Verity Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice leading the newly established Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently spearheading the University’s Social Impact Framework, a first of its kind in the Australian university sector.
Ms Firth has over fifteen years of experience at the very highest levels of government and the not for profit sector in Australia. She served as Minister for Education and Training in New South Wales (2008-2011), focusing on equity in education and how to best address educational disadvantage in low socio economic, rural and remote indigenous communities.
Following that she was the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation. Verity was previously NSW Minister for Women (2007-2009) and Member for the state seat of Balmain from 2007 - 2011.
Before her parliamentary career, Ms Firth worked as a lawyer and was Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.