Bridget Vallence was elected as a Member of the Victorian Parliament on 24 November 2018 to represent the Evelyn District, and upon being sworn in to Parliament was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary and Shadow Assistant Minister for Industry.
In March 2020 Bridget was promoted to the role of Shadow Minister for Environment & Climate Change and Shadow Minister for Youth on the Victorian Liberal Nationals front bench, portfolios that Bridget believes are critical to our community and future prosperity.
Bridget serves on the Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC), which examines expenditure of public money to improve outcomes for the Victorian community. Bridget is also a Board Member of VicHealth, a statutory foundation that promotes health and disease prevention.
Bridget is passionate about helping people, volunteer groups and businesses in her local community to thrive. Bridget lives in the Yarra Valley with her husband and two sons and is actively involved in her community, including at several local sporting clubs and her son’s primary school. Bridget is an associate member of the Lilydale RSL, a patron at Seville Community House, and a Director of Mont De Lancey Historical Museum in Wandin.
Prior to entering Parliament, Bridget worked for 16 years in the automotive industry as a procurement executive in both the manufacturing and retail sectors in Australian, Asian and global markets, and is also experienced with organisational change and business transformation projects.
Bridget holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. In 2016, Bridget was an inaugural fellow of the Melbourne School of Government Pathway to Politics Program for Women. Bridget is a Trustee of the Alfred Deakin Lecture Trust.