The Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner was to open the District Conference and her husband Richard was going to speak on projects in Timor Leste.
Tasmania’s 28th Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014.
Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute. She had also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. Following her appointment as Governor, she was made a professor emeritus.
She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007; Visiting Fellow All Souls College Oxford in 2009; the University of Tasmania Distinguished Service Medal in 2013; and the Women Lawyers Award for Leadership in 2013. She has been nominated as a finalist in the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards for her contributions to the law, law reform and legal education. In December 2016 she was made a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.
Her Excellency is married to Richard Warner, and they have two daughters. Richard was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, and was actively involved in the Derwent Valley community. He is a keen horticulturalist, and interested in the re-use of redundant heritage buildings in Tasmania.
Her Excellency is grandmother to five grandchildren, a passionate gardener, keen bushwalker and occasional cyclist.