1 October, 2021
The SAS Group is delighted to have secured the services of former Brisbane City Councillor and highly regarded government relations specialist Shayne Sutton.
Shayne will commence with the firm on 5 October in the role of Associate Director.
Ms Sutton served as the ALP Councillor for the Brisbane City ward of Morningside, from 2004 to 2017. She has held a number of government relations roles, most recently as the Manager, Intergovernmental Relations & Special Projects for the Local Government Association of Queensland.
SAS Group CEO Peter Costantini said securing Ms Sutton’s services was a coup for the business, given her strong track record over 20 years as a participant and adviser in the political process.
“We are delighted that Shayne accepted our invitation to join the group. Already there has been significant interest in securing her services among existing and prospective clients.
“We have a highly focused and very talented team of consultants who deliver great results for our clients, and the firm’s Directors feel Shayne will be a natural fit for the team.”
Ms Sutton said she was looking forward to joining the established SAS Group team, meeting existing clients and attracting new ones.
“The SAS Group is recognised as one of Australia’s leading strategic communications and advocacy consultancies,” she said.
“Joining the team is a natural extension of my career to date. Whether as an elected official or an adviser, I have always enjoyed helping people to navigate the political system to achieve the best possible outcome for them and for our community.”
Ms Sutton can be contacted on (07) 3221 9222.
About Shayne Sutton
Shayne 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.