Next Level
  • Strategy
  • Policy
  • Issues Management
  • Government Relations

Our team provides over 100 years combined campaign, policy and public affairs experience at the most senior levels of Government, across State and Federal levels, from both sides of politics. 

 

Cameron Milner

CM headshot website 2Cameron Milner is a Director of Next Level Strategic Services and recently returned to Next Level Strategic Services after ten month’s serving as Chief of Staff to the Federal Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten.

As Chief of Staff he ran the Leaders Office and provided high level strategic and campaign advice to the Leader and the Shadow Cabinet and was key to achieving what was previously considered an unlikely very close result with the election coming down to the wire.

He has run a Government Relations consultancy business for the past ten years. He has developed a bi-partisan consulting practice serving clients locally and nationally.

Cameron has worked closely with key companies across a broad range of areas, but has also focused on the resources and mining services areas as well as the finance industry

He previously served as the ALP State Secretary in Queensland and has advised and worked with various Labor Ministers and Members of Parliament for over 25 years.

His focus is on the Commonwealth government approvals process and negotiating key regulation and legislation – more recently through a fractured and difficult Senate environment.

He has worked to secure approvals and Commonwealth funding for key infrastructure, housing and renewable energy projects. He works closely with clients to navigate through the bi-lateral EPBC Act requirements for environmental approvals.

The experience of the last five years in particular has shown the rise of well-funded and increasingly professional activist campaigns against corporate Australia. The work of NGO’s and others to increase the political temperature around proposals in an attempt to stymy and delay key projects has seen a far more complex environment for corporate Australia’s interaction with governments at all levels.

 

david croppedDavid Moore

David Moore is a Director of Next Level Strategic Services having first established his private consulting business in 2007. He also has a very strong record of public policy development and implementation over a 15 year period of working at Federal and State levels of government, including nearly 10 years as a senior media adviser and Chief of Staff in the Howard Government.

David was involved in social and economic policy development and implementation across a range of portfolios including employment, treasury, regional services and family, community services and indigenous affairs.

In a one year detachment from successful private practice, David was asked to be Chief of Staff to the Campbell Newman election team and was instrumental in coordinating the Leader’s office up to the LNP 2012 landslide victory in Queensland during that historically unusual circumstance where the LNP leader was outside of Parliament. David played a key role in that campaign preparation, the development of the LNP ‘Four Pillars’ strategies and Economic Blueprint, as well as around 100 fully costed policies. Having successfully got the job done he returned to the private sector in April 2012.

In private practice David has driven campaign strategy, policy, strategic communications and regulatory engagement for a diverse range of resources, technology, transport, housing, financial services and other clients in an increasingly complex political environment.

David has been involved in campaigns at all levels over 20 years and is an occasional contributor to opinion articles in major media outlets.

 

Mark Hrycek

Mark Hrycek is a Senior Adviser at Next Level Strategic Services having joined our team early in 2017 - after working at the highest levels of government for 17 years.

Mark has been a trusted adviser to senior executives and elected officials across the country, and provides a deep understanding of political, community and policy landscapes at a local, state and federal level.

His extensive experience at Local, State and Federal level includes adviser to the Lord Mayor of Australia’s largest local government, as a Principal Adviser to a Queensland Premier, Chief of Staff to a Queensland Minister and a Chief of Staff in the Federal Government - delivering positive outcomes and building strong stakeholder relationships across the government, private and community sectors in a range of policy areas.

Mark is also an experienced campaigner, developing and delivering highly effective and proactive media and communications strategies and tools at all levels of government as well as for private sector clients.

 

Tony Barry

Tony Barry joins Next Level Strategic Services with over 20 years of political, media and corporate affairs experience at the highest levels in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He has worked with and for Prime Ministers, Premiers, Federal and State Opposition Leaders as well as several Top 20 ASX companies.

His career includes work on over 50 political and corporate campaigns including qualitative and quantitative polling to move numbers in the court of public opinion through the identification, persuasion and mobilization of target audiences.

Tony’s experience also includes several stints as a Director of Communications where he has managed large teams with a strategic focus on building values-based narratives as well as crisis and risk management. 

He has worked on a number of complex regulatory issues and has designed, executed and presented qualitative and quantitative market research; written, directed and produced political and public affairs advertising creative; and supported client’s branding and business development initiatives.

In an environment where business and political leaders face increased competition, intense public scrutiny and an accelerated news cycle, Tony understands the importance of brand reputation and building coalitions with key stakeholders.

 

Niko Opacak

Niko Opacak has recently joined Next Level Strategic Services, bringing seven years political experience at the highest levels  as an adviser to the Federal Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP. 

In his day to day role Niko provided advice on economic, legal, sport, tourism, multicultural policy and other parliamentary matters and most recently demonstrated his ability to deal with complex issues by supporting the office response on the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption. 

Niko is also an experienced campaigner and manager, having served as Mr Shorten’s operations manager during one of the longest Federal election campaigns in 2016.  

Admitted to practice as a lawyer in the state of Victoria, Niko is based  in Melbourne, further broadening the footprint of Next Level to help meet increased demand for our services across the country.

With demonstrated proficiency on a range of policies, preparation of policy reports and briefings, undertaking research and analysis, creating and implementing political  strategies and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, Niko is a welcome additional asset to the Next Level team to help support our clients.