1920 - 2015
Joan Saxton Obituary - Sydney Morning Herald/The Age
In the 1960s long before anyone else had a lecture agency or conference organising business, Joan Saxton, Australia's first lecture agent, was invited to talk at the University of Melbourne on the topic: 'Why Pay a Speaker?' Running an agency based upon payment to speakers was a challenge in those particular times, though completely accepted now as are other lecture agencies and professional organisers. Joan said pioneering is always a thrill and gets the adrenaline going.
Breaking new ground was not new to Joan. Years ago, with two others - a missionary doctor and a senior social welfare officer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (as it was then), Joan pioneered Family Planning, amid much criticism from some quarters, and eventually became the President of the Family Planning Association of Malaya working voluntarily in its clinics.
47 years ago in Australia, and with advice and blessings given by Sir Zelman Cowen when Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne, Joan set up the Joan Saxton Speakers' Agency. She is recognised everywhere as Australia's first lecture agent.
Joan was well experienced in personnel management, as well as having a social welfare background in England, Singapore and Malaysia. She lectured in each of those countries, as well as in America (as far north as Alaska). As a result, and particularly through her television and broadcasting experience here and overseas, Joan had a fine knowledge and understanding of people, and the business world generally. She is listed in the Who's Who of Australian Women.
Joan became a Life Member of the National Speakers Association of Australia when she spoke at their Melbourne Conference in 1992.
Joan's most prestigious invitation to speak since 1957 was to address the Memorial Dinner for Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop in November 1993, given by the Australian Asian Association and attended by the Governor, various Consul Generals and others at the private dining room of the MCG Melbourne. Joan is a brilliant and warm speaker who has won an international speech contest in Calgary, Canada.
Joan Saxton travels from Victoria Australia
"Saxtons are always available to clarify any issue I might have had and always friendly and professional in their manner. I have always had professional advice from the bureau and as I always run on a very limited budget Nina and Holly have always tried to get me the best speaker for our needs and budget."
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