Born in 1942 to an Irish father and Australian mother, Sallyanne Atkinson has had a long career as a politician and corporate board member. A non-executive company director since 1991, she is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and former Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris. She was also Chair of Queensland Tourism and Special Representative for Queensland in South East Asia. She now works as a business strategist and corporate advisor, drawing on her extensive experience in government, politics, management, arts and the community. Sallyanne is a mother of five children and a proud grandmother. She lives in Brisbane.