Media presenter, MC, host & facilitator
Lisa Backhouse is one of Queensland's most experienced and respected news presenters with a television career spanning nearly twenty years. Lisa is also an experienced Master of Ceremonies, host and facilitator, with a variety of events to her credit, including the prestigious gala award dinner for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Major Events Conference for the Department of State Development. She is in high demand as a public speaker, following an inspirational battle with breast cancer.
Renowned for her professionalism, integrity and sharp interviewing style, Lisa is currently with Channel Nine News in Brisbane.
Prior to joining Channel Nine, Lisa Backhouse was the female face of the ABC in Brisbane, as a newsreader and also host of the state's only locally produced current affairs program, Stateline.
Having graduated in the top of her journalism class from the University of Queensland, Lisa cut her teeth as a television reporter in the state's capital, before being promoted to head the ABC's North Queensland bureau, where she covered stories ranging from tropical cyclones and flooding, to environmental challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef.
Two years later, Lisa was again promoted by the network, transferring to Canberra to cover Federal Politics for the ABC's national audience, including a federal election and the original High Court Mabo ruling. As a political correspondent, she made regular live commentary appearances on the ABC's breakfast program First Edition.
Seeking new challenges, Lisa returned to Brisbane, and was rewarded with a stint producing the statewide news bulletin for ABC television. Lisa also used this opportunity to gain other skills, working for a time in the radio newsroom, and writing for the widely read, national medical publication 'Australian Doctor'.
She went on to join the Ten Network in Brisbane as a senior television reporter, where she spent time as the chief of staff and built on her presenting skills. In 1998, Lisa was lured back to the ABC as the weekend news reader, a highlight of her dream career.
Lisa rose to national prominence as the outspoken public figure in the campaign to have the ABC's Toowong studios relocated, following the unprecedented breast cancer cluster. A journey that was documented by the ABC's 'Australian Story' program in early 2007.
In recent times Lisa has used her experience to train others in techniques to help them navigate the daunting world of modern media.
Ms Backhouse is a delight to work with, totally organised, unflappable and with absolute attention to detail. She is enthusiastic, yet calm, and so well organised that the event proceeded exceptionally well, with great feedback. Ms Backhouse undertook these duties in the most professional manner that I have seen of a compere/MC to date. UDIA (Qld) will most certainly be utilizing her services again.
Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland)
Lisa was an absolute delight to deal with, a true professional, and performed her role as MC with such ease. Lisa listened to our requirements and fulfilled them, in doing so she added value to our event and contributed to its success.
Australian Institute of Company Directors
This year we were privileged to have Lisa Backhouse act as the MC. Her charm and professionalism shone through and the audience was able to connect with her on a personal level.
The Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices Program
Very knowledgable, friendly and open. Lisa very ably facilitated the day from guest speakers to panel discussions to question and answer sessions. She was organised and prepared.