Bruce Atkinson is the President of the Legislative Council, a Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region, a community activist and a family man.
In 2010 Bruce was elected President of the Legislative Council. In this role Bruce exercises a significant degree of political impartiality to gain respect and confidence from both sides of the house.
Bruce grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, attended primary school in Nunawading and high school in Mitcham.Bruce continues to be active within the community and is a member of numerous community organisations including Melbourne Vixens Netball Club, Box Hill R.S.L and The Rotary Club of Nunawading.
Bruce began a career in journalism and later transitioned into the business world. After working as a marketing manager Bruce established his own consultancy business with a strong focus on small business. Bruce is committed to boosting economic growth in Victoria through the encouragement of the private sector and creation of jobs. Recognising that unemployment and underemployment create significant hardship on families, Bruce believes that government policies should focus on job growth and reducing imposts on small business.
Bruce has a strong interest in encouraging rural business and the manufacture of Victorian made quality products. Recognising the potential of local business, Bruce believes that in helping the community develop international trade and economic skills we are also able to increase job growth.
Bruce was elected to the Nunawading City Council in 1975, where he served as a Councillor for 17 years including two terms as Mayor of Nunawading City Council. Bruce was 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.
Memberships & Experience
Bruce is a true lover of sport and is a director of the Eastern Football League. Bruce is also an avid supporter and member of the Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne Stars Cricket Team, Melbourne Vixens Netball Team and Melbourne Victory FC.
Bruce is proud to be a part of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Additionally he is a Member of The Rotary Club of Nunawading, The National Trust of Australia, Writers Victoria, Box Hill R.S.L and The Royal Society (an independent scientific academy, dedicated to promoting excellence in science).
Bruce has extensive Parliamentary and Committee experience and is currently the Chair of the Legislative Council Procedure Committee (February 2015- present). Bruce is a regional representative for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth.
Along with his role of President of the Legislative Council, Bruce is also a member for Eastern Metropolitan Region and his office is located in Ringwood. Bruce resides in Donvale.