ABOUT DEAN

 

I was raised and educated in Kingston Beach, where I returned to live with my wife Allison in 2013.  Since then we have started our own family, with George (3) and Harriet (1) born during my four years on Council.

My university studies in Economics and Arts complimented my work at the Department of Treasury and Finance, where I worked in a research position for three years.

While there, I contributed to policy areas including the National Electricity Market, electricity price regulation, state taxation and the 2007 ACCC petrol price enquiry.

During this time I came to appreciate the impact that policy decisions can have on people's lives. Understanding our economy, its strengths and its challenges, is fundamental to crafting the policies that can take our municipality forward while holding on to the qualities that make us feel fortunate to live here.

My interest in politics led me to my next position, where I worked as an advisor for the Tasmanian Treasurer.

Tasmania has the lowest workforce participation rate, some of the lowest education levels and has a higher dependence on welfare than any other state in Australia – these are the issues I am passionate about addressing here locally.

I was the CEO at TasICT, the peak body representing Tasmania’s information, communications and technology sector. I was - and continue to be - a passionate advocate for Tasmania’s digital potential as well as developing policies that can grow the ICT sector in the State.

More recently, I have held senior roles within the Tasmanian arms of iiNet, TPG and Optus Business.  These roles were almost exclusively devoted to assisting business and government to increase productivity and lower operating costs, skills that I always aim to bring to Council.

I have been a member of the Tasmanian Industry Group Board, a group that has been formed to lobby government on economic policy reform.

I was elected as a Kingborough Councillor in November 2014 for a four year term.  In that role, I advocated strongly against rate rises and instead submitted proposals for reducing operating costs and embracing full cost attribution.  In November 2018 I was elected as Mayor of Kingborough on a ‘back to basics platform’. As 33, I am the youngest Mayor in Kingborough’s 110 year history.