Natalie Bennett (born 10 February 1966) is a British politician and journalist who led the Green Party of England and Wales from September 2012 to September 2016. Born and raised in Australia, with a first degree in agricultural science, she began her career as a journalist with regional newspapers in New South Wales before leaving in 1995 for Thailand, where she worked for Australian Volunteers International and the Bangkok Post newspaper.
Since settling in Britain in 1999 she has contributed to the Guardian, Independent and Times newspapers. Her election as leader of the Greens came six years after she joined the party in January 2006. She is now the prospective Green Parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central. She lives in that Yorkshire city. She's passionate about the damage being done to young people by the education system, spends a lot of time highlighting the disastrous impact of privatisation on public services, and is seeking to get food security on the political agenda.