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Chapter Meeting - August 2019 - Cage Fighting for Project Managers (Case Study)


August 14, 2019
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM
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Riff Perth
45 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6164


In February 2018 the first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was held in Perth with the support of the Government of Western Australia. For this event to occur the state’s regulation for mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts needed to be overhauled.

From a policing perspective, a variety of internal stakeholders got involved with ensuring the safety of the community including:

  • Perth Police station,
  • Intelligence Services,
  • Gang Crime Squad,
  • Tactical Response Group
  • Organised Crime.


As the Police Commander for the event, Kate faced many challenges, the following are a few of these:

  • Political ramifications of success and/or failure,
  • Communicating with the Officer in Charge of involved business areas ensuring buy in to the event
  • Making sure outlaw motorcycle gangs were not wearing “colours” to the event
  • A bar serving full strength alcohol opening at 6.30………….AM!


My discussion is around the use of female communication and leadership during the lead up to the event, and situations that occurred on the day – including my secret weapon when dealing with a very large and intimidating man being removed from the premises!


Kate joined the WA Police (WAPOL) in July 1996 and performed general duties in and around Perth until 1998 when she transferred to the Perth Crash Investigation Section and on to Major Crash Investigation Section (MCIS) in 2000.

After four years at MCIS and two babies later, Kate worked in the HR Planning, Equity and Policy area before transferring to be the first female officer to permanently work at Rottnest Island in 2007. Kate was promoted to Sergeant in 2009, where she worked at the Perth Watch House with a long term acting as the Officer in Charge. Kate describes this time of her career as enduring some of the most intensive situations in her profession with many extraordinary challenges.

In 2012 Kate was promoted to Senior Sergeant working as a Staff Officer to the Assistant Commissioner (Professional Development) before becoming the Officer in Charge of Wembley Police Station in 2013.

Kate transitioned her police station through the Metropolitan Operating Model, one of the most significant business changes in WAPOL history. Promoted to Inspector in 2015 Kate has worked as an Assistant District Officer in the Central Metropolitan District implementing with her team the highly decorated Perth Police Bike Patrol Group.

In 2017 Kate was attached to the South Metropolitan District before returning to the Central Metropolitan District to assist in implementing the new Perth District.

Academically Kate has a Masters of Arts (Public Sector Leadership), Diploma of Major Crash Investigations and has recently completed the Company Directors Course. Kate was part of the 2017 cohort for the Director Pipeline Program.

Kate is married with two children.  Kate currently spends time doing Year 10 algebra, Year 8 science, sitting on two ‘not for profit’ boards and enjoys nice glass of red wine at the end of all of that.



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We would also like to invite you to attend PMI Toastmasterswhich meets immediately before the Chapter Meeting servicing the local community of project managers in Perth. Good leaders are good communicators. In Toastmasters you will improve your speaking skills and develop leadership abilities in order to become a better leader. 


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