Archbishop Kay was born and called to ministry in the Diocese of Melbourne.
Kay left a career in hospitality to study at Trinity College within the University of Melbourne and the United Faculty of Theology in Parkville, before serving in the Parishes of Thomastown/Epping and Deer Park/St Albans.
She was ordained Deaconess in 1984 and Deacon in 1986, where she worked in the parishes of Thomastown and Deer Park in Melbourne. In 1988, she was appointed Chaplain to Perth College in the Diocese of Perth and was among the first women in Australia to be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Peter Carnley on 7 March 1992.
Kay has served the Diocese of Perth as Rector of St David’s Applecross, and as Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Archdeacon of Fremantle, Archdeacon of Perth, Diocesan Registrar and Diocesan Administrator. Kay was appointed Assistant Bishop by Archbishop Roger Herft and was the first woman ordained to the episcopate in Australia on 22 May 2008.
During her time in Perth, Kay served as a Trustee of the Diocese of Perth and a member of the Boards of Anglicare, Amana Living Inc, and is Chair of the Partnership in Mission Committee and GFS – An Anglican Ministry.
On the international scene Kay has been a clerical member of the Anglican Consultative Council, while contributing to the national church on the General Synod Standing Committee and various General Synod Commissions.
- On 11 December 2014 Bishop Kay was elected to become the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Gippsland and was installed on 21 March 2015.
- In the Australian 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to religion through the Anglican Church of Australia, as a pioneer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality".
- On 21 August 2017 Bishop Kay was elected as the Eighth Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia. On 10 February 2018, Kay was installed as the first female archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia.
From the Archbishop
The Reverend Jacob Legarda
The Venerable Angela Webb
Archdeacon of Perth and the South
The Venerable Tony Drayton
Archdeacon of the North
The Venerable Kathy Barrett-Lennard
Archdeacon to the Rural Communities
The Venerable Onesimo Yugusuk
Archdeacon to the Sudanese Communities
The Venerable Mandy Herriman
Archdeacon to the Household of Deacons
The Seventh Archbishop of Perth (2005 – 2017)
Dr Peter F Carnley, AC
The Sixth Archbishop of Perth (1981-2005) and Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia (2000-2005)
Geoffrey Tremayne Sambell
The Fifth Archbishop of Perth (1969-1980)
The Fourth Archbishop of Perth (1963-1969)
Robert William Haines Moline
Third Archbishop of Perth (1947–1962)
Henry Frewen Le Fanu
The Second Archbishop of Perth (1929-1946) and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia (1935-1946)
The Most Reverend Charles Riley
The Third Bishop of Perth (1895-1914) and First Archbishop of Perth (1914-1929)
Henry Hutton Parry
The Second Bishop of Perth (1876-1893)
Mathew Bladgen Hale
The First Bishop of Perth (1857 – 1875)