Hollie Hughes is a long-time resident and community advocate for regional NSW having spent most of the past twenty years living in the country. Until recently, Hollie and her family have been living and working in Moree, in far North West NSW. Hollie understands first-hand the impact of drought, limited social and health services and the needs of our regional communities.

Hollie first moved to the country more than two decades ago to study at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Majoring in Broadcast Journalism and later completing a Masters of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University, Hollie embarked on a successful career in communications, Government affairs and consultancy. For the past two years she has worked as the Head of Government for Executive Search firm Salt & Shein.

Throughout her career, Hollie has worked to create better outcomes for her clients. With her husband, Stewart, together they ran Hughes Ag, with Hollie engaged directly with the challenges of droughts, floods and family life as well as running a small business. This year Hollie’s family relocated to Sydney to be closer to family suffering from ill health.

Hollie and Stewart have three children. In 2012, Hollie’s son was diagnosed with autism.

Since his diagnosis, Hollie has been a passionate advocate to promote better awareness of disabilities. Her role as Founder and Chair of the Country Autism Network has equipped her with the determination to make a difference for battling families in regional communities across our nation.

Hollie is also a Non-Executive Director of StreetWork, an organisation that works with at-risk youth. Getting teenagers the support they need, be it accommodation, therapy for drug and alcohol addiction or removed from family violence, StreetWork provides one on one mentoring to get kids back to school or work and into safe environments, turning young lives around.

Hollie’s political work has been a constant driving force in her leadership and advocacy roles. After joining the Liberal Party in 2002, Hollie has been an active and passionate advocate for the party. Hollie embraces the Party’s values and membership and believes it is time for a strong regional advocate to deliver for the State and the nation.