David Southwick was elected as the Member for Caulfield in the Victorian Parliament in November 2010 and was re-elected on 29th November 2014. In April 2013 David was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services. He worked in this role as part of the Liberal/National Coalition until the change of government in November 2014.
In December 2014, David was appointed into the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources and Shadow Minister for Renewables. David has served as one of Parliament’s representatives on the board of the Victorian Responsible Gaming Foundation (VRGF) and is a former Chair of the Parliament of Victoria’s Education and Training Committee.
David has an extensive background in innovation, entrepreneurship and small business. Prior to entering Parliament he established a number of businesses in the manufacturing and service sectors. He also spent a number of years in academia, including serving as RMIT’s first Entrepreneur in Residence and as Head of the Executive Education Unit (Faculty of Business and Law) at Victoria University.
David holds a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University. In 1991 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his service on the Victoria University Council. David continues in his commitment to young people and various local charities. In recognition of his work assisting local youth, David was awarded the City of Stonnington’s Citizen of the Year in 2009.
As the Member for Caulfield, David has supported local initiatives including a charity fundraising run at Caulfield Racecourse. As the Chair of the Social Inclusion Leadership Committee (SILC) he seeks to promote the inclusion of people with disability in employment and community life in Victoria.
David Southwick MP, Shadow Minister for Energy & Resources, Parliament of Victoria, joins the panel discussion on the correlation between mining and infrastructure; how the Belt and Road Initiative aligns with mining growth, within the People, Projects & Infrastructure Initiatives conference at IMARC. Download the programme now.