Sandra Maaike Jayne Verschoor[1] (born 25 April 1959) is the Lord Mayor of Adelaide in South Australia since 12 November 2018.[2] She also worked as Deputy Mayor and a council staff member in the past.[3]

Early life and education

Verschoor is the second daughter of Dutch immigrants to Australia and grew up in Elizabeth.[4] She has a Master of Arts, an MBA(Entrepreneurship) and a PhD in Business Administration from Kennedy Western University.[5]


Verschoor worked in broadcasting and marketing in the early 1990s, and became marketing manager of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts in 1996.[4] She was CEO of the Adelaide Fringe from 2006 to 2010.[4] She also worked on WOMADelaide and helped establish the Adelaide Film Festival.[4] In 2011, she became the executive producer of the Festival of Ideas,[4][6] before becoming CEO of the Windmill Theatre in 2015 and acting CEO of the Adelaide Festival in 2016.[4]

Verschoor worked as general manager for the Adelaide City Council for three years from 2012,[4] before being elected to council at a by-election in 2015.[7] From June 2017 to November 2018, she served as Deputy Lord Mayor for 18 months.[8][3]

After Martin Haese decided not to run in the 2018 election, he endorsed Verschoor, who had been planning to run against him.[7] Verschoor was elected Lord Mayor in November 2018, defeating lawyer Mark Hamilton and bookshop owner Kate Treloar.[9]

Personal life

Verschoor is married and has two daughters and a son.[7][3]


  1. ^ "Current details for ABN 62 893 297 037 | ABN Lookup". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ City of Adelaide - Cr Sandy Verschoor
  3. ^ a b c Clifton, Catherine (16 October 2018). "Verschoor means business". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Dexter, John (4 May 2017). "Sandy Verschoor: 'People want artistic energy to be in their city'". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Off The Record". The Advertiser. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Sandy Verschoor". Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
  7. ^ a b c Washington, David (17 September 2018). "Challenger turns frontrunner in Lord Mayoral race". In Daily. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  8. ^ ABC - Sandy Verschoor elected to Adelaide City Council
  9. ^ "South Australian Council Election results: New mayors and councillors voted in". The Advertiser. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.

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