Fiona Simpson is the most senior and experienced woman in the LNP team. She has a reputation for hard work and diligent service to her electorate and the people of Queensland. Fiona has won eight elections and has campaigned extensively across the State to help other candidates rebuild the conservative team.
After the March 2012 win of the new Liberal National Party Government, Fiona was elected to the position of Speaker in the 54th Parliament of Queensland, making her the Parliament’s first female Speaker in its 150 years.
In 1992, Fiona won the newly created seat of Maroochydore at which time she was the youngest woman elected to the Queensland Parliament.
Since then she has served in shadow portfolios such as health, transport , main roads, tourism, women, communities and housing, and has post graduate management qualifications. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese language, Journalism and Government, she has a Masters in Organizational Leadership , a graduate diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken an executive leadership course with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Before entering parliament, she was an award-winning journalist (Dalgety’s Excellence in Rural Journalism Award).
Fiona was a key player in the formation of the LNP, a merger between the former National and Liberal Parties which she believed was important to restore conservative government in Queensland.
As then Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Opposition Leader, Fiona voluntarily relinquished these roles to the former Liberal leader to help facilitate the merger.
Fiona subscribes to the motto of service above self.