Cathy Reade spent her early career working for a range of Canberra-based lobby groups. In 1989 she started working for the Crawford Fund, a non-profit organisation that works to increase Australia’s engagement in international agricultural research, development and education for the benefit of developing countries and Australia. Cathy developed and manages a Crawford Fund Master Class in Communication with Stakeholders for scientists in developing countries, with facilitators Jenni Metcalfe and Toss Gascoigne. Additionally, she has a media consultancy concentrating in the not-for-profit sector around agriculture, development/aid, S&T and environment policy, issues and events. Cathy produced development-focussed sessions at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Melbourne in 2007 and at the ASC Conference in Canberra in 2010.