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Researchers & associates

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Max Hewett

Senior Associate

Max is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office, where he provides high-level strategic advice to a number of the firm’s clients.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Max worked at communications firm Edelman, where he specialised in issues and crisis management and corporate communications.

Max has worked on complex crisis projects including the administration of Arrium, has overseen the largest product recall in Australian history on behalf of Samsung and supported Lindt during the 2015 ‘Sydney Siege’.

Recently, Max led Alibaba Group’s market entry strategy, which included managing Jack Ma’s engagement with Australian government and media during a visit in February 2017.

More broadly, Max has created and implemented strategies for clients across diverse sectors, including GE, GPT Group, Cochlear, FedEx, Kimberly-Clark and Unilever.

Max holds a Bachelor of Public Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney.

61 2 8353 0408

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Jack Gordon

Consultant, Corporate & Financial Communications

Jack is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and supports a number of the firm’s clients across a wide range of corporate and financial communications issues.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Jack worked at advertising and public relations agencies Clemenger BBDO and Porter Novelli, where he assisted with providing highly targeted and commercially nuanced communications strategies to clients with interests spanning various sectors. Jack has also previously worked as part of a communications team for a Federal Senator.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) from the University of NSW, and a Master of Strategic Public Relations from the University of Sydney.

61 2 8353 0421

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Duncan McDonald

Associate

Duncan is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and provides comprehensive research, analysis and support for clients across a range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, mining and resources.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Duncan was Senior Political Adviser at the Embassy of Israel in Canberra where he was responsible for crafting the Embassy’s political engagement strategy and providing in-depth analysis of the Australian political system. He has also formerly worked for a Federal Senator and a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce from the Australian National University, with majors in Finance, Marketing and Australian Politics.

61 2 8353 0413

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Zoe Darling

Research & Policy Analyst

Based in GRACosway’s Adelaide office, Zoe provides research and policy support to the firm’s clients on South Australian and federal matters across a range of industries, including infrastructure, planning, health and telecommunications.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Zoe was a media advisor to several South Australian Federal MPs, including in the office of the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. She has also worked as a research assistant at the University of South Australia.

Zoe holds a Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a focus on International Studies from the University of South Australia.

61 2 7202 1300

Level 4, 20 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

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Erin Germantis

Research & Policy Analyst

Erin is based in GRACosway’s Melbourne office and provides research and policy support on Victorian and Federal matters to clients across a range of industries, including finance, infrastructure and superannuation.

Prior to joining the firm, Erin worked in the legal industry where she gained class action experience in the financial sector. She has also previously worked as a legal editor at a compliance and risk management company.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from the University of Melbourne, a Juris Doctor from RMIT University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from The College of Law. She is currently completing a Master of Laws at Monash University, and volunteers in the pro bono legal sector.

61 3 9660 1404

Level 3, 650 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

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Leigh Moran

Research & Policy Analyst

Leigh is based in GRACosway’s Canberra office and provides support to a range of clients across sectors including defence, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and transportation in relation to Federal and ACT Government matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Leigh held a number of roles within the Defence Intelligence Organisation for five years. He has also worked for think-tank The Australia Institute as well as the ACT Government in the offices of both a Minister and crossbench MLA.

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Griffith University and a Diploma of Project Management.

61 2 6273 7243

Suite 13a, Level 2
16 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600

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Liam Nilon

Research & Policy Analyst

Liam is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and provides research and policy support on NSW and federal matters for clients across a range of industries, including resources and energy, local government, transport, property and planning.

Prior to joining the firm, Liam was a research assistant in the office of the Mayor of the City of Botany Bay. He has also worked for a NSW Transport Minister and as an electorate officer for a NSW State MP.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Ancient and Modern History) from Macquarie University.

61 2 8353 1411

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Holly Pascoe

Junior Associate, Corporate and Financial Communications

Holly is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and leverages her communications, analytical and social media skills to support GRACosway’s clients. Her core tasks include detailed media monitoring and analysis, research, writing and workflow management.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Holly worked in advertising at JOY Agency, where she assisted a broad range of clients with social media content creation and copywriting, and conducted research for brand strategy projects.

Holly has also undertaken internships with Tempo Media, Channel Seven News and The Age, giving her contemporary experience in the Australian media landscape.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Journalism with a minor in Politics from Monash University.

61 2 8353 0418

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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James Ricupito

Research and Policy Analyst

Based in GRACosway’s Sydney office, James provides research and policy support to the firm’s clients on NSW and federal matters.

Prior to joining the firm, James worked as an Account Executive at a large creative advertising agency, where he worked across a number of clients in the financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, government and sports sectors.

James has also worked in communications roles at the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and for a small start-up superannuation fund.

James holds a Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations from the University of Canberra.

61 2 8353 0423

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Kirk Stubbs

Research & Policy Analyst

Based in GRACosway’s Brisbane office, Kirk provides research and policy support on state and federal matters to clients across a range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, transport and infrastructure.

Prior to joining the firm, Kirk worked in the Justice portfolio for the UK Government where he assisted with delivering selection exercises for various judicial posts.  He also formerly worked as an adviser for a Queensland Treasurer and electorate officer for both a Queensland and Federal MP.

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the Queensland University of Technology.

61 7 3226 2600

Level 3, 200 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

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