Verity Firth

Executive Director Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney

Verity Firth has more than 15 years’ experience at the highest levels of government and the not for profit sector in Australia. Over the last 10 years, she has been working in the Australian education sector, first as Minister for Education and Training in NSW (2008-2011) and then as the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation.

As Minister for Education and Training she focused on equity in education, and how to best address educational disadvantage in low socio economic communities, including rural and remote indigenous communities. As NSW Minister for Women (2007-2009) Ms Firth implemented sector wide strategies to improve women’s recruitment, development and employment in the NSW public sector.

As Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation (2011-2014), Ms Firth led the Foundation's transformation from a fledgling organisation into a major provider of scholarships and support to public education.  She also helped the sector negotiate $5 million in seed funding for a new charity for disadvantaged schools.  

Ms Firth was the Member for the state seat of Balmain from 2007 - 2011. Before her parliamentary career, Ms Firth worked as a lawyer and was Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.