A collaborative approach to delivering complete solutions for our clients.

GRA Partners’ team of senior consultants come from varied backgrounds, such as elected government, senior ministerial advisory roles, journalism and corporate communications.

GRA Partners also has a team of experienced research and policy analysts who carry out a variety of tasks to support each client engagement, which may include undertaking political and policy analysis, developing issue-specific research briefs and providing ongoing media monitoring services.

A strongly collaborative culture means our team bring a unique blend of political and commercial expertise to each client project where a comprehensive government relations and corporate communications strategy is required.

The Team

Jason Marocchi

Jason Marocchi

Managing Partner

Jason Marocchi was appointed Managing Partner of GRA Partners in February 2016 after playing an integral role in the growth of the business since joining in 2008. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm.

Jason has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues at a State and Federal level. He also provides specialist media and communications advice and support to clients on complex, controversial and high-profile matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a journalist, public relations consultant and senior political adviser. He worked as a senior media adviser for several State Liberal leaders in Western Australia and played key communications roles for the WA Liberal Party at numerous Federal and State elections.

Jason has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University in Perth. He is a board member of GRACosway, GRA Partners’ national partner, the WA Sports Federation, the State’s peak representative body for sport and recreation, and Perth private boys school Trinity College.

jason@grapartners.com.au

0421 005 765

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Chairman

Eric Ripper provides a valuable insight into government, politics and public policy in Western Australia.

Eric had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.

From 2001 to 2008 Eric was Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA, engaging in the reform of State taxes and government procurement, the implementation of competition policy; as well as overseeing the development and management of eight State budgets. Eric was also responsible for WA’s participation in recognising the native title rights of Aboriginal people.

As Energy Minister, he implemented a major electricity reform program, including a competitive electricity market, and in the State Development portfolio, Eric negotiated on large LNG and iron ore projects.

Eric was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia, for his service to the people and Parliament of WA, particularly for his work on budgetary reform, native title policy and energy sector developments.

He is a non-Executive Director of the Fairbridge Festival and regularly presents to the business and community sectors on WA and Australian public policy issues.

eric@grapartners.com.au

0417 987 550

Amanda Reid

Amanda Reid

Partner

Partner Amanda Reid joined the business in 2009 with a strong background in government relations and communications having worked as a senior advisor in State Government, for national government relations firms, as well as in corporate public relations.

Amanda is highly experienced in shaping and delivering outcomes for clients by utilising all aspects of business acumen including commercial, regulatory, political and community. She has worked with clients across a large cross-section of industry sectors in procurement, infrastructure projects, delivery of government projects and services, business-to-business facilitation; and policy and regulatory changes.

She has previously advised WA Labor Premiers and Ministers, as well as senior Federal Labor politicians. She was also responsible for managing a strategic communications unit in the Gallop Labor Government.

With a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Journalism and Politics from Curtin University, Amanda has also completed the AICD Company Directors Course.

She is board secretary of GRA Partners as well as a board member of GRACosway, GRA Partner’s national partner. Amanda is also board chair of Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, an independent WA public school offering courses in Years 11 and 12.

amanda@grapartners.com.au

0424 839 062

Patrick Fagan

Patrick Fagan

Director

Having worked as a Senior Adviser in the Gillard and Rudd Federal Labor Governments, Patrick Fagan provides significant political and strategic experience to the GRA Partners team.

Patrick has provided advice to government across a number of key portfolios, including energy, resources, ICT, the public sector, electoral policy and Northern Australia; and was an adviser to the Minister for Resources and Energy.

Patrick also worked as a government relations adviser to South32 and previously advised the Kimberley Development Commission on the Miriuwung Gajerrong Ord Enhancement Scheme. He was also a founding member of Timor Leste Vision, a NFP promoting rural education projects in Timor Leste.

Patrick holds a Master of Community Development from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and history) from the University of WA.

patrick@grapartners.com.au

0439 568 402

Nathan Quigley

Nathan Quigley

Director

Nathan brings more than 20 years combined international experience in public relations and corporate communications to GRA Partners.

Through senior communications consultancy and government roles in Australia and the United Kingdom he offers strong media, stakeholder and issues management expertise. He has worked across a diverse range of industries from agribusiness, corrective services, health promotion, land development and transport infrastructure, through to food and retail.

Throughout his career, Nathan has provided communications advice and services to corporate executives encountering highly sensitive operational matters. He has extensive experience in the management of complex issues and projects from development, construction and through to operation.

Prior to joining GRA Partners, Nathan worked as the Corrective Services’ Media Manager for the WA Department of Justice, has held director positions at national communications firms and was previously the communications manager for a $1bn rail station redevelopment in London.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University and a Certificate in Engagement (Australasia) from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

nathan@grapartners.com.au

0478 738 919

 

Liz Nedela-Campbell

Liz Nedela-Campbell

Associate Director

Liz Nedela-Campbell brings strong political experience and understanding to GRA Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Liz worked as a Political Advisor for the US Department of State serving in their Perth Consulate. She liaised with Washington DC and the US Embassy in Canberra providing advice on state and federal politics, defence issues, US-Australian relations and cultural nuances.

Liz also has significant experience in politics at both a WA and Federal level having previously worked for a number of Members of Parliament and a Federal Minister. She has strong experience in community engagement, event management, campaigning and fundraising.

Liz has also spent time in the higher education sector working for three WA universities where she developed a comprehensive understanding of the unique structure and needs of the Australian tertiary sector.

With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International Studies; Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from Murdoch University, Liz also has a Graduate Diploma in Education from Notre Dame.

liz@grapartners.com.au

0400 301 423

Tess Randall

Tess Randall

Associate Director

Tess joined the GRA Partners team after working for more than four years with the Foreign Minister and Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party.

Managing the Minister’s electorate office, Tess gained a wealth of political, policy and campaign experience and worked closely with a number of other Federal Ministerial offices and Members of Parliament both in Perth and Canberra.

Prior to her role with the Foreign Minister, Tess worked for several other Members of Parliament. Working on grassroots projects and assisting electors on a wide range of issues, Tess developed strong community engagement and strategic campaign experience.

In addition to her eight years experience in political offices, Tess holds a Bachelor of Arts, studying Political Science and Italian at the University of Western Australia. She has also studied Italian language and culture at one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

tess@grapartners.com.au

0409 306 689

Kareece Broadway

Kareece Broadway

Office Manager

Kareece Broadway has led the office administrative team within GRA Partners since 2011.

Kareece has extensive senior experience working within professional service firms, providing high quality office management, client support and assistance to executive staff.

Prior to working with GRA Partners, Kareece was an Executive Assistant to multiple senior partners at a global service firm, with a focus on several sectors including government. She has studied European languages and Human Resource Management.

kareece@grapartners.com.au

0408 928 075

The Board

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Chairman

Eric Ripper provides a valuable insight into government, politics and public policy in Western Australia.

Eric had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.

From 2001 to 2008 Eric was Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA, engaging in the reform of State taxes and government procurement, the implementation of competition policy; as well as overseeing the development and management of eight State budgets. Eric was also responsible for WA’s participation in recognising the native title rights of Aboriginal people.

As Energy Minister, he implemented a major electricity reform program, including a competitive electricity market, and in the State Development portfolio, Eric negotiated on large LNG and iron ore projects.

Eric was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia, for his service to the people and Parliament of WA, particularly for his work on budgetary reform, native title policy and energy sector developments.

He is a non-Executive Director of the Fairbridge Festival and regularly presents to the business and community sectors on WA and Australian public policy issues.

eric@grapartners.com.au

0417 987 550

Jason Marocchi

Jason Marocchi

Managing Partner

Jason Marocchi was appointed Managing Partner of GRA Partners in February 2016 after playing an integral role in the growth of the business since joining in 2008. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm.

Jason has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues at a State and Federal level. He also provides specialist media and communications advice and support to clients on complex, controversial and high-profile matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a journalist, public relations consultant and senior political adviser. He worked as a senior media adviser for several State Liberal leaders in Western Australia and played key communications roles for the WA Liberal Party at numerous Federal and State elections.

Jason has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University in Perth. He is a board member of GRACosway, GRA Partners’ national partner, the WA Sports Federation, the State’s peak representative body for sport and recreation, and Perth private boys school Trinity College.

jason@grapartners.com.au

0421 005 765

Amanda Reid

Amanda Reid

Partner

Partner Amanda Reid joined the business in 2009 with a strong background in government relations and communications having worked as a senior advisor in State Government, for national government relations firms, as well as in corporate public relations.

Amanda is highly experienced in shaping and delivering outcomes for clients by utilising all aspects of business acumen including commercial, regulatory, political and community. She has worked with clients across a large cross-section of industry sectors in procurement, infrastructure projects, delivery of government projects and services, business-to-business facilitation; and policy and regulatory changes.

She has previously advised WA Labor Premiers and Ministers, as well as senior Federal Labor politicians. She was also responsible for managing a strategic communications unit in the Gallop Labor Government.

With a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Journalism and Politics from Curtin University, Amanda has also completed the AICD Company Directors Course.

She is board secretary of GRA Partners as well as a board member of GRACosway, GRA Partner’s national partner. Amanda is also board chair of Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, an independent WA public school offering courses in Years 11 and 12.

amanda@grapartners.com.au

0424 839 062

Hon John Dawkins AO

Hon John Dawkins AO

Non-Executive Director

GRACosway’s Co-Chair John Dawkin’s extensive contribution to Australian public life and policy development over three decades equips him with unique insight and perspective.

John served for 18 years in the House of Representatives for the Australian Labor Party and from 1983 to 1994, was a member of the governments of both Bob Hawke and Paul Keating as Finance Minister, Trade Minister, Employment, Education and Training Minister, and finally, Treasurer.

John left politics in 1994 to pursue a career in business and since that time, a number of Australian and overseas businesses have sought his advice on strategic issues, especially relating to trade and investment. John is frequently asked to advise international agencies and has previously provided counsel to the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

John also holds board appointments with several public and private organisations, including Sovereign Gold Ltd (chair) and the Trustee Board of Cbus Super (independent director), which has more than $20 billion in assets under management.

In 2000, John was a made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the reform of international trade as Foundation Chairman of the Cairns Group, the reform of the federal budget, education and training, and to the Australian Parliament.

Geoff Elliott

Geoff Elliott

Non-Executive Director

Geoff Elliott is GRACosway’s Joint Managing Partner, Corporate and Financial Communications. He is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and is jointly responsible for overseeing the firm’s corporate and financial communications practice.

Geoff provides clients with insight and advice on strategic media engagement based on more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and international journalism as a former business editor, media editor and Washington correspondent at The Australian.

Before joining the firm, Geoff also hosted the Australian Business show on Sky and was a regular commentator on radio.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia.

Les Timar

Les Timar

Non-Executive Director

Les Timar is CEO and a Founding Partner of GRACosway, with responsibility for the overall management and strategic development of the firm, as well as jointly overseeing its Public Affairs practice.

He is one of Australia’s most experienced public affairs practitioners, providing counsel to clients across a broad range of industries in relation to public policy, legislative change, regulatory approvals and government inquiry processes at both federal and state levels.

Les broadly contributes to client strategies, in addition to directly managing a number of longstanding client relationships and the firm’s work with several private equity and investment fund clients.

A lawyer by training, Les previously held a senior position with an Australian property and infrastructure development company. He also served as a senior ministerial adviser to the NSW Coalition Government in the early 1990s.

Les is a director of Clemenger Group, the parent company of GRACosway, and the firm’s affiliated Perth business, GRA Partners. He also currently serves as President of the Australian Professional Government Relations Association (APGRA), the national professional body for government relations practitioners.