First joined the Australian Labor Party in 1993. Served as secretary of Mount Hutton Branch, Wickham Branch, Newcastle LGC, Newcastle SEC. President of Newcastle LGC. State Conference delegate, State Policy Committee member. Elected Labor Councillor on Newcastle City Council for two terms. Currently Chairman of the State Parliamentary Labor Caucus.
Patron of Newcastle Justices of the Peace, Hillcrest Tennis Club, and Young Peoples Theatre Newcastle. Former board member of Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Northern Settlement Services. Chairman of the Throsby Creek Government Agencies Committee. Member of the Public Service Association. Member of the Newcastle Jets and Newcastle Knights.
Married with four children.
Intermediate and Advanced Industrial Law Certificates, Bachelor of Business (Marketing) Charles Sturt University, Master of International Studies Sydney University.
President of Charles Sturt University Students Association, Clerk Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), Department of Community Services Disability Support Worker, Environmental Education Centre Indonesia, Electorate Officer to Tanya Plibersek MP, Allan Morris MP and Sharon Grierson MP, Communications Manager Mine Safety, Senior Policy Officer NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council, Principal Policy Officer NSW Mine Safety, Councillor Newcastle City Council.
Interests include – surfing, running, football, rugby league, bike riding, camping, reading, music and art.
Inaugural Speech, 13 November 2014: