Anne Lawrence


Head of Industry Development
Sunshine Coast Council

Currently Head of Industry Development within the Economic Development Branch at Sunshine Coast Council, Anne’s role is to help foster and grow Sunshine Coast’s high-value industry sectors, in partnership with the business community. Anne has a particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship as well as the digital economy, and has led the creation of a variety of programs to future proof the region. With businesses predominantly in the health, education and tourism sectors, the Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions and expected to reach 550,000 residents by 2040. Several game-changer projects such as a greenfields ‘smart city’ in Maroochydore, an international airport expansion, a new 15 megawatt solar farm and a new $5bn hospital and health precinct has driven significant investment to the region. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, prior to her current role, Anne has been a Group Manager for Marketing and BD for a CSIRO international joint venture, a former lecturer at University of the Sunshine Coast, and owned her own businesses including a viticultural nursery in South Australia and a coworking business in Noosa.