John Wells, Chairman

For the past 21 Years John was a founding partner and senior consultant in one of Australia’s leading public relations companies, Jackson Wells.

Prior to that John’s career embraced journalism at the most senior levels in Australia and overseas. He has extensive experience in media management in both television and radio, has provided policy advice to Federal political leaders and offers public affairs consulting.

Benjamin Haslem, CEO

Benjamin has 20 years’ experience in the media.

Ben worked at Jackson Wells for nine years, where he managed and worked on complex projects and became a Director and CEO. Ben possesses an acute understanding of mainstream media, having spent the best part of a decade working for The Australian newspaper in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Ben has lectured students from the City University of Hong Kong on public relations and government affairs. Immediately before joining Jackson Wells, Ben was The Australian newspaper’s High Court correspondent and regularly acted as Chief-of-Staff at the Sydney Bureau. From 1999-2002, he was based in the Parliamentary press gallery in Canberra.

Alexandra Mayhew, Partner

Alexandra has over six years’ experience in the public relations industry and a communications degree from Charles Sturt University.

Alexandra previously: was an Account Manager at Jackson Wells; headed up marketing and media at a sports publishing company; and worked with a consumer public relations consultancy.

Alexandra is the National Vice Convenor of the United Nations Association of Australia Young Professionals.

Kerry Sibraa, Special Counsel

Kerry’s career has embraced the highest levels of Australian political life and the cutting edge of business development. He was an ALP Senator for NSW for 19 years, including President of the Australian Senate from 1987 until retiring from Parliament in 1994 to become Australia’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe and six other southern African nations.

He is a former director of Zimbabwe Platinum Mines and World IT.

From 2003 to 2010 he served the Government of the Republic of Mozambique as their Honorary Consul-General in Australia.

In 1996, he was awarded an Order of Australia.

Julie Sibraa, Special Counsel

Julie has 20 years’ experience in public policy in both the government and private sectors.

She began her roles in government during the Hawke/Keating era, working with Federal parliamentarians including the Health Minister where she had responsibility for drug policy, mental health and women’s health.

She later worked for NSW Minister John Della Bosca, for nine years, the office of the Premier of NSW, and was COS to the NSW Treasurer.

In 2009 was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister for Employment Participation.

Julie spent nearly two years as National Policy Manager for Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Isabelle Walker, Account Executive 

Isabelle recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Government and International Relations) at the University of Sydney. Her passion for US politics prompted her to take numerous courses at the university’s innovative United States Studies Centre – where Wells Haslem’s Michael Baume was a Board Member. Here she was invited to join a round table discussion about US-Australian affairs with the US Assistant Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific.

Isabelle undertook an internship in content production at the start-up

Rod Edwards, Western Australian Affiliate

Ron is one of WA’s most respected government relations specialists, enjoying an excellent working relationship with all sides of politics. From 1983-1993, he was Federal MP for the Perth electorate of Stirling. Prior to leaving parliament, Ron was Deputy Speaker.

In 2006 he was awarded a PhD in Education from the University of WA, which investigated factors that promote social inclusion. Ron is a keen AFL fan and in 1994 helped established The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation. He has been a Board member since its inception.

Ron, who has extensive experience in the fisheries and mining sectors, assists Wells Haslem clients communicate with the WA State Government and Federal MPs and Senators based in WA.

Michael Baume AO, Special Counsel (Emeritus) 

Michael is a former diplomat, front-bench federal politician, consultant, journalist, public company director, stockbroker, TV panellist and commentator, author and public speaker.

He is Deputy Chairman of the American Australian Association Ltd, a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Council and a former board-member of the United States Studies Centre at Sydney University. He is a contributor to the Spectator Magazine and a former regular columnist in the Australian Financial Review.