At Pyne & Partners, our clients come first. We pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients and offering considered advice.
With over four decades of experience at the most senior levels of the Australian Government, there are few issues we haven’t faced.
We are experienced navigators of the complexities of policy and politics. We are focussed on helping our clients manage risk, pursue business opportunities and ultimately, achieve their strategic objectives.
We are committed to understanding the individual needs of our clients, and we are unrelenting in our pursuit of success.
Chaired by the Hon Christopher Pyne the former Australian Defence Minister, and led by Managing Director Adam Howard, long time senior political staffer for several Coalition Governments, our team brings a complete understanding of the Australian political landscape and offers expertise on how best to engage with stakeholders, both within government and in the private sector.
With decades of experience in media and issues management, Pyne & Partners can deploy the most effective communications strategies and cut-through messaging.
Communications are always at the forefront of our work, and we tailor our advice to meet the unique and specific needs of each client, ensuring their communication goals are consistent with their structural goals.
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Christopher Pyne served as the 54th Australian Defence Minister. He was responsible for delivering the $200 billion build-up of Australia’s military capability, the largest in Australia’s peacetime history.
Serving previously as Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher assisted in developing the 2016 Defence White Paper and implementing the Integrated Investment Program.
During his time as a Cabinet Minister in the Defence portfolio, Christopher:
• Awarded the $35 billion Hunter Class Anti-Submarine Warfare frigates contract to BAES;
• Backed in the $50 billion Attack Class Submarine project by Defence and Naval Group Australia;
• Awarded the $5.2 billion Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle project to Rheinmettal Australia; and
• Secured Australia as the Asia Pacific hub for the sustainment and maintenance of the F35-A Joint Strike Fighter. Christopher also worked to ensure the growth and sustainment of Australia’s Defence Industry, and thus implemented Australia’s Defence Export Strategy, Defence Industrial Capability Plan, and the Naval Shipbuilding Plan. He also created the Defence Cooperative Research Centre, the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, the Defence Innovation Hub, and the Next Generation Technology Fund.
On an international scale, Christopher was responsible for creating the Pacific Step Up to strengthen Australia’s strategic role in the South Pacific.
Christopher also worked to strengthen Australia’s defence ties with other countries, helping in the establishment of the Australia France Initiative to take advantage of the close relationship with France through the Attack Class Submarine Project. He settled Defence Memoranda of Understanding with Israel, China, and Switzerland, and initiated Memoranda of Understanding with the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Christopher was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Australia Space Agency.
Christopher was a Minister in the Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison Governments, holding various portfolios including Ageing, Education, Industry Innovation and Science, Defence Industry and Defence.
As a Minister for Education and Minister for Industry Innovation and Science, respectively, Christopher delivered the National Innovation and Science Agenda, reformed the National Curriculum, introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates and expanded phonics teaching.
One of Christopher’s proudest achievements is founding “headspace: the Youth Mental Health Initiative” in 2006. Christopher was elected to Parliament in 1993 and served as the Member for Sturt for 26 years. During this time, he was in the Liberal Party Leadership Group for 10 years, Leader of the House of Representatives for six years, and served in Cabinet for six years. He was the longest serving non-Labor Member of the House of Representatives from South Australia since Federation in 1901.
In his post political career, Christopher sits on numerous advisory boards and consults to business particularly in the domain of government and political engagement. He is an Industry Professor in the University of South Australia Business School specialising in Defence and Space. He is also Chairman of the Australia United Arab Emirates Business Council and Chairman of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships Foundation.
Christopher has a weekly column in The Adelaide Advertiser called “Pyne on Monday”. He is a regular panellist on “The Project” on Network 10 and hosts a podcast series through Podcast One Australia called “Pyne Time”. He is a member of the Claxton’s Speakers Bureau stable of public presenters and speaks at conferences and events both domestically and internationally on defence, national security, politics and government.
He is the author of “A Letter to my Children”, published in 2015 by Melbourne University Press.
He is married to Carolyn and is the father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia. He is an Ambassador for the Adelaide Football Club.
Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Thomson Geer.
Adam Howard brings deep understanding of Government, policy making and strategic communications with extensive high-level experience within the Australian Government.
His career is built on developing and guiding the implementation of complex policy objectives.
He managed a team through the creation and launch of Australia‘s National Innovation and Science Agenda across government and portfolios and served as Chief of Staff and principal adviser to the Minister directly responsible for overseeing the implementation of the $200 billion expansion of Australia’s Defence capability.
Adam is a communications specialist able to provide strategic, political and media advice to support the implementation of key policy objectives. This is evidenced by the roll out of strategic media plans to promote key policy areas across successive Coalition Governments.
In 2018 Adam left the Coalition Government and launched his public affairs company GC Advisory and has quickly gained a reputation for delivering successful outcomes for clients.
Recent successes include working on the South Australian Government’s campaign to house the National Space Agency in South Australia, helping the Adelaide Football Club secure Federal funding for their new headquarters and assisting Thoroughbred Racing South Australia in their efforts to secure long-term Government support.
GC Advisory, now co-owned by the Hon Christopher Pyne and renamed Global & Corporate Advisory continues to grow, specialising in developing and supporting overseas companies looking to build a presence in Australia.
Alisha Dhillon brings a breadth of knowledge across government and international relations.
Alisha has a Master’s from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Adelaide. From 2017 - 2019 Alisha worked for Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, appreciating the importance of good governance and understanding the process of political decision making.
While at the London School of Economics Alisha had the opportunity to assist the International Committee for the Red Cross on defence and national security policy. Alisha joins Pyne & Partners as an Analyst with excellent communication skills and the ability to develop strong collaborative part- nerships across community, government and business.
Kacey Lam has a background in public policy, having advised the Federal government across the defence, science and education portfolios.
Based in Canberra, Kacey has worked as a political and policy adviser – both for the Hon Christopher Pyne during his tenure as a Cabinet Minister and more recently for an Australian Senator. Prior to this, Kacey was a public servant at the Federal Education Department.
During her time as a Ministerial Adviser, Kacey played a role in driving the implemen- tation of the Defence Export Strategy, during a period which saw an increase in defence export confidence across Australian industry. She is a trusted, professional and organised operator.