I was born in Galloway in southern Scotland where I was schooled at Kirkcolm Primary School and Stranraer Academy. In 2002, I immigrated to Australia with my parents and two younger brothers when I was 17.
I completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours at the University of Adelaide in 2008 and was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor at the City of Marion Council between 2010 and 2014. I worked in senior and principal policy development positions within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet between 2008 and 2014, having worked at the Office for Youth and the Education Department while at university.
I was a National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia between 2010 and 2014 and was named Young Community Leader of the Year in the Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards in 2012.
I entered the South Australian Parliament in March 2014 and in October 2014 I was appointed to the Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee. During 2015 I served on the Standing Committee into e-cigarettes and in January 2016 I became Shadow Cabinet Secretary and then later that year I was appointed Shadow Minister for the Environment.
I was re-elected in March 2018 to represent the seat of Black. Bright was abolished and Black was formed as a new seat due to the boundary changes. Not only was I re-elected but the Liberal Party formed government for the first time in sixteen years and I was then appointed the Minister for Environment and Water.
So far, my proudest achievements as a Member of Parliament have been the launch of the Beach for All access mat at Seacliff and the development of a vision for Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s south.
I am an active lifesaver at the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club and have a strong interest in health, fitness and outdoor activities of all kinds, particularly those involving the beach!
I am also a keen environmentalist and founding member of Friends of the Lower Field River, a land care group established by Hallett Cove residents in 2006 to protect and care for the lower portion of the Field River and its environs.