Atkinson 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 Chairman of Queensland
As directly-elected Lord Mayor of Australia’s largest local
authority, with a billion-dollar Budget and a workforce
of 7000, Sallyanne 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 has written two books on
Brisbane and numerous articles for newspapers and magazines.