Anne is a Director of Howard Partners and specialist in organisational communication, social business and digital technologies. Part of Anne’s expertise includes integrating social media and Web 2.0 technologies into an organisation’s current corporate strategy. Anne joined Howard Partners in 1999 bringing skills, knowledge and expertise in early stage venture capital investment and strategies for growth in innovative businesses.
Anne specialises in working with clients to manage communication and information resources in the areas of stakeholder engagement, public communication, internal collaboration, stimulating innovation, and achieving measurable returns and results. A central feature of this work is the strategic use of social media in achieving business and program objectives and outcomes.
Prior to joining Howard Partners, Anne was a Business Development Manager at CSIRO and was involved in a number of successful commercialisation projects, including the BARLEYmax(R) discovery. Anne was the inaugural CEO of the Australian Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) and subsequently Executive Director of Knowledge Commercialization Australasia. During this time Anne was a member of the NSW Innovation Council.
Anne holds academic qualifications in strategic communications, information management and Internet communications. She is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and a Global Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London.
Anne is currently Chief Executive officer of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Don's professional experience covers participation in research projects on technology transfer in Australia and internationally over 20 years. He has held the posts of
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.