A collaborative approach to delivering complete solutions for our clients.

GRA Partners’ team of senior consultants come from varied backgrounds, such as elected government, senior ministerial advisory roles, journalism and corporate communications.

GRA Partners also has a team of experienced research and policy analysts who carry out a variety of tasks to support each client engagement, which may include undertaking political and policy analysis, developing issue-specific research briefs and providing ongoing media monitoring services.

A strongly collaborative culture means our team bring a unique blend of political and commercial expertise to each client project where a comprehensive government relations and corporate & financial communications strategy is required.

The Team

Jason Marocchi

Jason Marocchi

Managing Partner

Jason Marocchi was appointed Managing Partner of GRA Partners in February 2016 after playing an integral role in the growth of the business since joining in 2008. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm.

Jason has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues at a State and Federal level. He also provides specialist media and communications advice and support to clients on complex, controversial and high-profile matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a journalist, public relations consultant and senior political adviser. He worked as a senior media adviser for several State Liberal leaders in Western Australia and played key communications roles for the WA Liberal Party at numerous Federal and State elections.

Jason has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University in Perth. He is a board member of GRACosway, GRA Partners’ national partner, the Sport Integrity Advisory Council, and President of the Perth Soccer Club.

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0421 005 765

Patrick Fagan

Patrick Fagan

Partner

Having worked as a Senior Adviser in the Gillard and Rudd Federal Labor Governments, Patrick Fagan provides significant political and strategic experience to the GRA Partners team.

Patrick has provided advice to government across a number of key portfolios, including energy, resources, ICT, the public sector, electoral policy and Northern Australia; and was an adviser to the Minister for Resources and Energy.

Patrick also worked as a government relations adviser to South32 and previously advised the Kimberley Development Commission on the Miriuwung Gajerrong Ord Enhancement Scheme. He was also a founding member of Timor Leste Vision, a NFP promoting rural education projects in Timor Leste.

Patrick holds a Master of Community Development from Curtin University, and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and history) from the University of WA.

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0439 568 402

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Chair

Eric Ripper provides a valuable insight into government, politics and public policy in Western Australia.

Eric had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.

From 2001 to 2008 Eric was Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA, engaging in the reform of State taxes and government procurement, the implementation of competition policy; as well as overseeing the development and management of eight State budgets. Eric was also responsible for WA’s participation in recognising the native title rights of Aboriginal people.

As Energy Minister, he implemented a major electricity reform program, including a competitive electricity market, and in the State Development portfolio, Eric negotiated on large LNG and iron ore projects.

Eric was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia, for his service to the people and Parliament of WA, particularly for his work on budgetary reform, native title policy and energy sector developments.

He is a non-Executive Director of the Fairbridge Festival and regularly presents to the business and community sectors on WA and Australian public policy issues.

[email protected]

0417 987 550

Luke Forrestal

Luke Forrestal

Director Financial Communications

Luke Forrestal is an accomplished and well-connected financial communications professional with a proven reputation for providing expert media and investor relations advice for the benefit of clients.

Prior to joining GRA Partners, he was responsible for establishing a successful Western Australian business for a leading eastern states-based investor relations agency and served as primary media adviser to ASX50 company Fortescue Metals Group.

Luke has extensive experience in planning and implementing comprehensive communication and investor relations strategies for listed and private companies, including advising on major M&A transactions and IPOs. He is also well versed in effective crisis communications and issues management practices.

With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in journalism from Curtin University, Luke spent seven years with Fairfax Media writing for the Australian Financial Review and Business Review Weekly mastheads before moving into financial communications.

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0411 479 144

Natasha Mutch

Natasha Mutch

Director Corporate Communications

With over 20 years in corporate affairs, Natasha Mutch has worked with stakeholders across a broad spectrum of portfolios. They include the energy sector, oil and gas, health, tourism, intellectual property, water, primary industries, urban planning, workforce training, tourism, local government and ministerial media relations.

In addition to her experience in business and private industry, Natasha has held leadership roles in federal, state and local government entities, including as senior media advisor to WA’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Health.

Natasha specialises in communications strategy and research, media relations and crisis communications, understanding that effective issues management has a direct impact on brand and corporate reputation.

She also has a background in identifying positive news stories and raising the profile of individuals and organisations through strategic media opportunities, brand alignment and the development of tactical partnerships.

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0435 383 382

Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Associate Director

Richard Newton has more than a decade’s experience providing strategic advice to the highest level of decision makers in Federal and State Liberal Governments.

As a Ministerial Adviser in the WA Barnett Government, he worked across several key infrastructure portfolios including transport, roads, public transport, ports, finance and agriculture.

During the Morrison and Turnbull Federal Governments, Richard was an adviser to the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and gained a close understanding of how government works and of the best ways to achieve local results through community issues campaigning.

Most recently as Deputy State Director of the WA Liberal Party, Richard led a team of staff and volunteers, coordinating the logistics and local issues campaigns of MPs and candidates.

With experience devising media, advertising and communications campaigns across a range of platforms including television, radio, print and digital, he is well placed to help clients shape their story and deliver outcomes.

Richard is a former Board Member of Capital Community Radio and continues his volunteer support of this organisation, completing broadcasting licence and regulatory requirements, as well as presenting a weekly on-air program.

He holds Bachelors in Commerce and Communication Studies from the University of WA and Post Graduate qualifications in Journalism from Curtin University.

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0405 094 987

Luke Hutcheson

Luke Hutcheson

Associate

Luke joined GRA Partners after most recently working with the University of Western Australia’s Modern Slavery and Ethical Procurement team.

He also spent time working for a human rights organisation in Jakarta, Indonesia where he gained valuable knowledge on democracy in the Indo-Pacific and Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.

Luke has previously volunteered with non-profit organisations focused on youth outreach and community development including the UWA-based Ignite Mentoring and Amnesty International’s schools outreach program.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, and is currently studying a Master of International Law at the University of Western Australia.

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0432 391 535

Luke O’Donnell

Luke O’Donnell

Associate

Luke O’Donnell joined GRA Partners after graduating from Murdoch University with a Master of International Affairs and Security.

Throughout his most recent studies he developed a strong interest in public policy development processes, along with rising geoeconomic propensities in the contemporary international arena.

During his time at Murdoch University, he also had the opportunity to intern in the public sector.

In addition to his Masters, Luke also holds a Bachelor of Legal Studies accompanied by a Minor in Politics from Murdoch University, and a Diploma of Law Enforcement from the Central Institute of Technology in Northbridge.

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0407 486 877

Kareece Broadway

Kareece Broadway

Office Manager

Kareece Broadway has led the office administrative team within GRA Partners since 2011.

Kareece has extensive senior experience working within professional service firms, providing high quality office management, client support and assistance to executive staff.

Prior to working with GRA Partners, Kareece was an Executive Assistant to multiple senior partners at a global service firm, with a focus on several sectors including government. She has studied European languages and Human Resource Management.

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0408 928 075

The Board

Jason Marocchi

Jason Marocchi

Managing Partner

Jason Marocchi was appointed Managing Partner of GRA Partners in February 2016 after playing an integral role in the growth of the business since joining in 2008. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm.

Jason has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues at a State and Federal level. He also provides specialist media and communications advice and support to clients on complex, controversial and high-profile matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a journalist, public relations consultant and senior political adviser. He worked as a senior media adviser for several State Liberal leaders in Western Australia and played key communications roles for the WA Liberal Party at numerous Federal and State elections.

Jason has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University in Perth. He is a board member of GRACosway, GRA Partners’ national partner, the Sport Integrity Advisory Council, and President of the Perth Soccer Club.

[email protected]

0421 005 765

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Hon Eric Ripper AM

Chair

Eric Ripper provides a valuable insight into government, politics and public policy in Western Australia.

Eric had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.

From 2001 to 2008 Eric was Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA, engaging in the reform of State taxes and government procurement, the implementation of competition policy; as well as overseeing the development and management of eight State budgets. Eric was also responsible for WA’s participation in recognising the native title rights of Aboriginal people.

As Energy Minister, he implemented a major electricity reform program, including a competitive electricity market, and in the State Development portfolio, Eric negotiated on large LNG and iron ore projects.

Eric was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia, for his service to the people and Parliament of WA, particularly for his work on budgetary reform, native title policy and energy sector developments.

He is a non-Executive Director of the Fairbridge Festival and regularly presents to the business and community sectors on WA and Australian public policy issues.

[email protected]

0417 987 550

Patrick Fagan

Patrick Fagan

Partner

Having worked as a Senior Adviser in the Gillard and Rudd Federal Labor Governments, Patrick Fagan provides significant political and strategic experience to the GRA Partners team.

Patrick has provided advice to government across a number of key portfolios, including energy, resources, ICT, the public sector, electoral policy and Northern Australia; and was an adviser to the Minister for Resources and Energy.

Patrick also worked as a government relations adviser to South32 and previously advised the Kimberley Development Commission on the Miriuwung Gajerrong Ord Enhancement Scheme. He was also a founding member of Timor Leste Vision, a NFP promoting rural education projects in Timor Leste.

Patrick holds a Master of Community Development from Curtin University, and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and history) from the University of WA.

[email protected]

0439 568 402

Kirsten Mulley

Kirsten Mulley

Non-Executive Director

Kirsten is CEO of GRACosway, with responsibility for the overall management and strategic development of the firm.

Kirsten leverages more than 20 years’ experience in public policy, government relations and communications to deliver expert counsel to clients. She is a strategic thinker, a problem solver and a respected leader at the top of her field.

As a trusted long-term advisor, Kirsten has a reputation for creativity and clarity. Her work with clients across the health, property, infrastructure and financial services sectors is informed by a deep understanding of the political, policy and regulatory landscape.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Kirsten served in political and policy roles in the NSW Government, including as a senior adviser to the Premier and Deputy Premier. A skilled communicator, Kirsten has also previously worked in communications and media roles.

Kirsten is a director of Clemenger Group, the parent company of GRACosway, and the firm’s New Zealand subsidiary, GRC Partners. She is also a director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute and is passionate about GRACosway’s pro bono work with Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney.

Geoff Elliott

Geoff Elliott

Non-Executive Director

Geoff Elliott is GRACosway’s Joint Managing Partner, Corporate and Financial Communications. He is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and is jointly responsible for overseeing the firm’s corporate and financial communications practice.

Geoff provides clients with insight and advice on strategic media engagement based on more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and international journalism as a former business editor, media editor and Washington correspondent at The Australian.

Before joining the firm, Geoff also hosted the Australian Business show on Sky and was a regular commentator on radio.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia.

Les Timar

Les Timar

Non-Executive Director

Les is the CEO of Clemenger Group and responsible for the overall strategy, development and sustainability of its business and offer to clients across the Group’s operating companies.
Prior to this, Les was the CEO and one of the founders of GRACosway, the leading public affairs and strategic communications firm in Australia/New Zealand. GRACosway has been a Clemenger Group company since 1998. He was first appointed to the Clemenger Group board in 2014.

Les was one of the founders of the Australian Professional Government Relations Association (APGRA) in 2014 and served as its President from 2015 to 2018. In December 2019, APGRA conferred life membership on Les for his service to the organisation and the profession.