Councillor Gillies has lived in Blacktown City for the past 40 years and was elected to Council in 2017. Councillor Gillies has a background in senior management and advocacy in the private and public sectors and has worked in the printing and entertainment industries, the NSW Health sector and in employer and employee organisations.
Roles include being a member of the Printing and Kindred Industries Union Executive, a Federal Industrial Relations Advocate, a HR/Risk/Organisation Consultant, Director of Human Resources and Risk and Director of Workforce for Western Sydney Area Health Service. The last 2 roles being part of the management team responsible for the public hospitals and related health services in Auburn, Westmead, Cumberland, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Nepean, Blue Mountains and Lithgow. He was also responsible for mental health, multicultural health and drug and alcohol services.
For the past 40 years, Councillor Gillies has been actively involved with and served on executive committees for local sporting clubs, including rugby, rugby league and little athletics.
His focus is on advocating for subsidised rates for pensioners, ensuring Council maintains ownership and management of its childcare centres, local sporting facilities and parks and bushland areas and sustainable development.