Oliva joined the SAS Group in March 2019 as an Administration Officer and Personal Assistant to Directors Hon. Larry Anthony and Peter Costantini. Olivia is responsible for providing invaluable assistance to the SAS Group’s directors and consultants, ensuring the smooth operation of the office reception, assisting with document processing and formatting, and running the day-to-day business of the office.
Olivia has a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Queensland majoring in Marketing. She is an experienced and dedicated Administration Officer, having previously worked in similar positions while studying her degree.
Senior Consultant - Media and Communications
A former senior Australian metropolitan newspaper journalist and editor with experience across a number of key sectors, ranging from business to sport, Paddy has extensive experience providing strategic communication and government relations advice and support for organisations in Australia and overseas.
Before joining the SAS Group, Paddy ran her own consultancy communications business working with not-for-profits and the business sector before becoming the principal advisor, policy and corporate affairs, for Triple P International Pty Ltd, which distributes training and resources for one of the country’s most successful social services exports, the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Paddy has also worked as the Communications Manager for the Parenting and Family Support Centre in the Health and Behavioural Sciences faculty at The University of Queensland.
Major stories covered across a wide-ranging newspaper career include the Federal Government-subsidised insulation scheme, implications of $1 a litre milk pricing, and threats and opportunities to major and small retailers from overseas and domestic online innovation.
John has had a broad and highly successful career spanning close to 20 years representing some of Australia’s leading publicly listed corporations in relations, and negotiations, with Federal and State Governments, as well as Government competition and environmental regulatory agencies: Westpac, Telstra, AGL, Origin Energy and Aurizon. John therefore has a deep understanding of Government policy and regulatory issues in the following areas: Energy, Resources, Resource Sector Taxation, Carbon Policy, International Trade, Banking, Transport and Telecommunications. In addition John was a key member of teams at Origin Energy and Aurizon that assisted in major Chinese companies gaining FIRB approval for investment in major resource projects.
He also has significant experience in stakeholder engagement, issues management, crisis management and media. John has a very extensive network through government, business and the media.
At Origin Energy, John was closely engaged with the (then) Federal Labor Government in protecting the position of the company’s Queensland CSG to LNG gas project under the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) and its proposed Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT). At both Origin and Aurizon, John has worked closely with Federal and State Environmental Departments and agencies.
Prior to joining the corporate sector in 1997, John held a number of senior positions in the Canberra Parliament House Parliamentary Press Gallery with the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, as well as in investment banking and Federal Treasury.
Winston Harris joined the SAS Group in 2017, bringing with him high-level skills in public policy and administration, strategic development and management, and people and stakeholder management with a true understanding of the value of personal relationships. It’s a broad mix of experience gained across more than 25 years working in politics, small business and for non-government organisations.
Winston has worked as a Chief of Staff and adviser in Federal and State Ministerial offices, with portfolio responsibilities in agriculture and fisheries, financial services, and the small business sector. This background gives Winston a unique understanding of both the public and private spheres, which he uses to help achieve the best possible outcomes for clients of The SAS Group.
Winston is currently undertaking his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Mitchell Collier joined The SAS Group in 2016 as a media and communication consultant. He has a double degree in Journalism and Political Science from The University of Queensland, and during his time at University, Mitchell served as Editor-in-Chief of its student magazine. He also co-hosted two radio shows on JacRadio, and was a regular presenter on the UQ Journalism School’s news and a current affairs show, JacTV.
Since graduating, Mitchell has worked for two federal senators, where he has continued to develop his research, writing and editing skills, and learnt how to deploy these skills in campaigns to influence public opinion on issues of national importance.
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