A highly effective and innovative educational leader, new Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes is ready to take on his new role with gusto.
With the WAEC having declared the result, Matthew Hughes defeated outgoing Liberal MLA John Day by securing 52.5 per cent of the two party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 12.7 per cent to WA Labor.
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Born in the United Kingdom, Mr Hughes has lived in Australia since 1979, including the past 14 years in the Kalamunda electorate and previously in Guildford.
Mr Hughes has taught at several schools in the UK and Western Australia, including locally at the Foothills School in Guildford and as the John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School principal, a role he took up in 1996 after the retirement of the founding principal.
He is no stranger to politics having worked as a government liaison officer and senior policy officer for former Mines and Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill from 1991 to 1993.
Mr Hughes, a strong advocate for social justice, said he was familiar with the issues facing the eastern metropolitan region and appreciated the diverse communities that made up the electorate. He served on the executive of the Association of Independent Schools of WA between 1986 and 1988 and has been both the president and vice-president of the Guildford Association.
In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the WA Branch of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and received a national award for excellence in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the provision of music education in Australian schools.
In 2014, he was made a National Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders for his services, contribution and work at a national level.
Mr Hughes has six adult children with his wife Christine and are grandparents to eight grandchildren
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