Over her 20-year career as a strategic communication specialist, Jacquie has advised and counselled state and federal government agencies, public corporations and NGOs in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has particular expertise in crisis and issues management, stakeholder and community engagement, media and publicity and strategic marketing.
Jacquie has previously held positions as both National Deputy President and Tasmanian State President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Before establishing Timmins Ray, Jacquie worked with another Tasmanian consultancy for nearly 10 years, managing a portfolio of major clients and providing specialist counsel on a diversity of issues, ranging from strategic communication and stakeholder engagement to media/publicity and reputation management.
In London, Jacquie held the executive position of Manager Communication and Engagement in a high-profile, joint initiative between the UK Ministry of Defence and Department of Environment. In that role, she was responsible for managing and developing both internal and external communication strategies to engage a challenging stakeholder group, comprising Ministers, political advisers, national media and staff drawn from two separate ministries.
Jacquie has been an industry mentor and lecturer to Journalism, Media and Communication students at the University of Tasmania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Journalism/Media Studies and French from UTAS. She is fluent in French, having lived and studied in France.
Michael Stedman started his career as a journalist and has worked at the highest levels in Tasmanian media and politics for nearly two decades.
As a senior political reporter at both the Examiner and Mercury newspapers, Michael closely observed and reported on the personalities, issues and major events in Tasmanian politics.
In 2010 he began working as a media adviser to Tasmanian Government Ministers across a range of portfolios and later became press secretary to Tasmania’s first female Premier, Lara Giddings.
Michael has served as Chief of Staff to Labor Leaders Bryan Green and Rebecca White – a dynamic and challenging role involving the coordination of political strategy, communication, policy development and legislative analysis.
He has earned a reputation for being level-headed, hard working and for maintaining respectful relationships across the political aisle.
Michael brings his skills in communication, strategy and crisis management to the Timmins Ray team.
He also has an extensive professional network that extends across State, Territory and Commonwealth Parliaments and the business and community sectors in Tasmania.
Michael is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Rohan Wade has had an extensive career in communications and issues management, with experience in media, politics and health administration.
His journalism career spanned 10 years working both interstate and in Tasmania, including at The Examiner and The Mercury.
He worked in the office of three Tasmanian premiers as a press secretary, regional head of office and media office director, forging an excellent understanding of Tasmania’s political landscape and contemporary media management skills.
In 2015, Rohan was appointed Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Director at Tasmania’s Department of Health, overseeing communications and media strategies for the past six years, including the Public Health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Highly skilled in crisis-response communications, media strategy, stakeholder engagement, campaigning and internal communications, Rohan brings experience in analysing fast-moving issues and developing communication strategies that achieve genuine and solid outcomes.
Emily Woodgate is a specialist in digital communication strategy having worked in the field for the past decade both in Australia and overseas.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism, Media and Communication and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Tasmania.
She began her career as a journalist with the ABC in Tasmania working across radio, television and online for both news and current affairs.
Emily has since spent her career working in Oslo, Norway, managing digital strategy, content and stakeholder engagement for a global risk management foundation operating in more than 100 countries.
As a specialist in digital communication strategy, Emily’s experience has focused on ecosystems, content and analysis; online crisis and reputation management; CEO profiling and privacy management; and innovation communication.
She has a passion for business innovation, sustainable development, and turning complex topics into compelling stories. She is also an experienced innovation facilitator.
From her time in Scandinavia, Emily brings a global perspective to business communication and digital engagement.
Laura has close to fifteen years’ professional experience across most facets of corporate communication, including media relations, internal communication, brand and digital communication.
For more than a decade, she has been responsible for developing, implementing and managing successful communication strategies for local government, including the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), as well as other enterprise organisations. Most recently, she led a digital campaign to encourage diversity in local government elections.
Laura brings a unique perspective to consultancy, as a business owner herself. Having spent most of her career working alongside engineers, scientists, analysts, and project managers, she’s at home turning complicated information into understandable and relatable stories.
With a passion for strategic communication and social media campaigns, Laura is masterful at effectively and efficiently weaving meaningful content together to deliver qualifiable outcomes.
Having started academic studies later in her career, Laura is near to completing a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, majoring in Public Relations. She is also a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Lily was a star graduate of the University of Tasmania’s 2022 Bachelor of Media course, majoring in Strategic Communication and Marketing. Her academic success culminated in her admission to the University’s 2022 Roll of Excellence.
Lily is driven by a strong work ethic, attention to detail and a commitment to continued learning and professional development.
While at University, she was a contributor to the local publication, the Hobart Magazine, and gained practical experience during her degree studies working with clients connected to her portfolio projects.
She completed her corporate internship with Brand Tasmania, where she undertook a detailed research project into the power and influence of individual social media platforms – a program that has given her vital insights for her new role assisting and advising Timmins Ray clients.
Lily has an avid interest in copywriting and branding, and in communicating client stories through a multitude of channels across both social, digital and mainstream platforms.
The founder and Principal of Timmins Ray, Greg Ray, is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected public relations practitioners. And after a stellar career which took him to the top of the profession nationally, he decided it was time to return to his home state of Tasmania. Greg began his career as a political journalist with the ABC. He was a soldier and war correspondent in Vietnam and later a political adviser to several Cabinet Ministers before starting-up in business for himself.
Over a 25-year period, he built an enterprise comprising:
Public relations consultancies in Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and Auckland;
An advertising agency;
A political reporting service;
An independent, freelance news agency;
A personnel consultancy; and
A weekly newspaper
As the Timmins Ray network of public relations consultancies grew, the firm was acquired by the world’s second largest public relations firm, Hill & Knowlton. Greg was appointed the company’s Managing Director in Australia.
After several years at the head of H&K, he took an extended sabbatical before accepting an offer to join Royce Communication and Business Strategists in Melbourne as its Special Senior Counsel.
It was during a visit to Tasmania in late 2013 – combined with a request to assist a leading Tasmanian business make the transition to its next stage of development – Greg decided to return “home”. Timmins Ray opened its doors again in Hobart on 1st October, 2013.