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 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.

We are recognised experts 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 Publications including completed projects and assignments.





During 2016 Howard Partners is celebrating 17 years as an independent professional services firm.


John Howard is currently working on a review of evidence relating to the roles of government, industry and education and research institutions in supporting the development and dynamic mixing of technical and non-technical capabilities that enable business innovation.


John is also working with Hunter RDA on a 'smart specialization strategy' -  an integrated, place based, and transformation policy framework that will provide a basis for regional development investment

Dr John Howard

PO Box 4090

Manuka, ACT, 2603


P. +61 (0) 2 6555 6270

M +61 (0) 4 0358 3600