I was elected as an Alderman to the Hobart City Council, in 2014.
In addition to my work as an Alderman, I am also the Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. In this role I work 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.
Since being elected I have been the Chairperson of Hobart’s Parks and Recreation Committee, worked on many of the big issues affecting Hobart, and with community members to solve local problems.