Vaxa Group is a strategic, integrated professional services firm working with companies, governments and NGOs to identify, communicate and grow business and operational needs. We provide ideas, strategies and solutions, which produce outcome-driven results.
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Damian Bathersby


Damian has 40 years of experience as a print and online journalist and has built a reputation as an honest, reliable and skilful storyteller and commentator.

Damian’s journalistic experience and knowledge is well-rounded. From politics to sport and breaking news to feature articles, there is hardly an area of the print media in which Damian hasn’t been involved.

Much of his career has been spent in regional communities, such as northern NSW and south-east Qld. This has provided Damian with an affinity with and deep understanding of people living on the land and in country towns, along with urban life and issues.

More recently, he spent almost 20 years with the Sunshine Coast Daily, where he held key senior positions, such as editor and deputy editor, leading teams of up to 30 journalists and photographers covering the key issues of life in a rapidly-growing community.

Before joining Vaxa Group, Damian was Queensland Deputy Editor of Quest Newspapers, the community arm of News Ltd, with responsibility for 25 staff, 17 Brisbane community newspapers and a dozen websites.

His key focus as a journalist has been holding a mirror up to his community - delving into the issues that affect real people and telling the stories clearly, concisely, fairly and with real passion.

It’s this passion for storytelling and achieving positive, constructive coverage that Damian brings to Vaxa Group and its clients. Today Damian supports Vaxa Group with various accounts covering the property, services and manufacturing sectors.

Our People

Vaxa Group’s team are all highly-skilled experts in their respective fields, with vast experience across key fields including Business Development, Strategy, Operational Planning, Communications, Data Analytics, Content Marketing, Crisis Management, Government Relations and Policy Development.

Todd Crowley

Managing Partner

As the Founder and Managing Partner of Vaxa Group, Todd is a Business Development, Strategy, Engagement and Management professional with over 20 years practical experience, designing and delivering business solutions within the Asia Pacific region.

Greg Bourke

Partner – Community Engagement & Business Development

With more than 20 years of diverse experience in business communications for both the public and private sectors, Greg’s experience has seen him take on many roles including business development, strategic planning, stakeholder and government relations, as well as development policy and analysis.

Sarah Morgan

Partner – Communications and Media

Combining her experience as a print journalist and corporate communications professional, Sarah has made a name for herself delivering innovative, targeted and strategic marketing and communications programs that far surpass original KPIs and briefs.

Curtis West

Partner – Data Analysis, Software Engineering

Curtis is a data analytics specialist, business analyst, and software engineer bringing together experience in these areas and his outcomes-driven motivation to deliver meaningful results in a range of business areas. Curtis is able to rapidly evaluate and strategise the leveraging of data and software systems for improved commercial outcomes.

Michelle Connelly

Associate – Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Michelle Connelly is an advisor to the property development and extractive industries. She is a Director on the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) Board and a Fellow of the UDIA.

Damian Bathersby

Media and Communications Specialist

Damian has 40 years of experience as a print and online journalist and has built a reputation as an honest, reliable and skilful storyteller and commentator.

Kirsten Sealey

Digital Marketing Specialist

Kirsten is a highly experienced marketer and executive manager with a career spanning over 15 years. In this time, Kirsten has held managerial positions in some of Queensland’s most iconic arts companies including Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane Writers Festival and the Empire Theatres, Toowoomba, as well as within the education sector in the UK and as a consultant across a multitude of industries.

Angie Kay

Communications Specialist

Angie is a freelance writer, storyteller and editor with vast experience from general news on community newspapers to covering commodities for internationally recognised publications.

Paddy Hallinan

Strategic Engagement and Planning Specialist - Government

A retired ADF Colonel, Paddy is a proven leader with over 30 years Defence, security, crisis management and operational logistics experience. His background and currency within the ADF allows for visibility on current Defence initiatives, key stakeholders and Tier 1 and 2 contractors.

Dr Mark Harvey

Governance and Change Specialist

Mark is an Organisational Change Leader and Management Consultant with internationally recognised expertise in designing and delivering corporate governance and integrity programs for organisations in Australia and overseas. Mark has delivered strategic and operational outcomes for many organisations in the fields of business improvement, innovation and value for money enhancements.

Drew Patten

Property Development and Infrastructure Specialist

Drew has 20+ years of hands-on business experience across complex and diverse service industries including development, logistics, corporate real estate and hospitality.