Cathie Reid AM
‘We each only get one life and I intend to make mine as epic as I possibly can! As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly challenging myself to think differently, and a favourite way to stimulate new ideas is by changing my physical environment. If you’re always looking at life through the same lens, chances are you’ll keep seeing the same things. This is the place where I share what I see and the ideas sparked by those experiences.’
Cathie is the Co-Founder of Australia’s Epic Group, including Epic Pharmacy and Epic Good Foundation, and the Co-Founder of Icon Group, which includes Icon Cancer Care, Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC), Slade Health chemotherapy compounding, and pharmacy management services to the Epic and Slade Pharmacies. Icon Group is Australia’s largest dedicated cancer care provider and has further expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Icon SOC in Singapore, radiation oncology partnerships in China, and the opening of an integrated cancer centre in New Zealand.
Cathie brings a passion for innovation to her role as Digital Advisor to the Icon Group Board. As a significant contributor to the Group’s evolution and depth of business, Cathie intimately understands the operational challenges and opportunities.
A tech geek at heart, Cathie has always believed in the role digital solutions play in exceptional healthcare delivery. It is this commitment that saw her found Epic Digital, a business focused on technology solutions that connect healthcare professionals with their patients, improving access to information, facilitating work flows and empowering patients to actively manage their health. Now part of Icon Group, Epic Digital is bridging the gap between the paper-based industry we know today and the digital future of tomorrow.
Cathie is also the Chair of AUCloud, provider of digital infrastructure and information governance for sovereign data assets, and a director of the Brisbane Lions Australian Rules Football Club.
She has been recipient of several industry awards and honours including: induction into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2015, named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2013, winner of the National Telstra Business Women’s Award in 2011, and recognised by Monash University with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 2012. In June 2019, Cathie was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to healthcare delivery and philanthropy.
Cathie’s fascination in breaking new ground saw her invited to be part of the original Google Glass Explorer program and she is one of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts. She eagerly awaits the opportunity to travel into space and see the world from a very different perspective.
Cathie regularly speaks on a broad range of topics, including digital healthcare, wearable technology, entrepreneurial lessons from the Epic business story and the role of women in leadership.