Who we are
We are determined to make a difference.
We’ve got an award winning team with international experience working for leading brands, corporations and governments.
We’re unflappable, realistic, honest and straight forward in our approach, and we are committed to building and protecting the reputation of our clients and their brands.
Our Leadership Team
Gabriel McDowell • Executive Chairman
One of Australia’s most highly regarded and well-known PR professionals, Gabriel’s work has won accolades in the communication industry – from PRIA, AdNews, IPR and more. With over 20 years of experience, he is held in high esteem by government and key financial and news media. Head of Res Publica’s Corporate and Government Relations teams, Gabriel ensures a cross-disciplinary approach on all accounts to maximise opportunities and address all issues. He is highly experienced and skilled at reputational management and development, advising corporations during contentious circumstances.
James Tait • Managing Partner
Having worked across listed company financial communications, M&A, issues and crisis management, government relations, sustainability, corporate brand strategy, reputation management and public policy, James offers more than 20 years of communications experience. He began his career as a policy advisor in the UK Government before working in consultancy in London. Moving to Australia, James joined ASX-listed brewer Lion Nathan and was quickly promoted to Corporate Affairs Director. James moved back into consultancy in 2012 and is a director of the not-for-profit charity, Uplifting Australia. He has previously served on the board of the Australian Association of National Advertisers.
Aleks Rzadkowski • Partner - Strategy & Creative
Aleks balances strategic rigor and creative mastery to solve business challenges across a spectrum of communication disciplines. He brings extensive experience in business and marketing strategy, brand development, change management, strategic communications and end-to-end creative and design development for marketplace and workplace initiatives. He draws on 13+ years spanning roles in management consulting (Accenture), agency creative and strategy (Ogilvy PR) and in-house marketing strategy & planning and strategic comms (Lion) roles. Aleks is an Award School 2007 Top 10 finishing student, holds writing and directing for screen certification from AFTRS, and is an avid film-goer and hobbyist filmmaker.
Sean Aylmer • Partner
Sean is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected journalists, with broad experience at editorial and executive levels. As Editorial Director of Fairfax Media, he was the most senior journalist at the group for over four years and the publisher of iconic mastheads The Age, The Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald. Prior to entering journalism he was an economist with the Reserve Bank. Sean’s expertise in Australian financial media is unparalleled, and he has cultivated extensive networks throughout both the corporate and media communities. He intimately understands the forces at work in today’s corporate environment and the dynamics that drive the media agenda.
Kristy Meudell • Director - Consumer
With a career spanning journalism and PR, Kristy is a passionate and strategic communication professional with 18 years of experience working across a diverse range of categories and clients. Her innovative strategies have helped brands step outside of the traditional PR space and connect with audiences in authentic and impactful ways. Kristy is well known and highly regarded in the industry, not only as an integrated marketing specialist but also as a journalist and editor from a decade of experience working in the Australian media industry. A CommsCon PR professional of the year finalist in 2016, Kristy’s experience spans the full PR and marketing mix including strategy, media relations, broadcast integrations, social media, content creation, PR stunts, consumer activations and more.
Nathan Quigley • Director - Corporate
Having spent nearly a decade on the front line of election campaigns across Australia, Nathan has emerged as one of the leading political communicators in the country. As Communications Director and later State Director of the NSW National Party he produced innovative and highly-targeted campaigns across a wide variety of platforms, and was recognised with a Reed Award for Best International TV Advertisement for his work on the 2016 Federal Election campaign. Nathan has wide networks in government and across regional Australia, and is highly skilled in a variety of communication disciplines from structured campaigns to crisis management.
We believe in our team and we love to work collaboratively with our clients and the agencies and suppliers who work with us.
We’re tenacious and take personal responsibility to get things done.
We’re honest, clear, concise and true. We consistently do what we say we will.
We’re brave, creative and always open to the possibility of a better solution. We value intuition as much as insight.