New government relations Liberal landscape to be explored at CommsCon

The changed face of government relations will be explored in a panel at next week’s CommsCon conference.

Di Lollo

Di Lollo

Gabrielle McDowell




Panellists include Justin Di Lollo, who runs STW Group’s portfolio of government relations firms including the Liberal-focused Barton Deakin and Labor-focused Hawker Britton.

Also on the panel is Gabriel McDowell, MD of PR agency Res Publica, where he heads the corporate and government relations team; and Terri-Helen Gaynor, founder of Reputation, which focuses on the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector.

Alastair Kinloch, director of public policy and government relations at financial giant AMP Limited will offer an in-house perspective.

The conversation will cover how the election of a Liberal government nationally last year has impacted lobbying, and the implications of the likelihood that all states will also soon be Liberal led.

Di Lollo was MD of Hawker Britton from 1999 to 2014 and before that spent a decade as a political and policy adviser in Federal parliament. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Australian School of Business at University of New South Wales.

McDowell previously spent six years as corporate affairs director at Lion Nathan. Until earlier this year Gaynor was also president of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

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The CommsCon conference is organised by Mumbrella’s parent company Focal Attractions and takes place next Thursday March 20.

Sessions include a serious of best practice case studies covering celebrity endorsement; PR, technology and social media; working with multiple stake holders; and crisis communications. Also on the agenda is a keynote appearance from Joe Jareck, director of public relations for The LA Dodgers, and a presentation on the world’s best PR thinking.


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