Ministers and Director-General
The Honourable Kate Jones MP is the Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
She is committed to helping the state’s tourism industry attract a greater share of visitors and delivering the best major events for the Queensland community.
Kate has served as Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, since the 16 February 2015, following the election of the Palaszczuk Government and was announced as Minister for the Commonwealth Games on 10 February 2017.
She also held the Commonwealth Games and Small Business portfolios in the Palaszczuk Government until 8 December 2015 and served as Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the Bligh Government.
Kate was elected to the seat of Ashgrove in 2015, having previously held the seat between 2006 and 2012.
Kate worked at a family-run grocery store and as an advisor in the Beattie Government before entering parliament.
She attended Kelvin Grove State High School and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism at the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Environmental Law at Australian National University.
Kate lives in Ashgrove with her husband, Paul, and their two children.
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP is the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
As the first member of her family to graduate from university, Minister Leeanne Enoch developed a life-long commitment to education early in her life.
She spent more than a decade as a high school teacher, working in a number of schools in South-East Queensland and in East London, where her passion for community development and social justice grew stronger.
After leaving teaching, Minister Enoch held senior roles in local and state government leading the development and implementation of policies to support some of Queensland’s most at-risk families.
Minister Enoch worked for the Australian Red Cross for almost seven years in leadership roles at the state and national level guiding humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable.
She is a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island. She has two teenage sons.
When Minister Enoch won the seat of Algester in the 2015 Election, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Queensland Parliament.
As a Member of the Queensland Cabinet, Minister Enoch previously held portfolio responsibility for Housing and Public Works, Science and Innovation. Minister Enoch is currently the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.
Director-General Damien Walker
Before joining the department in February 2016, Damien was Deputy Director-General (DDG) role within the Department of Housing and Public Works. Damien has been a DDG within the Queensland Government for over 5 years, holding this position in the former Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, and has been Queensland’s Deputy Coordinator General.
Before leaving Adelaide to live in Queensland, Damien held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation. Just prior to his move, Damien led the delivery of major health infrastructure, including the $2 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital; the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute; and the Glenside Campus Redevelopment.
Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning, and has broad experience, particularly in the economic development and strategic planning arena.