Des Riley – Director

Des specialises in the development and direction of communications strategies for large private and public sector organisations.  A trained journalist and long-standing member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, his skills include strategic communications planning, issues and crisis communications management, media relations, writing, event management and production services. 

Des has comprehensive, hands-on corporate and public relations management experience across many industries. In addition to major corporations such as DuPont, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Nestlé and Metcash-IGA, his clients have included Economic Regulation Authority, CHC Helicopters, Goldfields Gas Transmission, Jones Lang LaSalle, LandCorp, Leighton Contractors, Macquarie Bank Real Estate, Schlumberger, Uniting Church Homes, Urban Pacific Ltd, and Woodside Energy.

He has career-long experience in dealing with a range of difficult and high profile community and industry issues management projects. His clients have included property, consumer, infrastructure, and construction and resources sector companies as well as government departments and agencies.

Prior to establishing his own consultancy in 1991, Des was an Account Director for two of the largest public relations consultancies in Western Australia and New South Wales. His key achievements include a national Public Relations Institute of Australia (WA) award for the management of the national LJ Hooker account as well as State and National awards for LandCorp and the WA Independent Grocers Association.

In addition to completing the ‘Growth’ and ‘Master Class’ Programs at Curtin University, Des has tutored in public relations practice at Curtin University and has been a guest lecturer on crisis communications management at the University of Western Australia/Graduate School of Management MBA program.


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