l was born in Whyalla and lived in Gawler and Kapunda, attending Kapunda High School. After school, I attended Flinders University, where I completed my Bachelor of Arts (BA) before going on to the University of Adelaide to undertake my Master of Business Administration (MBA).
After my studies, I worked as a Director of a public affairs company, and later at an iconic tourism operator. In 2012 l was elected to the South Australian Parliament in the seat of Ramsay, in the northern suburbs. In 2014, l was fortunate enough to become a Minister for a number of portfolios, including Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Multicultural Affairs, Youth, Volunteers and recently the Status of Women.
The role of a Minister and a Member of Parliament (MP) is equally rewarding and demanding. Characteristics of people who work in this field are similar to many other roles; you need passion, tenacity, commitment, the ability to work with other people to achieve common goals and self-belief.
Unlike other jobs, you don’t need to have any specific set of qualifications in order to be a MP. As I mentioned, I have a BA and MBA however, each MP brings with them a different set of skills and personal experiences. What all MP’s do have is a passion for democracy and for improving the lives of our communities.
Personally, I am passionate about a number of issues including education, training and business investment. Participation in the economy for all South Australians is a key driver for my interest in politics.