Catherine Dawson

Asia Pacific


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“Where the mind goes, the energy flows…”

Catherine is an accomplished professional based in Brisbane. She has held senior management positions with Rio Tinto – the global mining organisation and has more than 17 years mining and resource industry experience. Catherine draws on a broad commercial base of expertise, with particular specialisation in procurement strategy development, sales effectiveness, continuous improvement, and supply chain efficiency and optimisation. In addition, she has a wealth of experience representing organisations in high end commercial negotiations. As a facilitator, Catherine has a strong ability to engage with a diverse range of clients and is able to assess the varied needs of individuals and teams to build effective lasting skills.


Catherine’s commitment to value delivery, process and problem resolution has helped her achieve positive outcomes on behalf of her clients and the organisations she represents in complex commercial negotiations.  She has successfully operated in a diverse range of geographies and cross cultural contexts including: South Africa, Madagascar, Japan, China, Laos, Singapore, India and Mongolia. Catherine has a high energy, flexible and engaging style that is valued by her clients.

Specialist Focus

With a strong capability in large value and high complexity, commercial negotiations, Catherine has worked extensively with mining and resource sector organisations to help them achieve ongoing value optimisation and efficiencies. Catherine’s portfolio of clients ranges from Heavy Industry and Construction, Retail, Aviation and Infrastructure.


Catherine holds a Bachelor of Business; Masters of Business (with Distinction); and is a Deans Award of Excellence recipient.  She is currently furthering her legal studies with the objective being to enter the Bar.

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