Catherine Burn

Deputy Director-General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service

Deputy Director-General Catherine Burn has had a distinguished 34 year career with the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) reaching the rank of Deputy Commissioner. Her career encompassed many areas across the NSWPF including general policing, detectives, homicide, major crime, organised crime, internal affairs, counter terrorism and corporate areas. Catherine also commanded Local Police Commands, Region Commands and many major events and emergencies. 

In April 2018 Catherine was appointed Deputy Director-General Capability & Corporate Management. 

Catherine has been awarded many accolades including a University Medal, the Australian Police Medal and the International Women’s Day 2007 NSW Woman of the Year for achievement in valuing difference and leading change. In 2011 Catherine was announced as the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the year in recognition of her leadership in strategic, business and commercial management.

In 2013 Catherine was honoured with a Doctor of Letters, Macquarie University in recognition of contributions to the community and she has completed the FBI National Executive Institute program.

Catherine comes from a large family and enjoys all forms of sport and music and is an Ambassador for the Sydney Swans Australian Football League team.