Meet Dr Kath Smith

19 August 2023

Kath has worked at the interface of nuclear research, industry, policy and regulation for over 30 years. “I speak “Geek” and English, and always try to find win-win solution for all parties, so transitions between communities has come naturally.”

She is excited about her new role as the Chief Nuclear Officer in the Australian Submarine Agency. “The ASA is a wonderful organisation, full of talented people, who are working to ensure that Australia realises the potential of the national building opportunity provided by the nuclear submarine project.”

Kath is a keen collaborator with national and international networks in nuclear regulation, policy, technology and research. “Diversity is key in getting the best outcomes. And by diversity I mean diversity in everything - lived experience, neural processes, values, gender, age, etc.”

She loves to learn. She has a PhD in Physics, is a Graduate of the World Institute of Nuclear Security and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently enjoying learning more about marine engineering.

In her spare time, Kath is a member of the Board of Microscopy Australia and a member of the committee of Women in Nuclear, Australia, which promotes diversity in nuclear through networking, advocates for women in nuclear, and informs the nuclear debate.