The Hon. Mike Baird MP, NSW Premier
The Australian British Chamber was proud to present The Hon Mike Baird MP on the 15th of July 2015 at the Ivy, with over 350 members and guests in attendance.
With the “Poles and Wires” legislation having passed both houses and on its way into legislation, the funds for the Premier’s ambitious infrastructure program are now clearly on the horizon.
The shopping list of projects was incredible, including Northconnex, Westconnex, a second harbour rail crossing, a western harbour crossing, new arts, sporting and other facilities, indeed development plans the likes of which have probably not been seen since the great John Bradfield.
This is your opportunity to hear how the plan is coming together and the next steps in the plan to build NSW productivity, competitiveness and continue with the Premier’s plan to ensure NSW continues to be the best economy in Australia.
Thank you to our Sponsor HSBC Australia
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The Hon. Mike Baird MP
Mike Baird was elected Leader of the NSW Liberal Party at a party-room meeting on Thursday 17 April, 2014, and later that day was sworn in as the state’s 44th Premier by the Governor, Professor Marie Bashir.
Mike is also the Minister for Western Sydney and the Minister for Infrastructure.
Mike has represented Manly in the NSW Parliament since 2007. Following the election of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government on 26 March 2011, Mike Baird was appointed Treasurer of NSW and in September 2012, he gained the Industrial Relations portfolio.
Prior to his election to Parliament, Mike was Head of Institutional Banking for HSBC in Australia and New Zealand.
Mike was elected to Parliament after an 18-year banking career incorporating corporate banking, securitisation, debt capital markets and project finance in Australia, London and Hong Kong.
Under Mike’s direction as Treasurer, NSW moved from being the economic laggard of the nation to the leading state economy on the measures of economic and jobs growth.
As a result of his expense control and balance sheet management, expenses have now come in under budget for three consecutive years and NSW has retained its AAA credit rating, while every other state, apart from Victoria, has suffered a downgrade.
Career highlights include managing a number of successful asset transactions including the long-term Sydney desalination plant, Port Botany and Port Kembla, and the Port of Newcastle
Mike completed his studies at the University of Sydney, where he majored in Economics, and completed a year of study at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, a highly regarded graduate school of Christian studies.
Mike is married to Kerryn and they have three children.
Mike is a keen surfer and is passionate about sports.