I was elected as an Alderman to the Hobart City Council, in 2014. Since being elected I have been the Chairperson of Hobart’s Parks and Recreation Committee and worked with many community members to solve problems or to create positive change.
My work on Council is part-time and I am also the Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, which is the leadership policy organisation for migrant and refugee community organisations.
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 in North Queensland.
I worked in Canberra for a number of years as the Australian Conservation Foundation’s National Liaison Officer. During this time I establishing Australia’s first climate change community organisation in 1998 – the Climate Action Network Australia.
After working in Australia on climate change policy for a number of years, I moved to WWF International as Deputy Director of the Global Climate Change Program. In this role I managed the strategy, finances and operations for the international team based in the Asia Pacific.
I moved to Hobart in 2009 to take up a role as International Advisor for the Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, and in that capacity worked closely with a range of parliamentarians and governments around the world.
I’ve been lucky to have lived all over Australia – from Broome to Cairns, Sydney, Canberra and now Hobart – with my partner Mark and two fantastic kids. 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.