The eduring nature of our relationships with our clients at Chief Executive and Chairman level is testament to our integrity and our value as a trusted confidant.
Throughout the journey of Company, and including the ravages and disruption of floods; the challenges of Capital Raisings; of takeover activity, and the sensitivity of Executive team transition; the fowlstone team has soundly assisted in ensuring clarity of message to our team-members, our shareholders, and all our stakeholders.
Bill Stevens: Chairman, The Reject Shop
fowlstone has been our strategic communications adviser for the past three years. During that time, they have provided solutions for a variety of different issues.
This included successful negotiations with the competition regulator regarding the final announcements of the outcome of a case brought against us by the ACCC.
fowlstone also obtained amazing coverage for us on the front page of the business section of the Daily Telegraph in London. This created a huge amount of noise when we launched in the UK Broadband market.
fowlstone has provided effective strategic solutions for every issue we have placed before them.
Richard Purdy: CEO, Exetel
fowlstone has played a key role in advising Centennial Coal on the management of a number of complicated communication challenges over a period of more than six years.
This has included M&A transactions, profit downgrade announcements, corporate restructurings and safety related incidents. We greatly value the depth of experience and strategic focus fowlstone brings to our communication.
Bob Cameron: Managing Director & CEO, Centennial Coal
Having worked successfully with fowlstone in the past, it was without hesitation that I engaged the firm once more to provide strategic communications support to Godfreys during the Company’s IPO process. I am pleased to say my already lofty expectations were exceeded.
Their insightful approach was exceptional, with the frequency and scope of the resulting media coverage far exceeding our expectations. The float was a resounding success and fowlstone played a vital role in that success.
Rod Walker: Chairman, Godfreys
fowlstone has been our communications adviser in Australia for more than seven years. During this time the firm has provided us with well thought out, strategic communications advice as we dealt with a number of challenges facing the Franklins business including destabilisation campaigns by our competitors, several well publicised legal cases, product recalls and other corporate issues.
Following our decision to sell Franklins, fowlstone struck the careful balance required by our communications as we navigated through a complex, drawn out sales process including a Federal Court challenge and appeal by the ACCC – ultimately culminating in our successful exit from the Australian market.
Gareth Ackerman: Non-Executive Chairman Pick n Pay, South Africa
Multiplex had to deal with some very complex public issues over the past few years. fowlstone has played a leading role in helping us to respond to these issues in a highly responsive and professional manner. Geoff has provided invaluable counsel on complex international issues, and often stuck with us through the night to ensure we met demanding timelines.
Andrew Roberts: former Managing Director, Multiplex Group
fowlstone has been a key adviser to the partners of Next Capital for nearly a decade, including our tenure at Macquarie Bank, bringing highly commercial, relevant and objective advice. This has included a number of highly sensitive issues that had high visibility both within the bank and board and the wider community.
Patrick Elliott: Chairman, JB Hi-Fi; Founder, Next Capital; former Executive Director, Macquarie Bank
fowlstone was engaged to provide issues management and external affairs counsel at a tumultuous time in Downer EDI’s history. Geoff brings a firm grasp of the strategic arena and excellent communications skills. He promulgates his views and recommendations without fear or favour, regardless of whose opinions he might be seen to be challenging and that is an incredibly valuable commodity.
Stephen Mockett: General Counsel & EGM Corporate Services, Downer EDI
fowlstone worked with us for more than a decade to help build a better profile for Macquarie Bank’s private equity business bringing an in-depth understanding of financial markets and a very hands-on approach. fowlstone has been equally helpful as a pro bono adviser to Social Ventures Australia bringing highly strategic counsel.
Michael Traill: Co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Bank’s private equity business; founding Chief Executive Officer, Social Ventures Australia
We greatly value the high-level, hands-on counsel fowlstone has been able to provide on complex issues involving shareholders, the media, government and our own people. The firm brings a highly strategic dimension to our communications.