Lawrie McKinna was born in Kilmarnock in south west Scotland. He has been married to his wife, Christine for 33 years and has two sons and two grandsons.
He is passionate about soccer and has played in over 87 premier league games in Scotland. He has coached in the National Soccer League and was appointed the inaugural coach of the Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League – a role which he held for five seasons. He also coached teams in the Chinese Super League and was twice recognised as Australia’s Coach of the Year.
In 2012, Lawrie stood for the Gosford City local government elections as an independent, securing a seat, and was elected as the Mayor of Gosford City for two years in a row.
Lawrie is highly active within the local community with his key focuses on job creation and the revitalisation of the Gosford City Centre.