Over 25 years as a senior State Government minister, public relations company director and leading national journalist, Scott has developed an unrivalled expertise in communication and policy strategy, advocacy and crisis management.
As a senior minister in the Queensland Government from 2009 to 2012, Scott oversaw the key infrastructure portfolio of Transport and Main Roads. He also held the key economics portfolio of Treasury in the State Opposition and the role of campaign spokesperson.
Prior to politics, Scott was a media company director executing communications and publicity strategy for client companies. His crisis management plans included interview preparations for CEOs and senior management.
Scott began his career as a cadet journalist with ABC news and left as a Senior Reporter with the leading current affairs programs AM, PM and The World Today in both Brisbane and Sydney. Scott then joined The Australian where he was Queensland Bureau Chief and State Political Editor as well as National Chief of Staff during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He headed the coverage of CHOGM.
Scott is a Churchill Fellow, undertaking research at Harvard and Washington into emerging campaigning and communication techniques. He holds degrees in Economics and the Arts with Laws and Journalism majors from the University of Queensland.
Described in the media as an avid adventurer, Scott has trekked and climbed across the world including the Kokoda Track in PNG, Thorong-La Pass in the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro in Africa, and the Milford Track in New Zealand. He has also abseiled Brisbane’s 135m Blue Tower and swung off the Story Bridge for charity. Scott has a keen interest in fitness and enjoys reading with a specific focus on Roman history.