Join us at our annual conference 2020 to hear Jess speak on our Diverse Voices panel.
Jess Price-Purnell is passionate about the environment and the role that should be played by government. As a member of the NSW Nationals and an experienced campaigner, she has a rare insight into why the climate message isn’t getting through on the more traditionally conservative side of politics in Australia.
After obtaining a degree in business from the University of New England, Jess spent some time working in business banking and regional development before starting her own public relations and marketing firm that specialised in helping regional businesses. Jess joined the National Party in 2011 and then went on to work in politics in a variety of roles, both in regional NSW and in ministerial offices. As both a volunteer and a paid staff member, Jess has worked on close to 10 individual campaigns across New South Wales and has seen first-hand how important messaging can be in winning, and losing, an argument.
Jess is the current chair of the NSW Nationals Women’s Council and a former chair of the NSW Young Nationals. Before becoming Chair of the Young Nationals, Jess ran as the Nationals candidate for the state seat of Cessnock at the 2015 New South Wales State Election. Jess was also a board member of the Coalition for Conservation.
In 2019 Jess was invited to take part in Al Gore’s Climate Reality training and since then has been a strong advocate within conservative circles for action on climate change.
Together with her husband Martin, Jess currently runs an economics and public policy consulting firm and studies law part time. They live with their two young boys in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.