Jodi McKay

Member for Strathfield
Leader of the Opposition

Member of the Legislative Assembly
Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism
Member of the Australian Labor Party

Jodi McKay is the NSW Member for Strathfield, Shadow Minister for Transport, and Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. Jodi began her career as a journalist. She has also held several executive and non-executive roles in leading non-for-profit health, science and research organisations.

Jodi was first elected to the NSW Parliament in 2007 and held eight Ministerial portfolios, including Tourism, Small Business, Women, Science and Medical Research, Commerce and Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer).

As the Member for Strathfield, Jodi represents a significant Indian Australian community. Jodi is passionate about the relationship between India and Australia and is a strong advocate for the opportunities it brings. Jodi has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Sydney.

Hon Scott Farlow



Member of the Liberal Party
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (Leader of the House) in the Legislative Counci

Scott Farlow was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2015 and serves as the Leader of the House in the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. He was born and bred in Sydney’s Inner West, being educated at Homebush Public School. and Sydney Technical High School. Scott became the first person from his family to attend University;he holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Following a great love and interest in Liberal politics, Scott joined the Sydney University Liberal Club on his first day of University and the Liberal Party soon after.

As the Member for Strathfield, Jodi represents a significant Indian Australian community. Jodi is passionate about the relationship between India and Australia and is a strong advocate for the opportunities it brings. Jodi has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Sydney. Scott also serves as the Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Mental Health which actively promotes work being conducted in the Mental Health arena. Scott lives inWest Pymble and is married to wife Penny with two young children, Christian 4, and Colette 2.

Mittu Gopalan

Principal and owner of Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors
Lawyers Weekly Commercial Partner of the Year 2016

Mittu Gopalan is a practicing solicitor, with over 20 years of experience in the legal profession. Mittu is the Principal and owner of Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors, a legal firm located in Sydney CBD. The firm prides itself in engaging its multicultural team to provide legal services to the community in a caring and respectful manner, with its mission and motive being “People Over Profits”.

Mittu Gopalan is a practicing solicitor, with over 20 years of experience in the legal profession. Mittu is the Principal and owner of Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors, a legal firm located in Sydney CBD. The firm prides itself in engaging its multicultural team to provide legal services to the community in a caring and respectful manner, with its mission and motive being “People Over Profits”.

Mittu has developed expertise in the areas of: Family Law; Family Provisions Claims; Commercial Law; Deceased Estate Claims; Wills; Debt Recovery; and Personal Injury Claims. With considerable experience and a pragmatic mindset, Mittu brings her skills, experience and her empathetic nature to develop a range of options in assisting clients during their most vulnerable times. Mittu’s aim is to always resolve issues in the most cost-efficient manner, and within a limited time.

Mittu’s drive and determination has culminated in significant success, with her and her firm being finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year in 2015, Lawyers Weekly Commercial Partner of the Year Awards in 2016. Having completed her Bachelor of Law Degree from University of Sydney and is on the advisory board for various organisations in Sydney.

Simon Taufel

Former Member ICC Elite Umpire Panel and ICC Umpires Performance and Training Manager

Simon Taufel, is an Australian cricket umpire who is a former member of the ICC Elite umpires panel. He won a record five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards between 2004 and 2008, and is generally considered to be one of the best umpires in the world. He officiated in 74 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals between 1999 and 2012. Despite initially having no intention of becoming an umpire, he agreed to go along with a friend to an umpiring course. After he passed the subsequent exam he began umpiring grade cricket. He quickly progressed through the ranks and made his first-class debut in 1995, aged just 24. He then went on to umpire his first Test at the age of 29

Taufel is the youngest person to have received the ICC’s Bronze Bails Award for umpiring 100 ODIs. He is a much sought after corporate trainer and has conducted programs on leadership, conflict management and resolution, goal setting and continuous improvement and personal development. Taufel, who has been voted the world’s best umpire, will share some great moments in Cricket and will speak about the disciplines that apply to both business and sports world to stay competitive and keep winning.

Philip Heads

Communication &Government Relations at Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust

General Manager – Media

Phil Heads started with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust in April 2014 after a two-decade career in newspapers. He was most recently the Director of Sport at News Corp NSW, with posts as a sports editor and assistant editor of The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs.

Phil Heads started with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust in April 2014 after a two-decade career in newspapers. He was most recently the Director of Sport at News Corp NSW, with posts as a sports editor and assistant editor of The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs.

Phil Heads started with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust in April 2014 after a two-decade career in newspapers. He was most recently the Director of Sport at News Corp NSW, with posts as a sports editor and assistant editor of The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs.

Prior to that, he worked for The Australian and a series of regional newspapers, including Tamworth’s Northern Daily Leader. He has had a long association with the Trust first as a fan and member and then as a sportswriter. One of his first jobs in journalism was to cover the Sydney Swans run to the 1996 AFL Grand Final as the second AFL writer for the Sun-Herald.

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