Welcome to Howard Partners

Howard Partners is a boutique Australian public policy research, strategic management, and communications consulting firm.  We specialise in connecting our deep expertise in these areas  to produce truly transformative outcomes for our clients.  The firm was

founded in 1998 by Dr John Howard following a career as a Partner in two of Australia's largest professional services firms.

The firm combines capabilities in public policy, strategic management, and marketing communications to provide a unique capacity to assist organisations engage with customers, clients, and key stakeholders to achieve their missions and deliver valued products and services efficiently and effectively.


The firm has assisted government agencies, large and small businesses, and industry/professional organisations with innovation policies and strategies that make change happen. The firm has worked with client organisations, small and large, private and public, across multiple sectors and industries, from research to strategic assessment stages, through design and project execution.  The firm has also advised boards and CEOs on preparation of corporate and business plans, management structures and staffing, and branding, communication and marketing strategy.


Howard Partners is recognised among clients as having distinctive capabilities in:

  • Public policy development, implementation, and review, particularly in science, research and innovation
  • Knowledge transfer, and engagement between universities and industry
  • Regional economic development and regional innovation systems
  • Corporate, business, and operational planning
  • Marketing communications, branding and positioning, reputation management
  • Community and stakeholder engagement incorporating social media

Our approach is to work end-to-end with our clients to adapt solutions that are a tailored fit for the stage of development and objective the client would like to achieve.

The Howard Partners Team has had diverse experience and engagement success across organisation redesign, innovation policy, process and work-flow engineering projects.

Our deep competence in communications strategy complements our core consulting practice, creating a distinct palette that Howard Partners can use in a client assignment.  Howard Partners is capable of engaging across multiple functions and is accustomed to managing dependencies between functions and teams.

We are a small firm proud of the reputation we have built for finding and delivering the best outcomes for our clients.  The cooperation across functional domains and diverse experience we have brings about the most innovative results for our clients.

Howard Partners has made major contributions to public policy knowledge and program design, specifically in the area of research commercialisation, industry policy, and science, technology and innovation policy.

The firm is directed by Dr John Howard and Anne Howard.

To discuss how we can work with you please contact us.

Click on the links to find out more about our People, current and completed Projects and Publications




Since 1998 Howard Partners has been providing  independent public policy research and advice, and management consulting services to Government, Research Organisations, and NGOs.


Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.


In 2019 Howard Partners completed the first ever comprehensive Performance Review of the Rural Innovation System for the  National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee.


A comprehensive analysis of  Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation was released as a UTS Occasional Paper in May 2020.



Dr John Howard

PO Box 4090

Manuka ACT 2603


P +61 (0) 2 6273 5222

M 0403 583 600


Registered Office

Level 3/44 Sydney Ave

Forrest  ACT   2603