Member for Barwon
Kevin Humphries is a community man, passionate about Barwon and its people. A former school principal and director of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Kevin has clocked up countless thousands of kilometres servicing his remote electorate.
Kevin grew up in north-western NSW, where he and his wife Linda have raised three children. After leaving school he completed a Bachelor of Education externally through the University of New England followed by postgraduate studies and in 1981 started what was to become a 20-year career in teaching and administration. His teaching career culminated with his role as principal of St Philomena's in Moree.
After 20 years in education Kevin embarked on a career change, setting up a management consultancy company which allowed him to gain expertise in a number of fields, including the cotton industry, the aged care and retirement sector and in regional development.
This also highlighted to Kevin the many uphill battles and issues faced by regional NSW and he soon discovered a taste for politics.
Kevin joined The Nationals in 2002 and continued his community work before being elected as Member for Barwon at the State Election in March 2007.
Barwon covers 45 per cent of NSW, spanning from the Queensland border south to Lake Cargelligo and from Boggabri in the east, west to the South Australian border. Kevin certainly spends a lot of time on the road visiting Barwon towns and constituents – and he insists he wouldn't have it any other way.
Kevin was previously the Shadow Minister for Preventative Health, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Sports and Recreation as well as Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Shadow Minister for Western NSW.
Since The Nationals came into government in 2011, Kevin has served as Minister in a number of portfolios, including Natural Resources, Lands, Water, Mental Health, Western NSW and Minister for Healthy Lifestyles.