The Real Independents

Katie Richmond

I have lived in the North Sydney LGA for the past 11 years with my family and went to school in Kirribilli.


I am a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, and an alumni of UNSW (Masters of International Development) and Macquarie University.  I spent 8 years overseas working in international development and policy.  For five of those years I was in Cambodia working with the UN, World Bank and NGOs to ensure local governance processes were transparent and responsive; and with the Department of Foreign Affairs on projects to prevent cross-border people trafficking.    


I then moved to New York working in Policy for the Council of the Americas where I learned the importance of bringing bright minds and different perspectives around tricky policy problems.  This was reinforced during my 8 years at the University of Sydney where I headed up the external engagement team for the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research to establish highly impactful and innovative collaborations between all levels of government, leading researchers and the business community.  I represented the University on numerous committees including NSW Government Camperdown/Ultimo Alliance; NSW Treasury’s SME - University Collaboration Committee and was on the Ethics Committee for Family Planning NSW.



I currently work at an International NGO based in North Sydney which provides impact investment and microfinance for women entrepreneurs across the Asia Pacific.  


In my spare time, I love surfing with my husband and son and taking our dog for a run in our beautiful local parks. 


Why run for Council?


I have become increasingly concerned by our Council’s seeming indifference to, and inadequate representation of, our community’s voice on important issues.  


I am concerned by development decisions that will negatively and irreversibly impact local amenity and current and future resident’s well-being.   


I am concerned about our Council’s financial health due to overspending on projects without community consensus and despite significant rate increases. 


I am deeply concerned by what I see as an erosion of our community’s values on the Council floor.  That’s why I’m running for Council.



I want a council that demonstrates values of transparency, compassion, innovation and sustainability and I will work hard to bring these values back to our community.