Liberal Party first female NSW Young Liberal President, 1985-1986. Liberal Party Executive, 2000-2003.
BEc (Soc Sc) University of Sydney; Australia Region Chair, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (2013-16); Chair, Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration Advisory Committee (2012-15); Columnist, Sunday Telegraph (2011-13); Prior to Parliament: "Wordworks" writing consultancy, 1994-2003. Edelman Public Relations, 1993-1994. Executive Officer, NSW Minister for Health 1991-1992. Senior Policy Advisor NSW Minister for Education, 1990-1991; NSW Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Women, Memberships: National Trust, 1981-present; NSW Art Gallery, 1982-present; NSW Institute for Public Administration.
Interests include writing, theatre, music festivals and bushwalking.
First Speech, 20 May 2003: