I was elected as Lord Mayor of Hobart in November 2018 following one term as a Hobart City Councillor between 2014 – 2018.
Prior to my election as Mayor I was the Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania where I worked to promote the concerns and contributions of Tasmania’s migrant and refugee communities.
I’ve had a diverse and interesting career, which started as a travelling art teacher in Aboriginal communities in Queensland and New South Wales.
Following this I worked in North Queensland where I established a regional community legal centre based in Cairns.
I worked in Canberra for a number of years running the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliamentary Liaison Office. During this time I established Australia’s first climate change community organisation in 1998 – the Climate Action Network Australia.
After working in Australia on climate change policy, I moved to WWF International as the Deputy Director of the Global Climate Change Program. In this role I managed the strategy development and operations for an international team based in WWF offices around the world.
I moved to Hobart in 2009 to take up a role as International Advisor for Senator Bob Brown when he was the Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. In this role I researched and wrote policy on a wide range of international issues.
I’ve been lucky to have lived all over Australia – from Broome to Cairns, Sydney, Canberra and now Hobart – with my partner Mark and our two fantastic kids.
My education took me from Pimlico High School in Townsville, to the Australian National University for my undergraduate degree. I have also completed a Masters of Management from the University of Technology Sydney.
I have long family connections in Tasmania dating back to 1850, and my parents, Margaret and Henry, brought us here every Christmas during my childhood and now also live in Hobart.