• Skilled in developing both external and internal communication strategies and implementation
  • Trusted communication adviser to boards and senior executives
  • Highly experienced in community consultation and stakeholder engagement in multiple industry sectors
  • Masters degree in Information - thesis focused on Organisational Use of Online Communication; BA (Communication) majoring in Strategic Public Relations, Marketing and Social Psychology.
  • Global Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London (CIPR)

Recent projects include:

  • Queensland Government: Strategic Communication Review for the Department involving both internal and external communications. All recommendations were fully implemented
  • Queensland Government: Research, analysis and facilitation of workshops and interviews to assist a Government Department develop its new four-year strategic plan
  • Stakeholder consultation and facilitation services – Listening to Small Business Roundtables conducted for the ACT Government
  • Queensland Government: Organisation review focusing particularly on the communication strategies and performance. All recommendations were fully accepted and implemented


  • BA (Communication) specialising in Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Social Psychology.
  • Master’s Degree in Information Studies, specialising in Internet Communication and Social Media. Anne received the Dean’s Award for Excellence.
  • Australian Institute of Company Director’s Course.

Professional memberships

  • Global Affiliate, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) London.

Previous career roles

Director, Anne Howard Communications (2002-2007)

Anne provided strategic communication advice and delivered national awareness campaigns  for technology transfer  companies, national professional associations, and commercialisation events in the bio-sciences arena.

Executive Director, Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA), 2000-2001

Anne was retained by the Board of KCA to build a stronger membership and increase awareness and understanding with key stakeholders about innovation, commercialisation and the role the research community could play in helping to build Australia's economic success.

Inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Venture Capital Association, 1995-1999

Anne was instrumental in developing AVCAL into a strong and viable industry organisation.  Anne applied her strategic planning skills and implementation abilities to take the organisation from a little known non-profit organisation representing an alternative asset class to a peak industry body that played a key role in the Australian Government’s industry policy agenda, finally being rewarded with the introduction of the Innovation Investment Funds (IIF) program.

Anne successfully raised the awareness and understanding of venture capital with a wide range of stakeholders from Australian SMEs, entrepreneurs and researchers, the finance sector and funds management industry, angel investors, business advisers, IP lawyers and corporate advisers, to Federal and State governments and the national media.

Anne gained support and recognition of the importance of supporting Australian innovation and initiated the Australian Venture Capital Awards, as well as the Annual AVCAL conference.  Anne was funded by the Australian Government to write one of the first books in Australia about venture funding, Winning Australian Venture Capital, published in 1997. Anne was made a Life Long Member of AVCAL.

Board roles

  • Sinfonia Mid North Coast
  • Public Relations of Australia (PRIA), ACT Division
  • NSW Innovation Council (1999-2000) and served on three Council Working Groups – Biotechnology, Innovation Culture, and Regional Development
  • AusDance, ACT



Anne is responsible for the firm's practice in corporate communication. She works with a range of clients from large government agencies to the NFP sector.

In particular, Anne has built her reputation in the following areas:

  • Professional communication and marketing strategy with more than 20 years experience working with large corporates and government bodies, universities, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Excellent track record in developing and execution of cost-effective and creative communication strategies aligned to organisation goals and objectives.
  • Exceptional writing skills and media relations

Anne Howard




During 2017 Howard Partners is celebrating 18 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.


Howard Partners Pty Ltd, in collaboration with Technopolis Group Limited, based in the UK, is currently providing  professional advice for the development of a long term strategic plan ‘to maximise Australia’s innovation potential, positioning Australia to seize the next wave of economic prosperity and ensuring Australia’s wellbeing and economic growth in the future’.


Howard Partners recently completed an assignment to assist the  Hunter RDA to develop a regional  'smart specialization strategy' -  an integrated, place based, and transformation policy framework that will provide a basis for regional development investment.

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