Gerard was born and raised on a property outside Chinchilla, on the Darling Downs. He has a deep appreciation of the land, its people and the challenges they face. He completed his education in Toowoomba, before moving to Brisbane where he completed a Commerce degree at the University of Queensland. He also has a Masters degree in Taxation Law. Gerard has extensive experience in senior finance roles across a range of industries, business types and countries. His experience gives him a strong understanding of the economy and how it affects employers and employees. He understands the importance of reward for effort and will strive to ensure that small to medium businesses are given every chance to succeed. He understands in the importance of effective economic management, property rights and a strong legal system, and is passionate about land management and ensuring the effective delivery of infrastructure. Gerard wants to ensure that the next generation have better opportunities and living standards than we have enjoyed.