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 a Management Committee Member of the Australian Professional Government Relations Association.

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

Stacey Molloy

Stacey Molloy

Director - Corporate Communications

Stacey brings a wealth of strategic communication, PR, media and issue management experience to GRA Partners. She has a strong track record of success, and a practical, direct strategic insight and flair for effective communication backed by sound strategy.

Stacey has led successful communication and stakeholder teams and scopes across Government, for corporate clients, as a public relations professional, a senior journalist and media manager, and most recently in charge of Corporate Communications for a major WA university.

In recent years she has been in demand as a public relations leader with high level skills in comprehensive integrated strategic communication planning, acute issue and crisis coordination, cross-platform media and content management, and corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations advice. Stacey is highly regarded in the industry for her inclusive and collaborative work style and her results driven communication coordination and activation.

She has achieved significant career success as a senior and award-winning journalist for The West Australian and has led senior communication roles across the WA Government.

As a public relations professional working for leading WA firms and as an independent consultant, Stacey has worked on a range of strategic scopes for major corporates and organisations across sectors including: aged care, construction, energy, resources, health, social services, emergency services, NFP charity, education, and Local and State Government.

Stacey has an extensive Australia-wide corporate, media and government relations network holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Literature) from the University of Western Australia.

stacey@grapartners.com.au

0423 974 149

 

Liz Vivian

Liz Vivian

Associate Director

Liz Vivian brings a clear understanding of the complex agendas and policies that shape the relationship between business and government to GRA Partners. Over the last 20 years she has advised WA Labor Government Ministers and worked as a senior consultant for a national government relations firm.

Through her work managing contentious policy initiatives, Liz is highly skilled in engaging stakeholders, government and the community in decision making to achieve successful outcomes.

She has worked as a research and strategy adviser representing clients in the health, mining and local government sectors.

Liz’s policy areas of interest include education and health and she spent many years providing health care as a registered nurse. Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics from La Trobe University.

liz.vivian@grapartners.com.au

0416 324 090

Tania Durlik

Tania Durlik

Associate Director Communications

Tania Durlik has more than 20 years professional experience in corporate communications and journalism with specialist content production, strategy, media and communications skills.

Most recently she has held senior roles in media, communications and audio visual production with the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA. She coordinated and managed media events for the Department, and undertook media liaison, communications strategy, and content development across a range of internal and external channels. Issue and crisis management communication scopes spanned bushfire alerts, public safety, coronial inquests, court proceedings and more.

In 2020 Tania also worked with the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet as their Senior Content Officer for COVID-19 Communications. She prepared content for websites and digital platforms to support the State’s communications, provided communications and content for the WA Recovery Plan.

Tania’s earlier career was as a journalist, reporting and news reading with leading WA radio stations Southern Cross Austereo, NOVA 93.7 and DMG Radio Australia. She was also a reporter and feature writer for Community Newspapers.

tania.durlik@grapartners.com.au

0421 454 864

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

Luke Hutcheson

Luke Hutcheson

Associate

Luke joined GRA Partners after most recently working with the University of Western Australia’s Modern Slavery and Ethical Procurement team.

He also spent time working for a human rights organisation in Jakarta, Indonesia where he gained valuable knowledge on democracy in the Indo-Pacific and Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.

Luke has previously volunteered with non-profit organisations focused on youth outreach and community development including the UWA-based Ignite Mentoring and Amnesty International’s schools outreach program.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, and is currently studying a Master of International Law at the University of Western Australia.

luke.hutcheson@grapartners.com.au

0432 391 535

Luke O’Donnell

Luke O’Donnell

Associate

Luke O’Donnell joined GRA Partners after graduating from Murdoch University with a Master of International Affairs and Security.

Throughout his most recent studies he developed a strong interest in public policy development processes, along with rising geoeconomic propensities in the contemporary international arena.

During his time at Murdoch University, he also had the opportunity to intern in the public sector.

In addition to his Masters, Luke also holds a Bachelor of Legal Studies accompanied by a Minor in Politics from Murdoch University, and a Diploma of Law Enforcement from the Central Institute of Technology in Northbridge.

luke.odonnell@grapartners.com.au

0407 486 877

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

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 a Management Committee Member of the Australian Professional Government Relations Association.

amanda@grapartners.com.au

0424 839 062

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 is CEO and a Founding Partner of GRACosway, with responsibility for the overall management and strategic development of the firm.

As one of Australia’s most experienced public affairs practitioners, Les provides 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 leading 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 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 as well its New Zealand subsidiary GRC Partners.

Les was one of the founders of the Australian Professional Government Relations Association (APGRA) in 2014 and served as its President from 2015 to 2018. In December 2019, APGRA conferred life membership on Les for his service to the organisation and the profession.