Sallyanne Atkinson, AO, is Special Representative for Queensland, South-East Asia in the Queensland Government. She is currently a director of several public companies and associations and was Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village for Sydney 2000. She is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australian Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris, and former Chair of Queensland Tourism.
As directly elected Lord Mayor of Australia's largest local authority, with a billion-dollar Budget and a workforce of 7000, Ms Atkinson was responsible for major structural and fiscal reforms in the Council and a change of image and attitude for the City.
Internationally, she has represented Australia to the International Olympic Committee, in major trade and business forums such as the OECD and the International Chamber of Commerce and spoken at conferences in Europe, Asia and the United States.
She was the Leader of the Brisbane bid for the Olympics of 1992, a member of the Melbourne and Sydney Olympic bidding committees and was a founding member of the Committee to Organise the Games in 2000.
A journalist by training, she worked for The Courier-Mail in 1963-64; the Sydney Telegraph in 1962-63; and the Brisbane Telegraph from 1960 until 1962. She has written two books on Brisbane including Sallyanne Atkinson's Brisbane Guide in 1985 in addition to numerous articles for newspapers and magazines.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University (1967) and received her secondary school education at both St Hilda's School on the Gold Coast and the Royal Naval School and Bishops College in Columbo, Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka.
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