Kevin Bailey AM is the Victorian State Director of the Australian Conservatives Political Party.
In March 2018 he stood for the Australian Conservatives in the Federal seat of Batman and with preferences was able to successfully block the Greens from taking a second seat in the House of Representatives.
Prior to this, he was a business leader with 30 years experience in the Financial Services sector. He merged his successful business, The Money Managers Limited with fourteen other businesses to form Shadforth Financial Group, which listed on the ASX and was acquired by IOOF Limited in 2014.
Kevin is now heavily involved in faith development and the philanthropic sector. He was appointed to the Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership to advise the Australian Government on Philanthropy and Volunteerism prior to taking up his role with Australian Conservatives. Kevin was a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 1999 and received the Community Leadership Award in 2006. He established the first Timorese diplomatic post at their independence in 2002 and was Consul General for East Timor in Melbourne until 2013. He has recently stepped down as a director of the $16 Billion Timorese Sovereign Wealth Fund. He was a director of the g7+ Foundation that assists post-conflict states with governance and financial management.
Kevin was a foundation member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) in 1991 and served as a director for over six years; receiving a Distinguished Service Award and he was made a Fellow of the FPA in 2005. He was awarded Australian Financial Planner of the Year in 1997. Kevin presented on Finance and Investment for over a decade on 774 ABC Radio and 3AW Finance talkback as well as writing a column for the Herald Sun. He has written two books on Finance and Investment.
Prior to this, he had a military career from 1977 until 1985, during which he served with the Australian Special Forces in the SAS Regiment between 1981 and 1985 and was awarded the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian Service Medal with Counter Terrorism Clasp.
He now runs a private charitable foundation and is also chair of the William Wilberforce Foundation. He is a director of ASX listed company Po Valley Energy. His other directorships have included: Parousia Media (a Catholic resource organisation), Halftime Australia, Alpha Australia, Empart Inc. (formerly Compassion for India), Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, Outward Looking Leadership Capacity Program, ActionAid Australia and Marriage Education Program. He is also an Opportunity International Council member and ambassador for the Future 2 Foundation. He was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in 2017.
Australia Day Honours for significant service to Australia-Timor Leste relations, to philanthropic organisations, to the financial planning sector, and to the community.
He lives with his wife, Grace and they have seven children aged 11 to 29 years.