Born and raised in Wellington Shire, after 14 years in Melbourne studying and working, Scott returned with wife Caroline and their three children in 1995 to purchase the family business, Gippsland Funeral Services.
Scott has extensive business experience, having successfully run his own businesses for more than 40 years as well as accounting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick. He has a range of quite diverse qualifications including Master of e-Business, Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma in Civil Ceremonies, and is also an A Grade Electrician and Civil Celebrant.
He has provided service on several boards, including Advance TAFE (past Chair), The Australian Funeral Directors Association, Sale Bowls Club(past Treasurer), Tanderra Ski Club Mt Hotham (past President), Gippsland Grammar School and 3PBS Broadcasting.
Scott continues to be involved and have membership in many community groups including the Committee for Wellington (past Chair) and the Sale Turf Club Foundation (Board Member).
Scott was elected to Council in 2008, 2012 and 2016, appointed Deputy Mayor in 2009 and then Mayor in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Scott is the first Wellington Shire Councillor to hold the Mayoral office for a third term. In 2010 Scott was appointed the Chair of the Gippsland Local Government Network and was re-appointed to this position in 2013.