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Directors & senior staff

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Brigid Glanville

Director

As the firm’s Director – Government Communications, Brigid works with GRACosway’s government clients to deliver strategic and corporate communications programs in support of complex reform and transaction projects. She is a respected policy and communications professional with 25 years’ experience working in politics, government, stakeholder relations and media.

Brigid has an unmatched blend of expertise and insight into the nuances of public policy formulation, regulatory processes and stakeholder engagement. Her unique skillset and extensive networks across government departments and agencies, regulators, and the political, media, and business landscapes enable her to effectively develop and deliver strategic and impactful public sector communication programs at the state and federal levels of government.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Brigid was Deputy Chief of Staff to a NSW Minister for Regional Health, Mental Health and Women and the Minister for Education, where she provided critical support to the government and stakeholders as Australia grappled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brigid was also the ABC’s Chief NSW Political Editor for a decade and was a presenter on ABC TV News Channel. Brigid has also held a number of senior reporter roles, both in Australia and overseas, across TV and radio news and current affairs, specialising in politics, business, agriculture and mining.

Brigid has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Charles Sturt University and is an Ambassador for The Gidget Foundation, a not-for-profit that supports parents suffering from peri-natal depression and anxiety.

0407 210 976

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Brendan Altadonna

Director

Based in Brisbane, Brendan provides corporate and reputational management advice to many of the firm’s ASX-listed and international clients, specialising in transactional projects, financial communications programs and in preparing companies for sensitive, high-profile crisis events..

He has more than a decade of global communications experience and a strong financial services background. He has previously worked in the UK for Europe’s largest bank, HSBC, and provides strategic counsel to many of the firm’s banking, superannuation, general and life insurance clients.

As GRACosway’s senior Brisbane communications counsel, Brendan has also acted on many large Queensland transactions and is a trusted advisor to his clients in managing strategic projects.

Earlier in his career, Brendan worked as the media manager for Australia’s national Rugby Union team, the Wallabies, and before this at the Queensland Rugby Union.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology.

0409 919 891

Level 3, 200 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

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Dimity Paul

Director

Based in GRACosway’s Melbourne office, Dimity has a diverse professional background with experience spanning government and stakeholder relations, policy, communications, crisis and reputation management and community engagement. She has worked for Australia’s largest energy retail and generation business, not for profits and as a chief of staff in both a Federal and Victorian State Government.

Dimity has extensive experience working with energy and climate change policy and regulation. She has previously provided policy advice and been a chief of staff in the defence portfolio and in the Victorian portfolios of small business, innovation and trade. Dimity has hands-on parliamentary and committee procedure experience, having previously worked for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. She has also worked for and managed a campaign for a marginal backbench MP and knows how constituent, parliamentary and policy issues intersect.

She currently serves as a Trustee at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, as the Deputy Chair and Women’s Health East and as the Vice President of Scholarships for Australian German Exchange. Dimity is a passionate advocate for breast cancer research and trials and volunteers her time to assist raise awareness for BRCA positive carriers and to find improved treatments for women with triple negative breast cancer.

Dimity is a graduate of Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and minoring in German and holds a Master of Communication from RMIT University.

0498 037 030

Level 3, 650 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

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Graham Campbell

Director

Graham has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and financial communications and plays an integral role in solving complex corporate communications challenges for GRACosway’s clients.

Graham uses his research, technical and issues evaluation skills to assist with the development of strategic communications and reputation management programs for a broad range of clients and transactions. He also leverages his program scheduling and logistical capabilities on large transaction projects.

Graham has been involved in a majority of the practice’s transactional assignments (M&A, IPOs, trade sales) and works on a variety of corporate assignments, which currently include Link Group, Santos, Virgin Australia and Suncorp.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Science Eng. (Metallurgy) from the University of London.

0411 830 790

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Isuru Neelagama

Director

Isuru is based in GRACosway’s Canberra office. He is an advocacy, policy leadership, corporate affairs and government relations executive with specialisation in freight, planning, transport and logistics.

Isuru has worked for industry representative bodies, as an adviser to a Transport Minister and Deputy Premier, and a national regulator.

He is a proven policy and big ideas developer and deliverer, negotiator, facilitator and networker at top levels of government and business.

Isuru manages strategic projects through from inception to launch. Through more than a decade of working with industry and government he has developed an extensive network of political, corporate, industry representative and personal contacts who can be brought to bear in issues management, strategic planning and project delivery.

0451 005 661

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

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Jaimi Greenspan

Director

Jaimi is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office where she provides strategic advice to a broad range of clients on public policy issues and government engagement matters, primarily in NSW. She is a respected policy and communications professional with particular expertise in health, education and complex reform.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Jaimi served as a senior Health and Education adviser to a NSW Premier and worked to provide critical support to government, departments and stakeholders throughout the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. An excellent problem solver, Jaimi relishes a challenge and enjoys working with clients to find solutions to complex issues.

Jaimi has previously worked within the public health system, in ministerial and leadership offices at both state and federal levels, and has held various senior communications roles in Australia and overseas, including in the higher education sector and at an award-winning communications and creative agency.

Jaimi holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science from UNSW and completed a Master of Communications at Griffith University.

0478 963 675

Level 21
6-10 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Mary Andrew

Director

Based in the firm’s Sydney office, Mary brings to GRACosway a depth of experience in law and government in Australia and Asia, specialising in government relations, strategy, policy development and communications.

Mary’s substantial expertise has been developed in senior roles across both public and private sectors, including for large, multinational financial services, pharmaceutical and e-commerce companies, in the not-for-profit sector, and as a political adviser.

Mary has strong regulatory insight, having recently worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) during the Financial Services Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (FSRC).

While at ASIC, Mary provided leadership across the Federal regulator to support the implementation of a rapid and comprehensive post-FSRC reform agenda, navigating complex issues with Government, its departments, parliamentarians and industry stakeholders.

She currently serves as a Board Director for The Armadillo & Co Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged communities.

Mary holds a combined Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and International Studies from Flinders University.

0409 674 454

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Max Hewett

Director

Max is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office, where he provides advice at board and executive level on reputation and issues management, stakeholder engagement and financial communication.

He has advised on local and cross border transactions and provides ongoing strategic advice to many of the firm’s private and listed companies.

Max has a keen interest in the technology sector, and is passionate about helping early stage technology companies communicate their growth stories.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Max worked at communications firm Edelman, where he specialised in crisis management and corporate communications. During this time, he advised on high profile insolvencies, product recalls, legal disputes and a range of other complex situations.

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

0432 332 215

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Sahil Prasad

Director

Based in Sydney, Sahil brings more than a decade of experience in public policy, advocacy and stakeholder engagement to GRACosway’s clients. A lawyer by profession, Sahil has held advisory roles for national industry associations across the retail, agriculture and hospitality sectors.

Sahil has deep working knowledge of the NSW policy and political landscape, having worked as a senior ministerial advisor and policy director in the NSW Government, and in senior departmental roles. During his time in government, Sahil led policy development and stakeholder engagement programs across several portfolios including Trade and Investment, Environment and Planning.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Sahil was the Head of Policy and Advocacy for a national industry body, where he helped shape industry policy and legislation across all Australian jurisdictions. He has been a senior director at a peak body for shopping centre owners and managers and also worked at a peak agricultural body where he led the policy discussion between the cotton industry and the resources sector.

Sahil’s expertise also extends to political campaign development and implementation, having previously worked as a policy lead throughout a state election campaign in NSW.

Sahil is a graduate of UNSW, holding a Bachelor of Social Science and Policy and a Master of Arts (International Development). He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney.

0401 954 966

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Sandy Kay-Oswald

Director

Sandy is based in GRACosway’s Adelaide office. He works with clients across a range of industry sectors including resources, defence and telecommunication infrastructure delivery.

Sandy also works with a number of South Australian based not-for-profit enterprises, such as the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society. He previously held senior political and policy advisory positions in the Federal Government, working across policy portfolios including higher education, innovation and science, and defence industry.

Before joining a ministerial office, Sandy worked in the federal bureaucracy. His focus was on social policy, working on vocational education policy changes, indigenous higher education policy, and higher education reform. Prior to this, Sandy advised the South Australian Opposition on small business and exports policy.

Sandy also has experience advising on federal political campaigns. He completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) at the University of Adelaide.

0432 220 063

Level 5, 20 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

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Sarah Craig

Director

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience providing strategic corporate and financial communications advice to ASX-listed and non-listed local and international companies.

A former financial analyst and institutional stockbroker as well as a representative of the London Stock Exchange, Sarah has led national communications and investor relations programs for blue-chip clients and challenger brands in banking and financial services, technology, professional services, property, retail, tourism, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as for industry peak bodies.

Sarah’s work with GRACosway includes strategy development and implementation; investor relations; stakeholder and change communications; media engagement; corporate profiling and positioning; IPO and M&A communications; and issues and crisis communication and management.

She is deeply experienced in providing counsel to C-suite teams and boards for special or ongoing projects and is highly skilled at positioning clients as thought leaders in their fields.

Read more about Sarah’s appointment here.

0403 077 478

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Sharon Reid

Director of Practice Management

Sharon is part of GRACosway’s management team and plays a national role focused on strengthening the firm’s operations, systems and business practices. She works closely with colleagues to identify and progress opportunities to support the development of the firm, in line with strategic priorities.

Sharon works to design and implement strategies that will attract, engage, and develop employees, while strengthening collaboration and connectivity across the firm. Her role also involves managing central team functions, including the firm’s national research team and graduate program, along with a range of operational compliance processes.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Sharon worked in communications, research and project roles in the office of a South Australian Senator and in the higher education sector.

Sharon holds qualifications in Journalism, International Relations and Teaching from the University of South Australia.

0439 680 747

Level 5, 20 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

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Beth Shimmin

Associate Director – Digital Communications and Marketing

Beth is based in GRACosway’s Adelaide office where she provides marketing, design and business development support to colleagues across the firm. She also leads the firm’s brand and digital communications strategies.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Beth worked in senior marketing and communications roles across the arts, not-for-profit, tertiary education, and private sectors. She has also spent time in the elite sporting sphere as an athlete where she represented South Australia in netball and won an ANZ Championship with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts (English & Anthropology) from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Marketing from the University of South Australia where she is also currently completing a Master of Management.

0401 975 546

Level 5, 20 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

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Caroline Stanley

Associate Director

Based in GRACosway’s Sydney office, Caroline is a skilled corporate communicator and problem-solver with experience advising leading Australian corporations.

At GRACosway, Caroline has specialised in issues management, strategic media engagement and large-scale transaction support, with particular focus on retail, property and tourism sectors. She has worked closely with clients like Knight Frank Australia, Macquarie and Tourism Australia on developing and managing their corporate reputations.

Caroline Stanley joined GRACosway from the Virgin Australia Group, where she was responsible for managing media and brand reputation across a wide range of issues. At Virgin, Caroline’s role extended across the corporate, consumer and operational facets of the Group businesses and she was responsible for both internal and external communications. Caroline is particularly skilled in issues management and is highly regarded for her approach to solving problems relating to corporate and customer-facing issues.

Prior to her role at Virgin, Caroline worked at Clemenger BBDO where she gained detailed insights into brand strategy and the strategic challenges faced by national corporations.

Caroline has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Journalism) from Bond University.

0402 170 901

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Kirstin Payne

Associate Director

Based in Brisbane, Kirstin brings a diverse skillset and background to GRACosway, with her professional experience spanning government, media, communications, stakeholder relations, and crisis and reputation management.

Kirstin has deep working knowledge of the Queensland parliamentary and political landscape having worked as a senior research and media advisor to members of parliament. Throughout her time in government, she focused on policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications support particularly in the areas of transport and agriculture.

Most recently, Kirstin was the Head of Media and Communications at a corporate communications firm in Brisbane where she operated as a trusted advisor to some of Australia’s leading investment funds and ASX-listed companies. In this role, she provided clients with expert communications counsel across strategy development and execution, media relations, reputation/profile building, and issues and crisis management.

Previously, Kirstin held senior roles across several newsrooms in Queensland, including as a journalist, as the editor of a national industry publication, and as the assistant chief of staff at a News Corp daily newspaper.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Journalism/Arts (International Relations) from the University of Queensland.

0412 153 160

Level 3, 200 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

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Liam Nilon

Associate Director

Based in Sydney, Liam has more than a decade’s experience in politics, public affairs and campaigns. He works with clients on NSW and Federal matters for clients across a range of industries, with a strong interest in the financial services sector.

Liam provides complex policy analysis and insight to clients, with a particular focus on health, gaming, resources and financial services. Liam also works with clients who are preparing to appear before parliamentary and other public inquiries and drives the production of the firm’s weekly Financial Services Digest.

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 the NSW Transport Minister, NSW Opposition Leader and as an electorate officer for a NSW State MP.

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

0422 567 650

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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