Company Profile

TG Public Affairs is a major public affairs consultancy, with offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.  We ensure our client’s priorities are clearly understood within Australia’s parliaments and bureaucracies.  Established in 1998, the firm has built a strong reputation by providing sound strategic and policy advice, designing effective advocacy programs and by utilising its extensive political and senior bureaucratic networks.

An alliance with national law firm Thomson Geer supplements the firm's political understanding and insight with a broad range of other skill sets, including research capabilities, in-depth legislative analysis, reputation and risk management, and regulatory oversight.

TG Public Affairs’ clients include some of the world’s leading brands and Australia’s largest companies, universities and major industry associations. We have proven success in assisting clients in sectors as diverse as defence, resources, innovation, media and telecommunications, financial services, the environment and academia.

Each of the principals of TG Public Affairs contributes a background at a senior level in national public service and within the private sector.  Their formidable range of contacts extends throughout Australia’s governments, at both state and federal levels, party organisations of all political persuasions, peak industry bodies and major corporations.

All work is undertaken on a team basis with principals and staff playing a direct and hands-on role in pursuing client goals.

TG Public Affairs is fully compliant with the Commonwealth Code of Conduct for lobbyists:

https://lobbyists.ag.gov.au/register

  • Mark Brandon-Baker OAM

    Mark’s career has unusually seen him serve at senior levels in both the private and public sectors and within political circles.

    Before his commencement with TG Public Affairs, Mark was Group Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs for the Westpac Banking Corporation. As such, he advised the Bank’s Board and Senior Management on all legislative, regulatory and reputational risk issues affecting the Bank’s interests.

    Mark was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2019 for services to the community of Canberra.

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  • John Brenton

    John Brenton is a former diplomat with specialist advocacy expertise. He designs and executes bespoke strategies to support TG Public Affairs clients achieve commercial outcomes at the intersection of politics and commerce. He is also a specialist in government tender advisory, having designed and executed campaigns to assist clients win major government contracts, particularly in the defence sector.

    John brings to TG Public Affairs considerable international experience, having served as a diplomat in the United States of America (US), where he led a campaign to overturn US import bans on Australian products. John drove Australia’s economic diplomacy and engagement in the United States through 'G'Day USA' – a program which advances business cooperation with the US.

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  • Paul Chamberlin

    Paul Chamberlin has worked in lobbying, politics, government relations and journalism in Canberra for almost 30 years. He joined TG Public Affairs in 2011.

    Paul was a Senior Adviser to three Deputy Prime Ministers and Leaders of The Nationals over a 14 year period, covering the portfolios of transport, infrastructure, regional development, trade and agriculture. During that period, he specialised in media liaison, speechwriting and political tactics. He remains well known and highly regarded within The Nationals.

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  • Brendan Tegg

    Brendan spent nearly six years working for the current Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, ultimately as his Director of Policy. He was integral to policy development for the three federal budgets and during the 2019 election campaign.

    He was also responsible for managing the Prime Minister’s legislative agenda and parliamentary strategy and enjoyed significant success with the passage of major pieces of controversial legislation through the Senate.

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  • Megan Redmond

    Megan has extensive experience preparing public affairs advice and designing and executing strategies to achieve clients’ objectives as they intersect with federal and state government policy. Her work spans a variety of sectors including defence, health, manufacturing, infrastructure and energy and resources.

    Megan was previously the manager of the firm’s research and analyst team for two years. Before TG Public Affairs, Megan was an analyst at political consultancy firm Dragoman. She worked with the Directors to achieve outcomes by preparing in-depth stakeholder and policy briefings and sector / country reports.
  • Belinda Selems

    Prior to joining TG Public Affairs, Belinda worked in a number of high-level administrative positions within the Australian Labor Party governments. These roles included Executive Assistant to Prime Ministers, the Hon Kevin Rudd and the Hon Julia Gillard.

    Following the 2013 Federal Election, Belinda served as the Office Manager for the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP.

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  • Jeff Townsend

    Jeff Townsend is a veteran of the profession of political advocacy, having been a founding partner of the TG Public Affairs predecessor company, the Endeavour Consulting Group in 1998.

    He enjoyed prior experience as a senior public servant and Ministerial Adviser. Jeff served for a decade in the Prime Minister’s Department in the Hawke/Keating period and was Senior Private Secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Chief of Staff to Trade Minister John Dawkins.

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  • Scott McGrath

    Political staffing has been central to Scott’s career, which most recently saw him in the office of the NSW Minister for Corrections and Counter Terrorism. As Director of Policy, the role required the delivery of key justice related programs and infrastructure projects and management of COVID-19 protocols.

    In a previous role for the NSW Government, Scott was employed by the Minister for Energy and Resources. In addition, he has staffed for a federal Member of Parliament.
  • Mark Brandon-Baker OAM
  • John Brenton
  • Paul Chamberlin
  • Brendan Tegg
  • Megan Redmond
  • Belinda Selems
  • Jeff Townsend
  • Scott McGrath