A long time ago…26 years ago to be precise, I first met John Wells.  He was the press secretary to then leader of the opposition and later, Prime Minister John Howard.

At that time, I was the member for the most marginal federal seat in the Australian Parliament – Bass in Tasmania.

When John left the mad house of Federal Parliament, he started his own consulting business – Jackson Wells with Keith Jackson.  They became an enduring partnership and built a very good business.

When I left politics and became the first Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, I asked John to help me launch the TIO. That was 20 years ago.

Ever since then, John and his team have worked closely with me in many business roles – at Macquarie Bank and now at Australian Capital Equity and ANZ, to provide sound strategic communications advice and wise counsel on all things relating to Public Relations and issues management.

John has since left Jackson Wells and started a new business, Wells Haslem which boasts members of the old Jackson Wells team.  They are a lean and capable outfit and provide great communications advice, issues management and government relations advice.

Well done John and his team.