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Nicolas Turner FPRIA LMPRIA

Executive Chairman

Nicolas has more than 30 years experience as a journalist and public relations practitioner in Tasmania. A former journalist with the State’s major daily newspaper, the Mercury, he worked Statewide covering State and Federal politics, industrial relations, rural affairs and sport. As Managing Director of the consultancy, Nicolas maintains extensive contacts in business, government and media, both in Tasmania and interstate. He manages the full range of communication programs on behalf of the consultancy’s clients and provides strategic communication advice to major business in the public and private sector. He consults to enterprises involved in tourism, primary production, employment services, sport and recreation, energy distribution and retail, local government, road safety and advocacy, public transport, building and construction and racing. Nicolas also oversees the consultancy’s media skills training program.

Nicolas has won numerous awards for excellence at both a state and national level for the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and was one of the first young practitioners in the profession in Tasmania to win the coveted Young Practitioner of the Year award, which was in his first year with the consultancy. He is a former National and Tasmanian President of the PRIA, the profession’s peak body for communication specialists. He is also a Fellow and Life Member of the institute.

Outside the business, he is Chairman of Queen Vic Care, Director of Cricket Tasmania and a Life Member of the OHA Hockey Club.

Adrian Smith

Managing Director

Adrian has spent the past 15 years as a marketing and communications manager with some of Tasmania’s most iconic brands including Chickenfeed Bargain Stores, Hazell Bros, TasWater and Ten Days on the Island.

Adrian started his career in copywriting and creative advertising and moved into the retail sector, delivering hundreds of television, catalogue, print, direct mail and point of sale campaigns.

Having worked in very large organisations, he has a strong interest in change management and internal communications practices, having created dozens of people focused communications to diverse workforces across Tasmania.

He has strategic and tactical experience in crisis communications, media management, stakeholder relations and community engagement from working with large infrastructure projects and public utilities major asset upgrades.

With 15 years of senior management and executive experience, Adrian has sound business judgment and is quick to understand a business, its customers and key stakeholders. He has delivered many successful business-to-business marketing and communications campaigns across a multitude of sectors including construction, concrete, quarrying and water and the arts.

His broad skills in marketing and communications support the entire team at Corporate Communications.

Adrian is a passionate Tasmanian and lived and worked across the state his whole life. He is Chairman of the Blue Cow Theatre Company and provides pro bono marketing and communications support to Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania and The Reclink Community Cup.

 

Craig Harding BEc Dip E.M FAMI CPM

Marketing Director

Craig has extensive marketing experience, working in the discipline for more than 21 years, with international exposure working in Australia and the UK. He has managed campaigns for a variety of clients including State and Commonwealth Government Departments and small to medium-sized private enterprises. His marketing experience encompasses the broad range of marketing-related mechanisms including brand positioning strategies, brand image development, producing advertising and marketing collateral, such as script and copy writing, media planning, pre and post campaign research and analysis, sponsorship direction and project management.

Craig has worked across a variety of industries and sectors including fast moving consumer goods, financial and professional services, health and fitness, food and beverage, industrial supplies, tourism, racing, publishing, social policy and government services and logistics.

Craig has an intricate knowledge of the Tasmanian media ensuring campaigns efficiently and effectively reach their intended target audiences, while also using global online advertising networks to access web site and smartphone advertising space inventory through a significant range of global and local online publishers. While the access is through global ad networks the approach ensures ultra local targeting.

Craig, who manages the consultancy’s marketing division, has undertaken numerous buyer behaviour and customer satisfaction surveys for a range of clients, providing a strong platform for strategic marketing planning and direction.

Craig worked overseas as a product manager for two key food distribution companies in the United Kingdom, introducing new marketing programs and initiatives that resulted in significant sales increases for both companies. Prior to working overseas, Craig was brand manager for Aquatas Pty Ltd (now Tassal Ltd) where he was responsible for the company’s brand development strategies.

Nathaniel Hiller BEc, Assoc. Dip. Art

Creative Director

Nathaniel has more than 20 years commercial advertising and design experience working with multinational, national and local clients. He is a strategic thinker who loves the big idea and has won a number of advertising awards.

He has worked across a spectrum of industries focusing on business to business, business to consumer, government and publishing.

He has extensive experience overseeing creative development, graphic design, advertising and marketing services. He has produced quality publications, advertisements, promotions and marketing collateral from initial concept development, design, layout and photography through to finished art, pre-press and print production. He has also overseen the design of websites, and has experience in writing, producing and directing radio and television commercials.

Nathaniel has worked as a graphic designer, commercial producer, copywriter and art director at advertising agencies in Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. Working agency side has given Nat broad insight into some of the Australia’s biggest companies, brands and businesses and has a broad range of campaigns under his belt.

Clients he has worked with include News Limited, Career One, Realestate.com.au, True Local, One Degree, Carsguide, Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government, Nufarm, Crop Care, ABB Grain, BASF, ACMC Pipes, The Age, Cascade, Aurora, Mercedes Benz and Subaru.

With art and design in his blood, Nathaniel loves to create visual strategies that work – he combines his purist creative side with true business acumen, and in the process delivers exceptional creative solutions tied to business objectives.

Ali Brennan  BA (Hons), Grad.Cert.Mkt

Account Director

Ali has 20 years of advertising agency experience including running her own marketing and advertising consultancy for the last seven.

After starting her working life with the now deceased News of the World newspaper in London, Ali arrived on the beaches of Perth to launch her career into the advertising industry. (A sensible move with an honours degree in Italian Studies.)

Starting out with assisting with the brand creation for Little Creatures Brewing and advertising campaigns for Dome Coffees, Ali moved to Tasmania 15 years ago and over the years has worked with a wide range of clients, across industries such as finance, tourism, retail, resources, mental health, community health and government.

Work has varied from writing marketing plans for small business, to managing large corporate re-brands, and planning and managing million dollar advertising budgets.

Ali loves process and efficiency. She uses her skills to concentrate on providing quality outcomes with outstanding and intelligent account service, She excels in managing complex projects that have numerous owners, fixed budgets and challenging deadlines. She has indepth knowledge of creative process across all areas of marketing and advertising.

She has volunteered for Guide Dogs Tasmania as a puppy boarder and currently sits on the Board for Blueline Laundry.

Alisa Burgess

Office Manager

Alisa is our Office Manager and accounts guru. With up-to-date skills in MYOB accounting software, Alisa has 15 years experience in accounts receivable/payable, processing and payment of staff payroll and superannuation, customer invoices, cash handling and EFTPOS transactions. Also, and perhaps most importantly, she is the first point of contact for Corporate Communications’ clients and suppliers, manages the office inventory and is integral to the smooth running of the day-to-day activities of the practice.

Her previous positions have included accounts supervisor, accounts officer, bookkeeping and management consultant, as well as various administrative roles.

Lisa Jekimovics

Design and Media Consultant

Lisa joined Corporate Communications in 2003 and has worked in a variety of roles.

Her principal responsibility is as the consultancy’s design and media consultant. Lisa brings an important skillset to our team. She provides design and creative advice to clients for advertising projects, newsletter layout, annual reports and web design.

Lisa works closely with creative director Nathaniel Hiller, allowing the consultancy to provide the full range of design services in-house.

Lisa designs and lays out the consultancy’s three community newspapers, client newsletters and provides internal IT support to consultants. Manages the three community newspaper website and Facebook accounts and clients projects, including events, as required.

Louise Langdon

Advertising Sales Executive

Louise sells print advertising for the consultancy’s publications division in the monthly publications; Glenorchy Gazette, Eastern Shore Sun and the Hobart Observer newspapers, as well as the quarterly Prime Times supplement in the January, April, July and October editions, targeting an older audience.

Louise comes to us after more than 10 years at the Mercury newspaper; initially starting as a territory representative with a main focus on developing business in the CBD area, then moving on to overseeing the Realestate Guide.  During her time at the Mercury she was nominated for a national NewsCorp award for excellence in customer service.

Prior to this, Louise travelled abroad for 2 years and upon her return worked as a Travel Consultant for Flight Centre.

 

Madison Jones BA(Hons)

Public Relations Consultant

Madison graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree, majoring in Journalism, Media and Communications.

Madison completed her thesis focusing on road safety advertising, social media and the evolving methods of public health messaging in the digital age with first class honours.

She was awarded the University of Tasmania’s Murray Todd prize in recognition of her high academic achievement, and as the student with the greatest proficiency in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours course in the Faculty of Arts.

At Corporate Communications, Madison is editorial manager for the consultancy’s monthly Glenorchy Gazette, Eastern Shore Sun and Hobart Observer newspapers, as well as the newspapers’ quarterly Prime Times supplement targeting an older demographic.

She also works with the consultancy’s public relations clients on written communication tasks, including client newsletters and preparation of media materials.

Trent Arnold B. Media, Majors in Strategic Comms & Marketing

Marketing Consultant

Trent has built a diverse skill set in communications, which has seen him work as a key member of the consultancy’s team and provide marketing consultation to a range of CCTAS’ clients across government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Trent’s previous experience working for the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet has given him a sound understanding of government communication processes and sensitivities, ensuring he provides sound communication strategy recommendations and advice to the  consultancy’s range of Tasmanian Government clients.

Trent primarily works in the digital marketing space developing and implementing strategic online communication plans for a number of clients, including Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service’s Three Capes Track, Department of Health’s flu immunisation awareness campaign, Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Australia Day campaigns, Department of Education’s school re-development community consultation campaigns and Department of Premier and Cabinet’s bushfire recovery grants program.

Trent’s true passion lies in social media and digital marketing, which he continually reviews and researches to maintain a market leading understanding.  These platforms provide Trent with the ability to deliver bespoke strategies that are fresh, targeted, performance benchmarked and above all effective in achieving clients’ marketing objectives in the ever-evolving online world.

Connor Munnings BA(Hons)

Cadet Consultant

Connor graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, majoring in Journalism, Media and Communications.

He received first class Honours on his thesis that investigated media representations of gender in domestic violence cases in the Australian National Rugby League, discussing whether sporting media perpetuated or challenged notions of hegemonic masculinity.

Connor has had previous experience in delivering media content in both print and broadcast format as a contributing writer for the Mercury newspaper and as a current host of ‘The Penalty Box’ on Edge Radio 99.3FM.

Having a keen interest in community matters, Connor provides editorial content for the consultancy’s monthly publications of the Glenorchy Gazette, Eastern Shore Sun and Hobart Observer.

He also works with the consultancy’s public relations clients on written communications tasks, including client newsletters and preparation of media materials.