Other major projects include:
Director, Anne Howard Communications (2002-2007)
Anne provided strategic communication advice and delivered national awareness campaigns for technology transfer companies, national professional associations, and commercialisation events in the bio-sciences arena.
Executive Director, Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA), 2000-2001
Anne was retained by the Board of KCA to build a stronger membership and increase awareness and understanding with key stakeholders about innovation, commercialisation and the role the research community could play in helping to build Australia's economic success.
Inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Venture Capital Association, 1995-1999
Anne was instrumental in developing AVCAL into a strong and viable industry organisation. Anne applied her strategic planning skills and implementation abilities to take the organisation from a little known non-profit organisation representing an alternative asset class to a peak industry body that played a key role in the Australian Government’s industry policy agenda, finally being rewarded with the introduction of the Innovation Investment Funds (IIF) program.
Anne successfully raised the awareness and understanding of venture capital with a wide range of stakeholders from Australian SMEs, entrepreneurs and researchers, the finance sector and funds management industry, angel investors, business advisers, IP lawyers and corporate advisers, to Federal and State governments and the national media.
Anne gained support and recognition of the importance of supporting Australian innovation and initiated the Australian Venture Capital Awards, as well as the Annual AVCAL conference. Anne was funded by the Australian Government to write one of the first books in Australia about venture funding, Winning Australian Venture Capital, published in 1997. Anne was made a Life Long Member of AVCAL.
Anne has more than twenty-five years’ experience in Public Relations and communication including public relations strategy development and implementation, corporate positioning, reputation management, and issues and crisis management. She has provided services to Commonwealth, State and Local government agencies, corporates and NFP organisations.
Anne is currently CEO of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, the peak body representing more than 4,000 professional PR and communication practitioners across Australia.
Anne is the former CEO of the Australian Venture Capital Association, and a former Member of the NSW Innovation Council.
Anne's research report, "Connecting with Communities: How local government uses social media to engage with citizens", published in 2012, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
During 2017 Howard Partners is celebrating 18 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.
Howard Partners Pty Ltd, in collaboration with Technopolis Group Limited, based in the UK, is currently providing professional advice for the development of a long term strategic plan ‘to maximise Australia’s innovation potential, positioning Australia to seize the next wave of economic prosperity and ensuring Australia’s wellbeing and economic growth in the future’.
Howard Partners recently completed an assignment to assist the Hunter RDA to develop a regional 'smart specialization strategy' - an integrated, place based, and transformation policy framework that will provide a basis for regional development investment.