I was born in Kalgoorlie on 13th July 1961. My father’s family were from Kalgoorlie and my mother’s family were from Boulder. I am a 5th generation Australian with my ancestry is predominately from Scotland, Wales and England.
Following the down turn in the mining industry in the mid 1960’s my family left Kalgoorlie so my father could try and obtain employment in Perth. My parents purchased a home in Palmyra in 1965 and they live in that same home to this very day.
I attended Palmyra Primary School and then John Curtin Senior High School. I attended University as a matured aged student in 1993, graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws in 1997.
I worked in a private law firm until 1999 before joining the WA Police Union as their Legal Officer in and later as in-house counsel from 2001 - 2011 when I retired to become full time Mayor at the City of Kwinana. I was first elected as a councillor to the (then) Town of Kwinana in May 1997, served as Deputy from 2005-2006 before being elected as the first woman Mayor to the Town in May 2006, a position I currently hold until my council term expires in October 2017.
I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I represent the City of Kwinana as a member of the South West Metropolitan Zone of Councils and a WA Local Government Association State Council (WALGA) delegate, deputy Chairperson if the WALGA Governance Policy team and a member of the Local Government House Trust. I am the Metropolitan Commissioner for the WA Grants Commission, a past member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (2011-2016). I am a current board member of the following organisations:
- Chairperson SouthWest Group (Councils of Rockingham, Kwinana, Cockburn, Melville, Fremantle & East Fremantle)
- Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation
- Gilmore College Independent School Board
- Murdoch University School of Law Advisory Board
- Kwinana Early Years’ Service (KEYS)
- Chairperson of the Kwinana Citizens Advice Bureau.
In 2014 I was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Kwinana Rotary Club in recognition of my efforts to encourage economic development and planning in the City of Kwinana. As Mayor I have a keen interest in improving the local image of Kwinana and find ways to economically development the regions to stimulate employment opportunities both in Kwinana and South metropolitan corridor.
I have a blended family of five adult children and two grandchildren.
To ensure that every decision the government makes will result in better economic, social or environmental outcomes for the people of Western Australia”.
I will achieve this mission by going back to basics, taking a common-sense and no-nonsense approach to decision making, asking the tough questions, working collaboratively and in good faith with all elected members of parliament, and by holding the government to account at every turn.