Ms Lanyon is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently Director, New South Wales (NSW) State Office, a position she has held since July 2011. Prior to this, she was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch and Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy Branch with oversight of the Department's international public affairs and cultural programs.
Ms Lanyon previously served overseas as Minister Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Indonesia; Deputy Head of Mission to Cambodia and had earlier postings to Jakarta and Singapore. She also has experience in multilateral trade and environmental negotiations, regional engagement with ASEAN and was a member of the APEC Task Force on Counter Terrorism.
Ms Lanyon holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the Australian National University and was admitted as Barrister in NSW. She is married and has one son.