Les was born and raised in Townsville and has 16 years’ experience as a City Councillor.
Before joining the council, one of Les’ first jobs was as an apprentice plumber on the Burdekin Dam Project - the largest dam in Queensland. He also worked at Townsville Correctional Centre for five years with adult offenders and for eighteen years at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre managing young offenders.
Les has a strong track record of leadership and delivering for his community. He has been a member of the Labor party and his union for decades.
Les and his wife have also owned and operated several small businesses in Townsville and are the proud parents of two adult children.
Les is a member of the North Queensland Sports Foundation, has been a past champion in the sport of cycling and has played football (soccer) as well.
As a football fan, Les would like to see an A-League team based in Townsville and competing in the Football Federation Australia competition and is passionate about attracting National and International calibre sporting teams to be based in our region.
He loves the Townsville lifestyle and enjoys the great outdoors, fishing, boating and camping with family and friends. Les believes that Townsville’s great lifestyle must be protected for future generations.