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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 then 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 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 for over 20 years and is an occasional contributor to opinion articles in major media outlets.
Shawn Lambert is a government relations, legal, regulatory affairs and public policy professional with a demonstrated track record of delivering outcomes for senior executives at the very highest levels of government, politics and industry.
He has a demonstrated expertise in a range of heavily regulated industries such as gambling, banking and financial services and political campaigning and fundraising.
Based in Melbourne, Shawn has over a decade of experience in Government and politics including working as a Senior Adviser to a Prime Minister, an Opposition Leader and Cabinet Ministers which means he can offer a unique insight into politics, Government and how the parliamentary and political process affects legislative and policy outcomes.
An experienced campaigner, he has held leadership roles at the National Campaign Headquarters for a major Australian political party during multiple Federal election campaigns and has worked in senior roles on a variety of State and Local Government campaigns throughout Australia.
Shawn understands the challenges of navigating parliamentary inquiries, having previously worked closely with senior parliamentarians to strategically manage Senate Estimates hearings and Federal parliamentary inquiries into a range of hotly debated issues. Shawn is also a qualified lawyer with a specialist skill set in public law and litigation.
Kate Barwick brings more than 20 years’ public affairs and campaign experience to Next Level and our clients, carved out from local, hands-on delivery up to senior advisor roles at the highest levels of government.
Kate has worked in senior communications and media positions with Deputy Prime Ministers, several Federal Cabinet Ministers, a State Premier and local Federal MPs. This breadth of experience has given Kate a comprehensive understanding of our national, state and local political environments, all while building a strong and collegiate network.
Based in Canberra, Kate supports Next Level’s national level work for clients, as well as bringing her diverse experience to bear to supplement state level strategies and media engagement.
Kate has developed her craft in diverse areas including infrastructure, transport, regional development and resources, grounded with an acute understanding of the importance of local communities and regional interests to government decision making. Her knowledge, network and experience has seen her playing key roles in Federal and State election campaigns since 2001 – including an impressive record of success in retaining or winning critical seats.
For clients, Kate brings considerable experience and understanding of stakeholder liaison, government and media relations, issues management and key message development to support clients’ public affairs strategies and effective stakeholder engagement.
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Cameron Milner is a Director of Next Level Strategic Services and has run a Government Relations consultancy business for the past 14 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
For a ten month period in 2016 Cameron stepped away from the business to serve as Chief of Staff to the then 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 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.
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.
Based in Melbourne, 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.