Anne is a Director of Howard Partners and specialist in organisational communication, social business and digital technologies. Part of Anne’s expertise includes integrating social media and Web 2.0 technologies into an organisation’s current corporate strategy. Anne joined Howard Partners in 1999 bringing skills, knowledge and expertise in early stage venture capital investment and strategies for growth in innovative businesses.
Anne specialises in working with clients to manage communication and information resources in the areas of stakeholder engagement, public communication, internal collaboration, stimulating innovation, and achieving measurable returns and results. A central feature of this work is the strategic use of social media in achieving business and program objectives and outcomes.
Prior to joining Howard Partners, Anne was a Business Development Manager at CSIRO and was involved in a number of successful commercialisation projects, including the BARLEYmax(R) discovery. Anne was the inaugural CEO of the Australian Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) and subsequently Executive Director of Knowledge Commercialization Australasia. During this time Anne was a member of the NSW Innovation Council.
Anne holds academic qualifications in strategic communications, information management and Internet communications. She is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and a Global Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London.
Don is an Associate of the firm. His professional experience covers participation in research projects on technology transfer in Australia and internationally over 20 years.
During 2018 Howard Partners is celebrating 20 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.
Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.
Howard Partners is currently working with the National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee on a Performance Review of Australia's Rural Innovation System.
In November 2017 the Review Team released an Issues Paper to guide consultations and discussions about the Review. The consultations program has now been completed, involving meetings with over 100 people from research and teaching organisations, business and government.