Shayne Sutton


Shayne has more than 20 years of hands on experience working in high level Federal, State and local Government roles.

Elected at 25 to Australia’s largest local authority, Shayne is the youngest woman ever elected to Brisbane City Council.  Over her almost 14-year Council career, Shayne served in key leadership roles including Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Chair of Urban Planning & Development, and Labor spokesperson for Infrastructure and Major Projects, Finance and Economic Development.

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 understand bureaucratic and political decision making.

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.

Most recently, Shayne worked in executive roles in North Queensland. As Executive Officer for the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, Shayne supported the five Mayors of Townsville, Burdekin, Palm Island, Hinchinbrook and Charters Towers to lobby Federal and State Governments in support of their local communities.

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.

Shayne Sutton