We are an award winning Corporate and Public Affairs team that specialises in corporate communications, executive coaching, government relations and crisis and issues management. The team is made up of experienced practitioners who work side-by-side with our clients’ ‘c‘ suite senior management and board members to ensure effective and informed decision-making.

Our experts draw on our global network of Powell Tate consultants to define and develop politically informed media and stakeholder relations campaigns. We provide clients with the political monitoring and intelligence gathering support in order to anticipate future challenges and opportunities.

We leverage our deep relationships with decision makers and influencers in order to assist our clients in building strong, successful relationships.

Our team can provide 24/7 crisis communications support and bring in international expertise from our global network when needed.

Ian RumsbyChief Strategy Officer, APAC & Chairman, Australia

Ian's Biography & Experience

Ian Rumsby is Chief Strategy Officer for the Asia Pacific region and Chairman of the agency’s Australia operations.

Previously, Ian was managing director of Weber Shandwick in Australia between 2002 and 2006. During Ian’s leadership, Weber Shandwick became one of Australia’s most awarded public relations agencies and recognised as a centre of excellence within the firm’s global network of 81 offices. In 2006, the firm was named Asia Pacific Agency Network of the Year by PRWeek.

Ian has worked across a range of client industries and business sectors where he continues to provide strategic counsel, leading the firm’s media training and strategic planning offer. He has extensive experience in the professional services, infrastructure, aviation, banking, telecommunications and automotive sectors. He is also recognised as an expert in non-government and trade association communications.

Previously, Ian worked throughout Europe with one of London’s largest public relations firms before being transferred to Sydney in 1998. Prior to that, he spent three years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm where he trained as a navigator and pilot respectively.

Ian was educated at Framlingham College and London University and is married with two children.

Jacquelynne WillcoxExecutive Vice President - Managing Director, Australia

Jacquelynne's Biography & Experience

Jacquelynne Willcox leads Australia’s multi award winning Corporate & Public Affairs firm.  Jacquelynne has considerable experience in the management of complex policy reform, influencing legislation, government relations, corporate profiling, litigation communications and crisis and issues management.

Jacquelynne is Deputy Chair of the board of Australia’s leading think tank, The Sydney Institute and is a trustee of CEDA, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Jacquelynne is a former television, radio and newspaper journalist.  She has produced and directed television documentaries and is the author of two successful books.

Alistair NicholasExecutive Vice President - Director, Special Projects

Alistair's Biography & Experience

Alistair J. Nicholas is Executive Vice President – Director, Special Projects at Powell Tate Australia. Alistair’s 25-years-plus career covers Australia, the United States and China; and includes senior positions in public affairs agency and in-house roles, in political advice, in government and diplomacy, and in journalism.

From 2000 until 2013 Alistair was based in Beijing, China, where he provided strategic advice to a range of companies including many Global Fortune 500 companies, and to the Chinese government and foreign government embassies and agencies on a range of public affairs, government relations and crisis management issues. He headed up the Corporate and Public Affairs Practices of Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate’s sister firm for the Asia Pacific Region from 2011 prior to returning to Australia.

Before moving to China, Alistair was the Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for promoting Australian business and trade interests to the World Bank and United Nations.

Earlier in his career Alistair worked in Australia in senior corporate communications and public affairs roles, political advice, journalism, and public policy. He was policy and media advisor to several senior Liberal and National Party Shadow Ministers covering the trade portfolio.

Alistair currently also acts as Honorary Media Counsel for the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce; he is a member of the Education Committee of the Australia-China Business Council; and, he is a member of the private sector advisory board to Macquarie University’s China Business Research Network.

Alistair holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.