Directors & senior staff

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Andrew Cox


Andrew has over two decades of political and communications experience, working primarily on Federal Government public policy issues and political campaigns.

As a Director in GRACosway’s Melbourne office, Andrew works with a range of clients across the defence, financial services and professional services sectors. Andrew is also the Secretary for the Australian Professional Government Relations Association.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Andrew served in senior political party administration and campaign director roles in Western Australia and Victoria.

He has also held senior ministerial and shadow ministerial adviser positions within the Federal Government, including media and policy roles across the portfolios of Immigration and Citizenship, Finance, Employment, and Communications. He also held a senior media and communications role in the United Kingdom.

Andrew started his career as a journalist in Victoria and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Deakin University, majoring in Journalism and Politics & Policy Studies.

0499 599 008

Level 3, 650 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141


Brendan Altadonna


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


Graham Campbell


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


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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Jinesh Patel


Jinesh is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and works with clients on policy and strategic solutions in relation to NSW and Federal Government matters. He works extensively with clients in relation to major projects, regulatory approvals, issues management, policy formulation and strategy.

Jinesh previously held political, media and policy advisory roles in the NSW Government, working in the areas of liquor, gaming, racing and transport. He also advised the NSW Opposition in the portfolios of tourism, and sports and recreation.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Jinesh worked as a Director at TAFE NSW, where he led a team that managed the provision of advice and briefings to government and other internal stakeholders. His role also included responsibility for media relations and internal communications across the organisation.

Jinesh holds a Bachelor of International Communication from Macquarie University.

0430 509 239

Level 21, 6 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Mary Andrew


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


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


Nick Xerakias


Nick’s broad-ranging political experience sees him provide GRACosway’s clients with strategy and policy advice primarily relating to federal government issues.

Nick previously served as a senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister. Prior to this, he served as a senior adviser in the Opposition Leader’s office covering a range of portfolio areas, including Resources and Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Agriculture and Water.

Earlier in his career, Nick worked as an adviser in the Federal Government in the Health, Immigration, Employment and Family and Community Services portfolios, and has experience in both federal and state political campaign management.

Nick has developed a deep and thorough understanding of the legislative process and in particular, matters relating to Senate processes. This extensive knowledge and experience enables Nick to effectively work through parliamentary and committee processes in order to achieve client outcomes.

Nick is a graduate of Monash University, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance and marketing.

Nick works with a variety of clients across a wide range of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, resources and health. Nick takes a leading role in the firm’s pro bono work through his role on the board of national charity, Red Nose.

0410 417 173

Level 3, 650 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

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Sandy Kay-Oswald


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


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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Sean Johnson


Sean works with clients on NSW and Federal Government issues. He has worked in various ministerial advisory roles to the Federal Government covering the Industry, Resources, Tourism and Treasury portfolios, and has also served as an adviser to the NSW Opposition.

Sean has broad policy experience across a diverse range of government and non-government sectors. He advises clients across financial services, property, planning, environment, innovation and industry policy, and pharmaceuticals.

Sean has also previously worked as a public policy adviser in both Sydney and London for private corporations involved in public private partnerships (PPPs) and government service delivery.

Sean holds a Master in International Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University.

0415 391 182

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