Bruce Baird comes with a background in business, politics and tourism. He worked for an airline and a mining company before joining the Australian Trade Commission Service in 1973. He was posted as Trade Commissioner in Germany (1973) and then New York (1976). He subsequently won the NSW state seat of Northcott in 1984 and was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance and Aboriginal Affairs. When the Coalition won Government in 1988, Bruce was appointed Minister for Transport and Roads and in 1990 was given the added responsibility of Minister for Sydney's Olympic Bid and in 1993 Minister for Tourism. In 1995 he retired from politics and became CEO of Tourism Council of Australia. In 1998 he won the seat of Cook in the Federal Parliament and was the Chairman of several committees including the House Economics Committee. On leaving Parliament in 2007 he became Chair of several committees including the Tourism and Transport Forum and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. He is now the Chair of Business Events Sydney and is a member of the Opera House Trust. Bruce has a BA from Sydney University, an MBA from Melbourne University and honorary doctorates from UTS and University of Newcastle. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007.