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Senior Consultant

DSC 8759Johnathon is a policy and business specialist with expertise combining policy, communications and business operations to advise clients through challenging and competitive landscapes.

His experience includes positions in the public service at both Federal and State levels, and has been involved in political campaigns at local, state, federal and international levels for over 13 years. Notably, Johnathon was the Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor to the Chair of the Senate Economics References committee. At the time, the Committee focused on financial services regulation during the banking royal commission, corporate and personal income taxation, federal-state relations for GST and housing funding, as well as industry policy for shipbuilding, dairy and steel industries and responding to illegal asbestos importation and flammable cladding.

Prior to the public sector, Johnathon gained invaluable private sector experience leading the transaction origination for a start-up financial services company based in the United States. Focusing on US company restructuring, Johnathon identified insurance arrangements to create structural alpha for asset managers and investors while freeing up equity for distressed companies.

Johnathon also held an eight-year career as a mechanical engineer for a global resources company in its coal and aluminium divisions, leading engineers and personally delivering operational improvements through multi-disciplinary teams.

Johnathon has a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Public Policy) from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Associate Director

Shayne is a government relations specialist with more than 20 years’ hands-on experience in senior government roles. She has a wealth of experience in governance, public policy, community engagement, public sector finance and the delivery of major infrastructure, particularly in the local government sector.

Shayne served as an elected councillor on Australia’s largest local government, the Brisbane City Council, for 13 years, and is well known and regarded amongst her former colleagues on Council. Most recently, Shayne was the Manager, Intergovernmental Relations & Special Projects at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Prior to that role, Shayne was the Executive Manager of the Northern Queensland Regional Organisations of Councils, and was a non-executive director of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.  

Shayne began her political career as an advisor to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and served as a senior policy specialist in the Beattie Government. Her reputation for forthright advocacy, skilled negotiation, and ability to work effectively with a diverse range stakeholders enables her to drive major projects, policy and legislative changes with a pragmatic and diplomatic approach

Shayne holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and public administration) and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Griffith University, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Queensland University of Technology. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Senior Consultant

Andrew

 

Andrew has held key leadership and strategic management positions working for major national and international companies on Government projects,property development, infrastructure projects, commercial ventures and professional communications.

Andrew has worked in both State and Federal parliamentary systems and has the experience, knowledge and understanding of the Government decision making processes. Andrew has assisted large Queensland, national and international companies to engage with State and Federal Governments and to formulate pathways through the bureaucracy.

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