Cate was appointed as CEO at City of Prospect Council in April 2016 . She has a long association with local government, having worked in senior roles for the South Australian Local Government Association and also the City of Playford (in northern Adelaide) following a significant period as a consultant to local government. Cate has built strong working partnerships across a wide range of local government issues, and has been involved in strategic planning for nearly 30 years. She has significant experience in both the private sector and local government in strategy and policy, development services, environmental assessment, and community consultation and advocacy.
Cate is currently a National Board member of the Planning Institute of Australia, has been President of Local Government Professionals Australia (SA Division), and currently sits on the LG Professionals Board as well as the LG Professionals Women’s Network for SA.