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Renowned news presenter.


Lisa Backhouse is a public identity with a professional career spanning media, government and business. One of Queensland’s most respected television news presenters and journalists, Lisa was the female face of the ABC and host of the State’s only locally produced current affairs program, Stateline. Renowned for her professionalism, integrity and sharp interviewing style, she has also presented for Channel Nine and Network Ten.

Current work

In recent years, Lisa has achieved success as a corporate executive charged with managing business reputation across a number of high profile sectors. She had a unique centre stage position as the head of government and public policy for a leading financial services company during the Banking Royal Commission and has managed the public and community interface for some of the country’s most contentious resource industry projects.

Previous experience

ABC: Lisa rose to national prominence as an outspoken public figure in the campaign to relocate the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Brisbane studios, following an unprecedented breast cancer cluster; a story documented by the ABC’s Australian Story program in 2007.

MC: A highly experienced master of ceremonies, host and conference facilitator, Lisa has a variety of significant events to her credit. She brings a wealth of real world experience, unique insights, and proficiency to her events.

Speaker: Following an inspirational battle with breast cancer, Lisa is also in high demand as a public speaker. She connects personally with audiences - shining a light on resilience, advocacy, and what it really means to have it all.

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

The Budget Lunch went really well and we received good feedback on Lisa. She was very well prepared. She also gave us her own feedback and suggestions which was great.

ALP Queensland

Lisa was a pleasure to work with from initial contact through to the night of the event. She was flexible and understanding about last minute changes and her delivery was seamless. She really held the night together and added real value, with some challenging aspects of the evening. My client was so delighted with her that they have asked that she be involved with the event again next year.

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