people?’

Catherine enjoys spending time with her two children and activities such as yoga, snow skiing, hiking, watching the occasional movie and shopping.