Shayne Sutton

Associate Director

Shayne is an Associate Director of Hawker Britton’s Queensland Office.   She has more than 20 years of hands on experience working at the highest levels of Federal, State and Local Governments.

Shayne served on Australia’s largest local government, Brisbane City Council for almost 14 years in key leadership positions including Leader of the Opposition and spokesperson for Infrastructure, Major Projects, Finance and Economic Development.

As a former Deputy Chairperson of Brisbane City Council’s powerful Planning and Urban Development Committee Shayne has an acute understanding of Queensland’s planning assessment processes for both State and Local Government.

Her networks and knowledge of Queensland’s local governments is unrivalled.  As former Executive Officer for the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC), Shayne supported the five Mayors of Townsville, Burdekin, Palm Island, Hinchinbrook and Charters Towers lobby Federal and State Governments in support of their local communities, securing funding for projects of regional significance.

Shayne has a reputation for forthright advocacy, skilled negotiation and the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.  She is able to navigate complex regulatory environments and has an implicit understanding of political decision-making. These skills enable her to assist clients engage effectively with government and hone their government relations strategies.

In 2018, Shayne was appointed by the State Government to the board of the $1 billion Townsville Hospital and Health Service as a Non-Executive Director, a position she held until commencing with Hawker Britton.

Prior to her election to Council, Shayne served on the personal staff of the Hon Kevin Rudd and was a Senior Advisor to Queensland Minister for Health and Women, the Hon Wendy Edmond.


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Shayne Sutton