Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Planning, handling change & future directions

Sallyanne Atkinson is a professional company director, international business consultant, writer and public speaker. She is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane. Sallyanne shares her knowledge about management of large and small organisations, planning and implementation of strategic campaigns, working with different cultures and focusing on future directions. She has special expertise in handling change in all its forms at a personal and institutional level.

About Sallyanne Atkinson:

A graduate of the University of Queensland in History and Political Science, Sallyanne is a journalist by profession, the author of two books on Brisbane and articles for numerous publications.

Sallyanne Atkinson is probably best known as Lord Mayor of Brisbane, a position she held from 1985 to 1991. During this time she initiated the most comprehensive plan to have been undertaken by any Australian city covering land use planning, transport, economic development and social issues.

Sallyanne was Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to France from 1994 to 1997. Her role was to promote Australian export and encourage investment in Australia. She was also Australia’s representative to the International Chamber of Commerce.

Sallyanne was closely involved with the Olympics. She led the bid for Brisbane in 1992 and served on the Sydney Organising Committee (SOCOG). In France she was the European Representative for the Sydney Olympic Committee. These involvements led to her appointment as Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village and member of the Village Planning Advisory Committee.

Sallyanne is a corporate professional with Brisbane based Eagle Street Associates and a Director on the Boards of many companies. She has been appointed by the Commonwealth Government to several Councils and Committees and is on the Advisory Board of Queensland Directors.

An Officer of the Order of Australia, Sallyanne was a founding member of the board of the United Nations’ International Council for Local Environment Initiatives, for which she chaired the first meeting at the UN in New York. She has been honoured with Rotary International’s highest award, is an Honorary Fellow for the Australian Institute of Management, and is an honorary Life Member of the National Trust.

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