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 believe government has an important role to play in supporting access to first rate health services, education and job opportunities for all Victorians no matter where they live. Macedon is an electorate of small towns and communities and I will be working hard to make sure we are not overlooked.
I’m particularly passionate about the needs of growing families and the services and infrastructure they need to thrive and I’m looking forward to working with the Premier and Ministers on delivering significant investment to Macedon, most notably building an education precinct in Kyneton, including a trades hub and completing the rebuild of Daylesford Secondary College.
Prior to being elected 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. Lynne was a great mentor and personal friend from whom I learnt a great deal during my time as a Ministerial staffer. I’ve also held roles in the Victorian public service in Education and the Department of Premier and Cabinet where I was Head of Communications. Prior to entering Parliament, I held senior roles at the National Bank of Australia and then Plan International, one of the world’s leading child rights and international development agencies.
I was very pleased to have been appointed Cabinet Secretary in the Andrews Labor Government in November 2016. Prior to this I served as Parliamentary Secretary for Health over two years from 2014 – 2016 as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Carers from July – November 2016. During this time I worked closely with the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, the Hon. Jill Hennessy to deliver Labor’s commitment to fix the ambulance crisis and end the former Government’s war on paramedics. I also worked closely on the development of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015 – 2019 which sets the Andrews Government’s priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly our most disadvantaged.
On a more personal note, I’m an avid reader who enjoys running, spending time with my family and enjoying all that life in Macedon has to offer. As a member of St Kilda Football Club, I continue to live in hope of another Premiership in my lifetime.