Fiona Simpson has a reputation for hard work and diligent service to her electorate and the people of Queensland.
Elected in 1992 as the Member for Maroochydore, she has served in shadow portfolios such as Health, Transport, Main Roads, Tourism, Women, Communities, Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs.
After the March 2012 win of the Liberal National Party Government, Fiona was elected to the position of Speaker, making her the Queensland Parliament’s first female Speaker in its 150 years.
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese language, Journalism and Government, she has post graduate management qualifications including a Masters in Organizational Leadership , she is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken an executive leadership course with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Fiona was a key player in the formation of the LNP, a merger between the former National and Liberal Parties which she believed was important to restore conservative government in Queensland. As then Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Opposition Leader, Fiona voluntarily relinquished these roles to the former Liberal leader to help facilitate the merger.
Before entering parliament, she was an award-winning journalist (Dalgety’s Excellence in Rural Journalism Award). In
2013 she was honoured to be included in the Queensland Young Women's Christian Association's list of 125 Leading Women.
Fiona subscribes to the motto of service above self.