Shannon Willoughby is the Chief Executive Officer of Study Gold Coast. She is also the former long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast and senior journalist at the Gold Coast bulletin. She is infinitely passionate about the Gold Coast and has been a leader in drawing attention to the city’s issues and potential.
As a columnist and chief reporter at the Bulletin, Shannon was never backward in coming forward with opinion, often controversial, but always directed at constructive outcomes. Also during her time at the Bulletin, she worked as a business writer throughout the global financial crisis. She reported on a flood of corporate events, many tragic, covering the collapse of dozens of Gold Coast enterprises – most operating in the construction and property industries. These times and events drove home to Shannon the need to create and promote a more diverse Gold Coast, not reliant so much on the cyclical property and tourism sectors. While recognising the ongoing and vital importance of these sectors she has been prepared to do all she can to fulfil her vision of a city full of new opportunities and vitality driven by smart young thinkers.
As the chief executive of Study Gold Coast, Shannon is now playing a key role in making national and international markets aware of the City’s education and training assets.
Study Gold Coast is the peak industry and city marketing body for the Gold Coast’s education and training sector. Its key objectives are to promote, grow and unite the sector, positioning it as a recognised economic and social pillar of the Gold Coast. Study Gold Coast promotes the city’s world-leading education institutions and aims to enhance whole of city student experience.