The Honourable Bruce Atkinson is the President of the Legislative Council and a Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region which includes many of the eastern suburbs and north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Trained in journalism, Bruce began his career as a cadet for the Newsads Group and later worked with the Fairfax and Leader newspaper groups. After undertaking a youth research study in the Waverley area, Bruce was a marketing manager and centre manager in major shopping centres.
He then established his own public relations, marketing and publishing business with a focus on the retail industry and small business.
Bruce was a Councillor of the city of Nunawading prior to his election to State Parliament, serving two terms as Mayor of that city, which subsequently merged with Box Hill to become the Whitehorse City Council.
A member of the Liberal Party since 1969, Bruce was first elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1992 as the Member for the former Koonung Province and was elected as a Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region in 2006 and again in 2010.
Prior to being elected to the role of President of the Legislative Council, Bruce has held a number of roles in Parliament including: Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Local Government, Shadow Minister for Small & Medium Enterprises, WorkCover and Sport & Recreation, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Business Development and Deputy President of the Legislative Council.
He has held public office in the eastern suburbs for 40 years, 17 in local government and more than 23 in State Parliament.
Bruce is a member of the Rotary Club of Nunawading and has a keen interest in sports including cricket, football and soccer. He is also involved as a member of the Knox Club, Box Hill RSL and the National Trust.
Bruce attended Nunawading Primary School and Mitcham High School (now Mullauna College) and lives in Donvale.