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- Former NSW Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Justice Minister
- Former NSW Shadow Minister for Transport and Tourism
- Served at the NSW Liberal Party State Executive for nearly three decades
- Former State Vice President of the NSW Liberal Party
- Founded PremierState in 2011
- Founded PremierNational in 2017
Michael Photios brings a wealth of experience in politics and business to his role of Chairman at PremierState and PremierNational.
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.
In opposition, Michael served in a 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 his own government advisory firm. In this capacity, he worked for more than a decade with a range of major private sector corporations and public sector agencies. Michael is a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Leader's Council.
Michael founded PremierState in 2011 with David Begg and Nick Campbell and went on to found its sister company, PremierNational in 2017.