I have lived in Canberra for over 20 years, having moved here in the 90s with my young family to lead Kippax Uniting Church. Before I became a Uniting Church Minister, I had been a commercial lawyer in Sydney.
A long-term Latham resident, I have always been mindful that while Canberra is a great city, there are people experiencing various kinds of disadvantage and I have made it my main focus in life to advocate for justice, inclusion and participation for the people of our community.
To do this, I established UnitingCare Kippax and grew it into one of Canberra’s best known and respected community service bodies. I was involved in ACTCOSS, the ACT Community Inclusion Board, the ACT Better Services Taskforce, and in 2012 I led the ACT Targeted Assistance Strategy. I was the Chair of Uniting, which is one of Australia's largest aged care service providers, and in 2014 I was very honoured to be a finalist in the ACT Local Hero category of the Australian of the Year awards.
I decided to stand as a representative for Ginninderra so that I could work even harder to make Canberra a place where everyone can belong, be valued and have the opportunity to participate fully.
It is a great honour and privilege to be able to serve not only the people of Ginninderra as your local elected representative, but also the wider Canberra community as your Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services, and Minister for Seniors and Veterans.
That all keeps me pretty busy but in more relaxing moments, you will find me spending time with my wife, Lyndelle, our young adult kids, Joel and Justine, and our very, very old miniature Schnauzer-cross, Paddy. You can also find me - or more likely hear me - at the Brumbies, where I have been a season ticket holder for well over a decade. And I also love to cook - especially the recipes of that other Gordon Ramsay.