Ministers and Director-General
The Honourable Kate Jones MP is the Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
Kate served as Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events since 16 February 2015, following the election of the Palaszczuk Government and was announced as Minister for the Commonwealth Games on 10 February 2017.
She held the Commonwealth Games and Small Business portfolios in the Palaszczuk Government until 8 December 2015 and served as Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the Bligh Government.
Kate was elected to the seat of Ashgrove in 2015, having previously held the seat between 2006 and 2012.
Kate worked at a family-run grocery store and as an advisor in the Beattie Government before entering parliament.
She attended Kelvin Grove State High School and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism at the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Environmental Law at Australian National University.
Kate lives in Ashgrove with her husband, Paul, and their two children.
Ms Meaghan Scanlon MP is the Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development
Having grown up in one of Queensland’s major tourist destinations, the Gold Coast, Meaghan is committed to ensuring the continued growth and success of Queensland’s tourism industry.
Meaghan is the Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, following the re-election of the Palaszczuk Government.
Meaghan was elected to the seat of Gaven on the Gold Coast on 25 November 2017.
Prior to being elected, Meaghan worked as a solicitor and advisor to a federal Labor Senator.
She attended Guardian Angels Primary School and Aquinas College.
Meaghan completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GradDipLegPrac) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Director-General Damien Walker
Damien was announced as the Director-General of the newly formed Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games in December 2017.
Previously he was the Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB).
Damien has also been a Deputy Director-General (DDG) in DTESB and the Department of Housing and Public Works and was Queensland’s Deputy Coordinator-General.
Before leaving Adelaide to live in Queensland, Damien held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation. Just prior to his move, Damien led the delivery of major health infrastructure, including the $2 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital; the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute; and the Glenside Campus Redevelopment.
Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning, and has broad experience, particularly in the economic development and strategic planning arena.