Vince Connelly believes in the importance of family, hard work and community service.
Vince began his career in the Australian Army where he met his wife, Peta, who served in the Intelligence Corps. He served as an Officer in several peacekeeping operations including as a Platoon Commander (Lieutenant) in East Timor and as a Company Second-in-Command (Captain) in Solomon Islands.
Vince took part in several military exchange programs including with the United States Marine Corps, the Singapore Armed Forces and the Malaysian Armed Forces.
Vince completed the physical selection course for the SASR in 2010 in the same intake as Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, but ultimately was not selected for continuation training. Vince and Andrew Hastie were both featured in the SBS Documentary SAS – The Search For Warriors as "Candidate 8" and "Candidate 10" respectively.
Each of the candidates for this gruelling selection process are given a 'withdrawal at own request' form to exit the program at a time of their choosing, and the form is carried in their pocket during training. Vince proudly displays his unsigned form in a frame hanging in his office in the Australian Parliament, signifying his unwillingness to quit the course and his commitment to see it through.
Vince received a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature from the Australian Defence Force Academy and completed officer training, graduating with a Diploma of Personnel Management (General Service Officer) from the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
During his time in the corporate sector, Vince continued serving in the Army Reserve, where he was promoted to Major and his final posting was to the SAS Regiment at Campbell Barracks, WA.
Vince has extensive experience with WA’s mining, oil and gas industries, including roles in emergency and crisis management.
Vince worked for organisations such as Kepner-Tregoe, Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Dynamiq and Deloitte Australia. Before being elected to Parliament, Vince worked in risk and crisis management for Woodside Petroleum.
Vince understands public service, having managed the risk program at the City of Swan and been a staff member for Julie Bishop, who he considers a role model.
Vince also joined several local organisations and charities, including the Veterans Advisory Council WA, the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club, Legacy WA, and as a board member for the Veterans Recovery & Restoration Centre. Vince has also volunteered as President of the Stirling Progress Association.
Vince and his wife Peta live in Scarborough with their three teenage children, who are active volunteers as surf life savers. They understand both the opportunities and the pressures facing local families.
Vince will continue to draw on all his energy and experience to deliver for Stirling.