Howard Partners, a boutique Australian public policy research, strategic management, and communications consulting 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.

 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.

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.

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




A comprehensive review of Australia's higher education system was published as Rethinking Australian Higher Education by Howard Partners and UTS on 18 February 2021.


In May 2020 an extended analysis of Australia's research capacity was published as  Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation by UTS as an Occasional Paper.


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.



Dr John Howard

PO Box 47

Rose Bay NSW 2029


M 0403 583 600