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Team

Associate Director

Shayne SuttonShayne is a government relations specialist with more than 20 years’ hands-on experience in senior government roles. She has a wealth of experience in governance, public policy, community engagement, public sector finance and the delivery of major infrastructure, particularly in the local government sector.

Shayne served as an elected councillor on Australia’s largest local government, the Brisbane City Council, for 13 years, and is well known and regarded amongst her former colleagues on Council. Most recently, Shayne was the Manager, Intergovernmental Relations & Special Projects at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Prior to that role, Shayne was the Executive Manager of the Northern Queensland Regional Organisations of Councils, and was a non-executive director of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.  

Shayne began her political career as an advisor to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and served as a senior policy specialist in the Beattie Government. Her reputation for forthright advocacy, skilled negotiation, and ability to work effectively with a diverse range stakeholders enables her to drive major projects, policy and legislative changes with a pragmatic and diplomatic approach

Shayne holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and public administration) and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Griffith University, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Queensland University of Technology. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Office Manager

Rebecca PooleRebecca has 25 years of extensive administrative, communications and business development experience, and puts her diverse skills to good use managing the SAS Group.

Rebecca has served both Federal and State governments where she provided high-level stakeholder engagement, communications and executive support to ministers.

 Prior to joining the team, Rebecca owned and operated two successful Domino’s Pizza stores, achieving notable sales growth and community accolades. She also served as a Client Services Director and Account Director for leading communications agencies, developing marketing plans and managing Corporate Transactions, and for a time oversaw the business development arm of the Northern Territory Convention Bureau.

Rebecca manages the needs of our team and growing client base. She provides essential assistance to our clients and the internal support required to keep the SAS Group running smoothly.

Consultant, Media and Communications

Rachel HardingRachel is a skilled media and communications professional with proven success executing communications campaigns and engagement strategies over the past three years.

Rachel has experience across media and marketing campaigns, with skills spanning media relations, digital communications, content writing, social media and online community management and membership and event management. With an understanding of traditional and digital media landscapes, she has a strong ability to achieve client objectives and deliver meaningful results.

Since joining the SAS Group, Rachel has worked on various projects for clients in the not for profit, professional services, retail, community and health sectors.

An enthusiastic and analytical mind, Rachel loves persuasive writing and capturing opportunities that influence and inspire.

She has completed a Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Governance and Public Policy.

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