Kevin Humphries

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The Honourable
Kevin Humphries
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Barwon
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded by Ian Slack-Smith
Majority 31.9%
Minister for Healthy Lifestyles and Mental Health
In office
4 April 2011 – 23 April 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Preceded by Barbara Perry
Succeeded by Jai Rowell
Minister for Western New South Wales
Assumed office
4 April 2011
Premier Barry O'Farrell; Mike Baird
Preceded by New position
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water
Assumed office
23 April 2014
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Anthony Roberts
Personal details
Born Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
Political party National Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Linda Humphries[1]
Children Nick, Alex and Georgina[1]
Occupation Teacher

Kevin John Humphries, an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Barwon for the Nationals since 24 March 2007. He was the Minister for Healthy Lifestyles and Mental Health between 2011 and 2014;[2] and the Minister for Western New South Wales in the O'Farrell government since April 2011. In April 2014, he was appointed as Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water during the Cabinet reshuffle under Premier Mike Baird.[3]

Early years and background[edit]

Kevin Humphries is the son of Eileen and Frank Humphries who were married in Tamworth in 1958. He grew in Tamworth and attended St Edward's Primary School which was run at the time by the Sisters of St Joseph. He would on to complete his secondary education at the Christian Brothers College.[4]

Kevin Humphries obtained a scholarship to study at the Catholic Teachers College in Strathfield. He then went to complete a Bachelor of Education externally through University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. He obtained a Graduate Diploma of Religious Studies (Grad Dip RE) through the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane.

His first teaching position was in 1981 at St Patricks Primary School in Walcha. It was in Walcha that he met is wife and where they were in 1985. They moved to Tamworth and he taught secondary school at Rosary College for four years. He then went on to become the Principal at Sacred Heart School at Boggabri, principal at Sacred Heart School at Geeveston in Tasmania and finally as principal at St Philomena's School in Moree in 1995.[4]

It was in Moree in 1995 that Kevin Humphries first became a director of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy. In 2001 he left the school system and began a management consultancy company. His company specialised in worked in the cotton industry, aged care and the retirement sector. In 2002 he became chair of the New England and North West Area Consultative Committee which was a Federal Regional Partnerships Program set up by the Australian Government.[4]

Political career[edit]

Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[5] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[3] in April 2014 Humrphries was promoted as Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water and retained the portfolio as Minister for Western New South Wales in the Baird ministry.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Humprhies is married to Linda and has two sons and a daughter.


  1. ^ a b "Kevin Humphries Member for Barwon". Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  2. ^ Humphries, Kevin. "New policy in the area of mental health". YouTube (streaming video). Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Inaugural Speech of the Member for Barwon
  5. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Ian Slack-Smith
Member for Barwon
Political offices
New title Minister for Western New South Wales
2011 – present
Preceded by
Barbara Perry
as Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health)
Minister for Healthy Lifestyles and Mental Health
2011 – 2014
Succeeded by
Jai Rowell
as Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health
Preceded by
Anthony Roberts
as Minister for Resources and Energy
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water
2014 – present