A: I first worked in local government on King Island in 1993.
Q: What was your first job in local government?
A: I was originally appointed as the Senior Administration Officer, however within a few months I changed role to become the Senior Finance Officer.
Q: What did you do before you worked in local government?
A: After completing my schooling, I worked in the banking industry, starting at the Commercial Bank of Australia prior to its merger with Bank of New South Wales to form Westpac.
Q: What prompted you to join the National Board of LG Professionals Australia?
A: After working in more remote locations in Tasmania, an opportunity came up to join the Tasmanian Board in 2009. That led to becoming a National Delegate. In both cases the motivation was to give something back to the professional organisation that had served me well since I first started with local government in 1993.
Q: What do you see as the most important focus for LG Professionals Australia in the coming 12 months?
A: The focus is to build relationships, continue research and advocacy on key matters. As we grow stronger as a Federation, we can better support our members across Australia.
Q: What are the major challenges local governments are facing in the coming months? And the next 5 years?
A: As stated by Rabia Siddique on the Gold Coast: ‘Local government is undervalued and over criticised’. The challenge is to promote the benefits of local government to local community. As a sector we need to work with key stakeholders collectively to celebrate our successes and demonstrate our value to reduce the criticism that is often unfairly directed at the industry.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Being an avid sports-nut, my free time generally involves watching Aussie Rules – either locally or the AFL – and the odd game of golf . . . actually any live sport will do. For myself, I am committed to running 10k once a week – at least – often with friends.
CEO, LG Professionals Australia