This month we caught up with Katrina Fromm, Deputy CEO at District Council of Karoonda East Murray about her career, leadership journey and what she enjoys most about working in local government.
What is your role? Describe a typical day.
I have been employed with the District Council of Karoonda East Murray for just over six years, I currently hold the position of Deputy CEO.
I work closely with our executive leadership team to help achieve the Council’s goals and objectives. I have a diverse portfolio covering Finance, IT, Customer Service, Child Care Centre, Community Services, WHS and Risk. Each day is different and there is always something that will challenge you.
What do you enjoy most about working in local government?
I really enjoy working closely with our small community, together we have been able to deliver some great projects and services. Being part of a small team enables our staff to be more resilient and deal with anything that comes our way.
You been involved with LG Professionals SA for several years and have participated in various programs and events, for instance the Strategic Management Program, Network Forums and Conferences – can you share with us how these have had a positive impact on your leadership journey?
I recently completed the Strategic Management Program and a few years earlier participated in the Emerging Leaders Program. Both programs enabled me to make some great network connections, being able to interact with peers from across the LG sector. It has given me greater awareness into my working style and preference and how I can work with this and relate it back to my team.
You’ve recently joined the Women’s Network Committee – Is there anything you want to achieve?
I would like to build on my networking opportunities and connect with other women in Local Government. It will give me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and to build my network.
Do you have a favourite LG Professionals SA memory?
My favourite memory would be the last Women’s Network Conference at the Wine Centre, where Dorinda Hafner got everyone to stand up and write a word in the air with their bums. This would have to be one of the best conferences I have attended, and I was also able to bring five women from our council to share the experience.
What do you like doing in your leisure time?
Outside of work you will find me catching up with family and friends or relaxing at the river. I also like to travel throughout Australia and look forward to doing more of it now that the borders are opening up.