Former New South Wales Transport and Roads Minister Bruce Baird had a long and distinguished political career at both State and Federal levels and has held senior roles within large corporations and government organisations.
He recently ended his term as Chairman of the Tourism & Transport Forum, a peak industry advocacy group, which represents the interests of leading organisations in Australia’s tourism, transport, and aviation sectors.
Mr Baird is also currently the Chairman of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Board, Member of the Cubic Transportation Systems Strategic Advisory Board, Director of the Sydney Theatre Company Advisory Board, and a Director of the Garvan Research Foundation Advisory Board. A former chair of the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council, in 2014 he became Patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre.
Born in Sydney, Mr Baird studied at the University of Sydney and got his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Melbourne. In the early years of his career, he was Assistant Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Bonn, Germany, and Trade Commissioner at the Australian Consulate-General in New York. He was also Government Affairs Manager for Esso Australia, and held other corporate roles at Qantas and Alcoa.
Mr Baird entered NSW Parliament in 1984, serving in various portfolios including Minister for Transport; Minister for the Sydney Olympic Bid and Minister for Roads; Minister for Tourism; and Minister Assisting the Premier on Treasury matters. He was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 1992 to 1994.
Mr Baird was a Federal Member of the Australian Parliament from 1998 to 2007, representing the Sydney seat of Cook. He was also Chairman of the Economic Committee.