I was born in the Yarra Junction Bush Nursing Hospital, and raised in a large family in Gladysdale. My parents, Niall and Elaine Brennan, were noted community leaders, philanthropists and academics. I initially trained in Early Childhood, then spent some years overseas, including London where I worked at the BBC.
I worked as a community development worker at Women’s Health East, then as CEO of the Upper Yarra Community House since 1992. Under my leadership, UYCH has become one of biggest service providers in the region and one of the largest employers, as well as a multi million-dollar business. The organization is a not for profit community based provider of a range of children’s services, adult education and training, and a major provider of alternative education programs for young people.
I have tertiary qualifications in community development and education, including a Master of Education from Monash University. I have significant and longstanding experience in working with government at all levels, and creating and maintaining locally based services and community engagement. I currently maintain a large and diverse range of business and community networks.
Through my work I have seen firsthand the challenges facing young people, families, older Australians and people working in changing industries.
I know that in the district of Eildon we want to keep working for better schools for our kids, jobs brought to the region, better education and training services to keep people in the workforce, improved access to health services, transport and childcare, and a plan for better infrastructure and land management.
I believe we need a strong voice in parliament and I want to be that voice for the people of Eildon.