Gary Spence was the inaugural Vice-President of the Liberal National Party of Queensland before being elected in November 2015.
Previously Gary was Managing Director of international consulting engineering firm, Calibre Consulting, a firm he helped develop and grow to a point that it now employs over 650 staff in offices across Australia, New Zealand and in Asia.
Gary holds both a Master of Applied Law and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Officer Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers.
Gary’s strong personal belief in the need for the property development industry to embrace a practical green agenda has seen him dedicate a considerable amount of his working life to demonstrating the tangible benefits of such a goal to industry. This has resulted in Gary helping found the Australian Green Development Forum – an industry body set up to facilitate and encourage sustainable development.
Gary is a former Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and was the inaugural chairman of its Envirodevelopment Initiative. The Initiative provides developers with a rating tool which can be used to market their developments if they reach high environmental standards.
Gary is also a former board member of Brisbane CityWorks, the Brisbane City Council’s civil construction and maintenance division employing over 1100 staff across Brisbane.
Gary grew up in the regional Queensland towns of Ingham, Mackay, Townsville and Toowoomba and now lives in Brisbane with wife Sabrina.
Llew has spent the last 16 years serving the people of rural and regional Queensland as a police officer. He is currently the officer in charge of a small country police division.
Throughout his career, Llew has been a strong advocate of road safety and preventing domestic and family violence.
Llew’s work as a police officer has been officially recognised. In 2015, he was awarded the National Medal, National Police Medal and Queensland Police Service Medal for ethical and diligent service.
Llew has been a long term contributor to the LNP in a voluntary capacity. Before becoming the Vice President of the LNP, he held party executive positions at Branch, State Electorate Council, Federal Divisional Council, Region and State Executive levels.
Between 2010 and 2014 Llew was the LNP’s Wide Bay Regional Chairman. In this role he saw the region gain three seats at the 2012 State Election, to hold every state seat in the region.
Llew recognises the importance of being part of a team. In the 2013 federal election Llew managed the campaign for the Federal Division of Wide Bay at the Federal Election.
Contributing the election of a Coalition Government with Warren Truss as the Deputy Prime Minister is one of his most satisfying achievements in politics.
Llew is married to Sharon and they have three teenage children and he has a strong belief in family values.
Llew believes his participation and standing in the party is testament to the LNP’s commitment to be a political party for all Queenslanders.