Fern has held positions in senior management in NSW in both university and public sectors. She has extensive experience in HR and Finance management, Administration and Strategic Planning. She has held positions on a number of Boards including the Bord of Governors at the University of New England, the Children’s Cochlear Implant Centre Foundation and the Australian Cord Blood bank Foundation. In her working career she was the Director of Administration and Finance for the NSW’s Department of Women and then went on to chair the Premier’s Council for Women. Before retiring she worked as a Family Counsellor for the Motor Neurone Association of NSW and then managed the Client Support portfolio for MS Australia. She is a carer for her husband who had a significant heart attack in 2017 resulting in a triple bypass. He has recovered and able to return to a normal active lifestyle. However, they are conscious of the need to monitor his health and are very diligent regarding his ongoing care. Fern has been extensively involved in many community support projects locally, nationally, and internationally. Fern lives with her husband in Oxenford in Queensland.