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Our highly credentialed and trusted advisors

Eamonn Fitzpatrick

Managing Director

Eamonn Fitzpatrick is one of Australia’s leading public affairs professionals and has advised some of the world’s biggest brands including Uber, Expedia and Lendlease and top ASX companies on effectively engaging governments, stakeholders and the media.

He was senior press secretary to Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd and ran government communications for Premiers Anna Bligh and Morris Iemma. He’s a veteran of Labor election campaigns including Anthony Albanese’s winning 2022 federal campaign and those of WA Premier Mark McGowan and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

A former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Eamonn recently returned from Hong Kong where he was the Asia Pacific partner with Consulum, an international advisory firm providing special counsel to governments and national leaders on global engagement, including destination development and trade promotion.

His experience in the not for profit sector includes leading global communications for the iconic global eye health charity, The Fred Hollows Foundation, and serving on the board of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. He is currently on the board of Social Policy Group, which fosters partnerships between community, industry and government – to provide a national voice for effective migration and settlement programs.

BRUCE Hawker

Special Counsel

Bruce Hawker is one of Australia’s pre-eminent political and communications figures.

He has an unparalleled reputation as a campaign professional forged over 40 years working at the highest levels of government and corporate Australia. And he has played a central role in more than 40 major election campaigns in Australia and overseas.

Bruce served for nine years as Chief of Staff to former NSW Premier Bob Carr (1988 to 1997) and Senior Political Adviser to PM Kevin Rudd in 2013.

He negotiated the agreement with key independents to support the Gillard Labor Government following the 2010 hung election.

Bruce has also been twice named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 most influential Australians. 

Bruce and Eamonn have worked together for decades, as Bruce previously founded political campaigning and government affairs firm, Hawker Britton (1997 to 2010).

Bruce now continues to provide businesses with his unique insights working with Fitzpatrick & Co Advisory. 

TAMARA LIONS

Director

Tamara Lions is an experienced government relations professional who has spent 15 years advising some of the world’s biggest brands on working with government and navigating Australia’s political and regulatory landscape.

She joins Fitzpatrick & Co from the University of NSW where she was Senior Government Relations Advisor for five years during its transformation into a global top 20 university in recognition of its approach to sustainability, partnership and global networks. Tamara provided strategic advice to the university’s leadership as they managed complex challenges including foreign interference, freedom of speech and changes to university funding.

She has also worked with stakeholders in fields that are the focus of the Federal Government’s current sovereign capability drive, including cyber security, AI, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing.

Prior to that, Tamara spent seven years leading government relations in Australia for the iconic global human rights NGO Amnesty International during a period of greater global scrutiny of our national record, including the treatment of indigenous Australians, migrants and refugees. In that role she represented Australia at bilateral dialogues, parliamentary inquiries, roundtables and diplomatic events.

Tamara began her government relations career in consulting as a research associate, supporting engagement programs for brands such as Westpac, Lendlease, Macquarie Bank and the Sydney Opera House.

Tamara has a Bachelor of Economics and Social Science and Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney.

With extensive networks and a deep understanding of government, Tamara is well-positioned to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients. 

JJ CHEN

Associate

With nearly two decades managing businesses and teams in Australia and China, JJ Chen offers clients unique insights and an in-depth understanding of the opportunities for growth across Asia and the Indo-Pacific economy.

Commencing her career in Canberra as a public sector graduate at Airservices Australia, JJ was part of the team awarded the Chairman’s Award for Professional Excellence. While in Beijing she held numerous roles including acting as General Manager for AustCham Beijing and was involved with rebranding the prestigious Westpac Australia-China Business Awards in 2013. She also invested in rapid scale start up, 123 Childcare, and furthered its expansion across China.

JJ has undergraduate degrees in Science and Asian Studies and holds a Masters of Strategic Affairs from the Australian National University (ANU). She plays an active role in the ANU alumni community, cultivating networks across Beijing, Canberra and Sydney and is part of the ANU Chapter for the Golden Key International Society.

Julie Delvecchio

Consultant

Julie is a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist with experience in senior inhouse roles in highly regulated businesses, listed and headquartered overseas, in energy, transport, financial services, State and Local government.

Julie has deep energy, infrastructure expertise, and experience helping businesses navigate the most contested policy areas. Her expertise drives favourable policy environments through stakeholder engagement, twice recognised for leadership and innovation in 2021 and 2022 by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). The engagement programs have helped shape the political environment to open new markets improve commercial results and reputation.    

Julie was a senior advisor in the NSW Carr Government to 2001, head of media to the Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and maintains strong networks across Federal and State Governments. 

Starting her career as a journalist, she can distil the most complex topics for various stakeholders.

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