In Episode 118 of the No Limitations podcast Hardest Opportunity on Offer, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks with Kate Munnings, Group Chief Executive Officer of Virtus Health Pty Ltd, a global leader in assisted reproductive services.

In a moving conversation, Kate reveals the eye-opening statistic that, in today’s society, one in six couples experience fertility issues. She reflects on her early days as a nurse during the HIV and AIDS epidemic, and how this experience played a pivotal role in shaping her professional path, ultimately leading her to transition into an established law career, followed by senior operations and executive roles at Transfield Services (now Ventia). In this capacity, Kate provides a fascinating insider’s perspective into the world of detention centres and the plight of refugees. She also discusses her experiences at Ramsay Health Care Australia, shedding light on the challenges associated with introducing changes in the healthcare system. Moreover, she reflects on assuming her inaugural Chief Executive Officer position, amidst the unprecedented times of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her career, Kate learned that a title nor a position are necessary to be a leader, and that the essence of great leadership comprises of camaraderie, courage and compassion.

Kate was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Virtus Health Pty Ltd in 2020. Prior to this, she was Chief Operating Officer of Ramsay Health Care Australia and earlier was Chief Risk and Legal Officer followed by Chief Executive – Operations at Transfield Services. Kate started her career as a HIV/AIDS nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital before becoming a construction lawyer and Partner at law firms Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Baker McKenzie. Alongside Virtus Health, Kate is currently Chair of Digital Health Cooperative Research Centres. Kate has also served as a Board Member of South East Sydney Local Health District.

Please note: this episode was recorded on 16 May 2023.

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