It was a great honour to be elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Macedon in November 2014.
Having grown up in a small farming community in north-east Victoria, I understand the unique needs of people living in small towns and communities outside of larger regional centres.
I’m passionate about ensuring all Victorians have access to the services and infrastructure they need to thrive, no matter where they live.
Before being elected as Member for Macedon, I enjoyed a career across the public, private and community sectors.
I began my working life as a secondary teacher, then representing working people through the union movement before becoming an advisor to Lynne Kosky, the former Minister for Post-Compulsory Education, Employment and Training. I’ve also held roles in the Victorian public service in Education and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to entering Parliament, I held senior roles at the National Bank of Australia and Plan International, one of the world’s leading child rights and international development agencies.
I was very pleased to have been appointed Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Regional Development in December 2020. I’m excited about the opportunities to work for country people and regional and rural communities across our great state
Prior to my appointment as Minister, I served as Cabinet Secretary in the Andrews Labor Government between 2016-2020, as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Health over two years from 2014-2016, and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers from July-November 2016.
On a more personal note, I’m an avid reader who enjoys spending time with my family and enjoying all that life in regional Victoria has to offer. As a member of St Kilda Football Club, I continue to live in hope of another Premiership in my lifetime.