Michael Photios – Chairman
Michael Photios brings a wealth of experience in politics and business to his role of Chairman at PremierState.
First elected to the NSW Parliament in 1988, Michael Photios went on to serve in the NSW Parliament for over a decade. As Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Justice Minister, Michael was the then youngest ever Cabinet Minister in Australia. Prior to this, Michael served as Chairman of the NSW Government Environment Committee, and the powerful Public Accounts Committee.
In opposition, Michael served in the senior Cabinet portfolio. As Shadow Minister for Transport, he played a key role in advising and scrutinising rail reform across NSW, and keenly promoted the role of PPPs in service delivery. As one of the first advocates of an integrated transport management system in NSW, Michael was instrumental in ensuring its inclusion into the Coalition’s policy platform and current reform agenda.
As Shadow Minister for Tourism, Michael was arguably the most vocal partner for the NSW tourism industry. Amongst other achievements, he was mastermind of the successful sleep-out in Parliament, protesting against a proposed NSW bed tax.
After retiring from Parliament in 1999, Michael established the government advisory firm MP Consulting. In this capacity, he worked for more than a decade with a range of major private sector corporations and public sector agencies. A regular presenter on ABC TV’s “Newsmakers”, Michael continues to contribute to the national conversation surrounding public policy settings and issues.
Along with his contemporary and extensive government networks, Michael brings his public policy, advocacy and commercial experience to PremierState.