John Wells

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

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

Alexandra has five 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 an extreme sports publishing company; and worked with a consumer public relations consultancy.

The Hon. Kerry Sibraa AO
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.

Dr. Trevor Cook
Digital Counsel

Trevor has 25 years’ experience across PR and government.

A pioneer in digital media, Trevor Co-authored one of the first Australian monographs for corporates on social media.

Prior to being an independent consultant (2008 – 2012), Trevor was Principal Consultant and Partner at Jackson Wells for 11 years.

Trevor began his career as a ministerial adviser to John Dawkins and as a senior executive in the Australian Public Service, Department of Industrial Relations.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) (1981) and a PhD (2012) from the University of Sydney. Trevor is a casual lecturer in Australian politics at University of Sydney.

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.