Network

The Kirkwoods’ network has deep experience across all industry sectors, business, government and market cycles, advising on all manner of corporate, investor and public issues.

Our value proposition is based on:

  • Experience: For decades, we have refined complex ideas and significant issues into clear, compelling messages that resonate.
  • Relationships: We remain tapped into the groups that influence and shape the reputation and commercial prospects of our clients.
  • Value: Our client’s reputations are valuable, and the communication work we do with them is critical to that value. That’s why a senior practitioner manages every one of our client accounts.

Justin Kirkwood

Justin has more than 25 years communication experience across all major investment market and corporate sectors.

Since establishing Kirkwoods Corporate Relations in 2004, Justin has advised leading Australian and International companies, investment groups, joint ventures and organisations on communication strategy for a wide range of industry issues and corporate and business initiatives.

Prior to establishing Kirkwoods, Justin was the Head of Corporate Affairs-Asia Pacific for AMP Henderson Global Investors, at the time Australia’s biggest investment management group. In this role he was responsible for all corporate affairs functions for the group’s Asia Pacific operations across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

In the mid-1990s, Justin’s career in corporate relations commenced with Burson Marsteller (Australia), where he provided strategic communication advice to companies such as Lihir Gold on its IPO and the British Airports Corporation on the privatisation of Australian airports.

Justin is a Master of International Studies (University of Sydney), Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from Charles Sturt University majoring in Public Affairs and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Alan Deans

Alan Deans provides advice to company boards, senior executives, industry organisations and private individuals on a range of corporate communications issues. They vary from IPOs and corporate acquisitions to devising and enacting longer term strategies aimed at investors, the media and also governments.

Alan previously worked for 30 years as a journalist and an editor for leading Australian newspapers and magazines including The Bulletin with Newsweek, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and BRW. He held senior reporting and editing roles in Sydney, Melbourne and New York.

He also represented Australia's largest magazine publisher, ACP Magazines, from 2000 to 2007 as a Member of the Australian Press Council. The role entailed advocacy on behalf of ACP and policy formulation on issues including national defamation law reform, privacy restrictions, Freedom of Information law reform and court suppression orders. It also included the development and enactment of communications strategies to improve the image of the Council and advance its policy positions.

Alan is a director of the non-profit health and wellbeing advocacy and promotional organisation, the Institute for Creative Health.

 

Julie Fenwick

With over 15 years of public relations experience in the US, Europe and Australia, Julie Fenwick has worked with a diverse range of technology, property, finance, infrastructure, consumer, professional services and non-profit clients.

She has worked with industry leaders, Microsoft and Dell to drive local market growth and extend brand awareness. Using her entrepreneurial skills, Julie founded a children’s charity, and has also assisted numerous internet start-ups, such as GraysOnline and GlobalResident.co.uk.

 

Ariane Wright

Ariane Wright is the newest addition to the Kirkwoods’ network and is responsible for introducing contemporary communication strategies and technologies that protect and enhance our client’s reputations and commercial objectives.

Ariane studies at the University of Sydney majoring in Media and Communications, Marketing; Sociology. She is a passionate advocate for issues concerning social justice, diversity and the socio-cultural world, bringing perspectives forward that our corporate clients increasingly value.

Ariane is also an active volunteer with Our Big Kitchen, the Student2Student Community and Open Support.

 

Communication Network

Kirkwoods maintains a network of communication partners in all major business jurisdictions. When required, we engage with these strategic partners for cross border or country-specific transactions.

We also maintain access to additional specialist communication and corporate relations resources for clients that require dedicated resources for a fixed period of time or clients requiring industry-specific experience.

These resources are sourced directly by Kirkwoods. We ensure that they are sufficiently experienced and equipped to fulfil and meet all client requirements.

Kirkwoods remains ultimately responsible for all client engagements and we take great care and pride in those clients that entrust us with this responsibility.

Kirkwoods Corporate Relations

Customs House
Level 3, 31 Alfred St
Sydney NSW 2000