Meet the Team


The Skybound Team

Dedicated to Personal, Professional and Profitable Growth

Sallyanne Atkinson AO
Dean Palmer
Claude Xavier Santucci
Sidney Super
Jean van der Westhuyzen

Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Chairman (Non-Executive)


Sallyanne’s expertise in matters of governance and company processes and procedures, together with her acknowledged presentation skills are used extensively in business consulting engagements and in leadership roles. 

Sallyanne is on the boards of several organisations, is Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane and on the Boards of the Queensland Brain Institute and the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton.

Previous roles include Special Representative for Queensland in South East Asia, Chairman of Tourism Queensland and Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to France, Belgium, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and Co-chair of the Ministerial Dementia Advisory Group (Commonwealth).  Sallyanne was also Lord Mayor of Brisbane.  She has extensive non-executive director experience and was involved in bids for the Olympics and served as Deputy Mayor of the Athletes Village during the Sydney Olympics 2000.

Dean Palmer

Chief Executive Officer and Director

LLB, B.Com, CA

Dean Palmer is an experienced business professional with more than 20 years of experience across a variety of industries including finance, property, and funds management.

Dean is the founder and CEO of Skybound Fidelis Investment Limited and also serves on the Boards of all subsidiary and associate companies within Skybound Australia’s diverse range of investments in Australia.

Dean Palmer is an experienced business professional with more than 20 years of experience across a variety of industries including finance, property, and funds management.

His career includes senior executive and leadership roles with Arthur Andersen and Norwich Union Life.  Prior to becoming CEO and Director of Skybound Fidelis, Dean was the CEO of a specialist Brisbane-based property fund manager with A$0.5 billion in property under management. 

Claude Xavier Santucci

Non-Executive Director

After ten years in banking in Europe, North America and Asia, and twelve years back in Australia with Macquarie Bank, Claude established a financial planning practice in July 1987 which grew to advise on over $300 million of client funds.

Claude now consults independently to smaller financial planning practices and for several years has had an active role in the promotion of the financial planning profession.

Sidney Super



Sid has extensive experience working for some of Australia’s leading companies in finance, mortgage fund management, construction and development finance and bridging finance.

Sid’s experience includes working with major banks in structuring wholesale lines of credit, assessing loan applications and evaluating mortgage securities. His knowledge and experience in finance coupled with his accounting, compliance, and auditing background make Sid a trusted member of our Lending Committee.

Jean van der Westhuyzen

New Appointment - Investment Analyst

Olympic History:  Olympic Debutante
Highlights: Becoming Junior World Champion in the K2 Marathon

Growing up in Cape Town South Africa, a young Jean van der Westhuyzen watched his Australian sporting heroes, Ken Wallace and Murray Stewart on television. He moved to Australia to pursue his dreams of becoming a Canoe Sprint Olympian and is set to make his Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Read more…

Skybound Fidelis welcome Jean onboard and look forward to a prosperous journey ahead full of spirited wins.

Jean is a qualified Investment Analyst from Bond University.

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