Kate Turner is the Director of the Supervising Scientist Branch’s Supervision and Monitoring section. Kate is responsible for ensuring that environmental management activities and regulatory processes associated with uranium mining in the Alligator Rivers Region are adequate, effective and consistent with Commonwealth requirements. Kate has a background in environmental chemistry and impact assessment, has held various positions across the environmental research institute since commencing with the Branch in 2004.
In 2014 Kate moved into the Supervision and Monitoring team, where she applied her knowledge and research experience to revising the statutory water quality objectives for the Ranger uranium mine. The revised objectives integrate over 10 years of research and monitoring data to form a world-leading water quality compliance framework. In 2016 Kate was appointed as Director, Supervision and Monitoring and is responsible for the supervision and regulatory oversight of uranium mining activities in the Alligator Rivers Region, including ensuring that research activities undertaken by the branch are sufficiently targeted and appropriately applied in regulatory decision making. Kate will be acting Supervising Scientist from November 2018 to July 2019.