Born and raised in Launceston, Wendy and her family enjoy the benefits of life in Tasmania. Wendy married John Askew in Launceston in 2018 and together they enjoy being part of this community. Wendy’s two adult children also serve the Tasmanian community - one as a schoolteacher, and the other with Tasmania Police.
Wendy is a proud Tasmanian who loves being involved in community activities. She has been a Rotarian for more than 12 years, is a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow, and remains a passionate and active member of her Club.
Wendy has represented Tasmania in the Senate since March 2019, when she filled the casual vacancy created by the resignation of David Bushby. As a Senator, Wendy was appointed Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee and Deputy Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee. She is also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the Parliamentary Library and a member of the Joint Standing Committees on Electoral Matters and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Prior to being appointed to the Senate, Wendy was an Adviser to the Hon. Dan Tehan MP in his various portfolios as Minister for Veteran Affairs, Minister for Social Services, and Minister for Education. Wendy also worked with former Federal Members for Bass, Michael Ferguson and Andrew Nikolic, and played a key role in each of their election campaigns.
Outside Parliament, Wendy had an extensive and successful career in banking, in a range of senior management positions, and supported St Giles Society as General Manager, assisting children and adults with disabilities across Tasmania. Wendy holds a Diploma in Business Management and a Diploma in Business Management (Human Relations) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wendy has a keen desire to see all Tasmanians realise their maximum potential through policies that support them to achieve their goals, with a hand up rather than a hand out. Wendy understands that small businesses need to be able to make decisions in their best interests rather than worry about red tape restricting them. Wendy is working to keep our economy strong and vibrant because that is what allows us to deliver the essential services Tasmania needs.