About James Newbury

In a Snapshot


James Benjamin Kingsley Newbury.


45 years old.

Marital Status

Married to Suzanne.


Two young daughters.


James lives in the centre of the Brighton Electorate.


Three University Degrees. (Including a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in Business Law).

Prior experience

Worked in both the private sector and the public sector. (In the private sector, as a Group Company Secretary in the financial services industry. In the public sector, at the highest levels of State and Federal Government).

A Bit About James.

James Newbury was elected to the Victorian Parliament in November 2018. He is the fourteenth person elected to represent his community since the electorate of Brighton was first formed in 1856. The electorate is the only Liberal Party held seat to have existed continuously since 1856.

James was born in Melbourne and grew up in East Malvern. Growing up, James was very close to his paternal grandmother and he spent a lot of time with her at the family property on Phillip Island. His grandfather, Dr Charles Renton Newbury, was President of the World Dental Federation and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

During high school, James did bookwork for his father’s dental practice, where he learnt about the burden of over regulation and the challenges of running a small business.

James has completed three university degrees, including a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in Business Law. James met his wife, Suzanne, at Monash University.

After completing a Master of Business (Law), James began working for the Howard Government. When James and Suzanne married, they moved to Canberra to work at the highest levels of Federal Government. During his time working in Canberra, James had responsibility for advising many Senior Ministers and Party leaders.

After the election of the Abbott Government, James and Suzanne moved back to Brighton and started their own family, they now have two young daughters.

James worked as Senior Adviser to then Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, before moving into the private sector. James worked as a Group Company Secretary for Australian Retail Credit Association, the peak body for organisations involved in credit reporting.

In 2016, the long-serving Member for Brighton, Louise Asher, announced her intention to retire. At that time, James decided to put his hand up to represent his community and be a strong voice for them in Parliament.

James is a Shadow Cabinet Minister responsible for the Environment, Climate Change and Equality portfolios, in addition to being the Manager of Opposition Business.

That final role is responsible for co-ordinating the Coalition in Victoria’s lower house.

As your representative, James is committed to protecting Brighton’s unique character and standing up for his local community.

James' 2023 Year in Review