Quality Results From A Talented Team

Our people come from backgrounds spanning public relations, journalism, financial markets and government, in Australia, Asia and Europe, bringing a depth and breadth of communications experience to every client strategy. Supporting the team is a network of specialist consultants and affiliates, providing our clients with niche expertise and extended geographical reach where required. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to our team, so please contact us today to discuss how Sefiani can work with you.

Delivering successful outcomes for your organisation is at the core of our professional practice. Our Directors guide the ongoing development of the business and are active in every client account. They provide leadership to the broader team to deliver you multi-layered perspectives, industry insight, business and political savvy, trustworthy advice, and influential networks.

Meet Our Directors And Senior Advisory Panel

Robyn Sefiani

Chairman and CEO

Robyn established Sefiani Communications Group in 1999 with the goal of being a world’s best practice public relations firm, providing corporate leaders with highly effective communications counsel and services through a dedicated, personal approach.

With over 30 years’ experience, Robyn has advised some of Australia’s and the world’s leading companies in strategic communications and issues and crisis management. Prior to Sefiani, Robyn was President of the South Asia region of global public relations firm Edelman, and responsible for the company’s operations in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia and an affiliate network spanning 14 major cities in Asia-Pacific. She was also on the global Board of Edelman.

Robyn graduated with Distinction from Charles Sturt University. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and served for many years on the board of Special Olympics Australia.

Nick Owens

Director

Nick leads the firm’s Public Affairs and Investor Relations practices, providing strategic communications counsel to clients in the financial services, health insurance, energy, government and education sectors. He advises on issues and crisis management assignments across Sefiani’s client portfolio, and has a strong understanding of the interplay between government, industry and financial markets.

Prior to joining Sefiani, Nick held a senior role with a global public relations consultancy in Tokyo, working with multinational clients including General Electric, GE Capital, British Telecommunications, Microsoft, British Airways and Qantas. He previously worked in the media and public affairs team of Austrade, the export promotion arm of the Australian Government.

He obtained an Honours Degree in Physics at the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from RMIT University.

Sarah Craig

Director

Sarah leads the Corporate Communications practice at Sefiani where she manages national stakeholder communications programs for blue-chip clients in the banking and financial services, retail, property and human capital sectors. Formerly a London-based financial analyst and institutional stockbroker, Sarah has 20 years’ international experience as a senior communications practitioner, specialising in financial and business communications, investor relations, brand reputation and employee communications.

Sarah’s seasoned communications counsel has supported some of Australia’s largest transactions, including: Qantas IPO; and ICI PLC’s sale of its Australian asset, Orica.  In recent years, she has managed IR programs for several large ASX-listed corporations, including Capral, McGuigan Wines, Thakral Holdings Group and Customers Limited.

Sarah has an SII certification in Investment Management, Securities and Financial Derivatives, UKSIP Investment Management.

Senior Advisory Panel

In addition to our in-house team of talented consultants, we also work with a number of long-term trusted senior advisers. Our panel consists of specialists and experts from diverse industries and professional backgrounds and our clients have the benefit of access to their knowledge and expertise. These include:

Sandy Belford

Senior Advisor, Brand strategy and identity specialist

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Sandy is an independent branding consultant with over 30 years’ experience consulting in brand strategy and brand identity, initially in London and, for the last 17 years, as a director of Principals branding agency in Sydney. He has twice worked client side, as corporate communications manager for international manufacturing firms in the UK. In Australia since 1998, he has worked with some of Australia’s leading marketing professionals on some of their most complex brand challenges and led award-winning branding projects for consumer and business-to-business brands in financial services, government (federal, state and local), universities, professional services and not-for-profits.

Christine Heard

Media Trainer …………. ………… ………………………

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With a background as a journalist and communications specialist at the ABC, SBS and various private news organisations spanning more than 20 years, Christine is an accredited media trainer, and is well-placed to guide clients in preparation for interviews, message development, handling tricky questions and responding to crises.

Harold Shapiro

Senior Advisor, Investor Relations

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With over 40 years of stockbroking experience in Australia, South Africa and the United States and as founder and former Managing Director of Shaw Stockbroking, Harold has a wealth of expertise in capital markets. He was voted Stockbroker of the Year and a Member of the Australian Stockbrokers’ Hall of Fame by the Australian Stockbroking Foundation in 2009.

With his vast knowledge and experience in capital markets, Harold is well placed to assist clients seeking to connect with institutional fund managers, stockbrokers & research analysts.

Robert Luttrell

Crisis and Issues Management Specialist

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Robert Luttrell is an independent corporate communications consultant who has worked with Sefiani on a number of projects dating back to 2003.

A lawyer by training, Robert has over 25 years’ international experience in issues & crisis management, investor relations and media training.

Prior to establishing his own consulting practice, he was Director of Issues & Crisis Management at Edelman and at The Rowland Company and before that Head of Corporate Affairs at Prudential, the UK insurer.

Jane Jordan

High-Stakes Communication, Expert Facilitation

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An award winning communication management consultant, Jane has international experience spanning 30 years in high-stakes communication. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Four Highly Effective Stages of Crisis Management: How to manage the media in the digital age, featuring Jane’s groundbreaking approach to crisis management which Sefiani clients have access to.

As a Master Trainer and Coach, Jane achieves unrivaled results from adult learners, and as a facilitator, she is a dynamic, flexible and pragmatic leader and approaches everything she does with a great deal of flair, enthusiasm and passion.

Shane Allison

Senior Advisor, Innovation …………. ……… ………..

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Shane Allison is an innovative and entrepreneurial communicator who, after almost four years with Sefiani, most recently as Client Services Director, co-founded technology start-up Public Address, a media relations platform to help PR professionals engage more effectively with busy journalists. Public Address is being beta tested with great results by Sefiani and continues to be developed and enhanced. Shane was recognised as Mumbrella CommsCon PR Professional of the Year 2018 and received the Mumbrella neXt Award for PR Talent in 2019 recognising his contribution to the evolution of the media and public relations professions.

Dianne Davis

Marketing Strategy and Brand Adviser

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Dianne’s strategy and marketing career spans more than 25 years in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. She has built a reputation within the Australian market as one of the foremost practitioners in professional and financial services marketing – with specialist expertise in marketing strategy, business development and branding. Dianne has consulted to many of Australia’s and the world’s leading professional and financial services organisations on marketing and brand strategy, including KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Commonwealth Bank, St.George Bank and Computershare.

Dianne has worked closely with Sefiani for a number of years, especially in the areas of brand differentiation and marketing strategy for professional service firms.