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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Paddy Hallinan

STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT & 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.

Paddy has highly developed communication skills including liaison and negotiation gained in complex and sensitive environments for key stakeholder and relationship management – at business, Commonwealth and international level.

He is highly familiar with and experienced in Australia’s legislative, political and beaurocratic framework, and the Asia-Pacific strategic environment, using this experience where applicable to underpin business delivery and shape for winning work.

Paddy has extensive networks and relationships in the Australian government (Commonwealth and State) based logistics/security/emergency management sectors at senior executive and ministerial levels. His network of relationships includes members of parliament, senior public servants in Commonwealth and State (Queensland) departments up to Department Heads and Secretary level. In Defence his relationships are wide-ranging at across the Department at the one, two and three star level. These relationships and his in-depth knowledge and experience in government interagency planning and execution offers clients the ability to develop ‘targeted’ stakeholder engagement and business planning.

Areas of speciality

  • Strategy formulation, business rationalisation and optimisation
  • Stakeholder engagement at the senior/executive level
  • Design and implementation of supply chain and logistics programs within APAC, particularly in the Defence and security sectors
  • Program and project management of complex military efforts

Major Projects Delivered

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom – Colonel Plans
  • INTERFET Operation Astute – Colonel Plans
  • Australian Federal Police contract for helicopter AME/SAR support in the Solomon Islands 2011-13

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.

Sarah Morgan

Partner – Communications and Media

Sarah leads Vaxa’s communications and marketing operations, with a strong focus on media relations, crisis communications, content marketing and stakeholder engagement. A dynamic leader in corporate communications, Sarah is passionate about developing and delivering tailored, targeted and strategic marketing and communications that surpass client briefs and KPIs.

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.

Neil Melloy

Executive Manager – PR & Media

Neil is an experienced news executive with more than 30 years’ experience across print and digital media in Australia and the UK

Kirsten Sealey

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.

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.

Erin Long

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Erin is a media and communications specialist with a strong focus on media relations, content marketing, social media communication, copywriting and editing.

Kate Wilson

Communications Specialist

Kate is a communications specialist who has more than 15 years’ experience in content creation, media relations, digital marketing and copywriting. She is currently delivering strategic and proactive corporate communications campaigns for clients across a range of industries.

Meera Nambiar-Sgro

Communications Coordinator

Meera is a media communications all-rounder with a keen eye for sourcing attention-grabbing, proactive media opportunities. She has more than 10 years’ experience across print and radio journalism, corporate communications and media relations.

Melissa Grant

Media and Communications Specialist

Melissa is an experienced media professional with a career spanning 15 years across metropolitan and regional media. She is now focused on delivering strategic public relations campaigns for clients to increase brand awareness.

Dr Mark Harvey

Governance and Change Specialist

Dr Mark Harvey is an organisational culture improvement specialist with internationally recognised expertise in designing and delivering outcome-driven programs in Australia and overseas.

Andrew Park

Strategic Advisor

Andrew is an experienced government affairs professional with over 20 years' experience working in senior levels across Australia's public and private sectors, and currently serves as Thailand's Honorary Consul-General for Queensland.

Cassandra Mohr

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Cassie is an experienced marketing professional who has a strong focus on social media strategy, email marketing, copywriting for traditional and digital channels and event and project management.

Rochella Brisset

Vaxa Group Accountant

Tyrone Ranatunga

Data Analyst

Tyrone specialises in providing technology assurance and project services. He has experience in software design and implementation, IT establishment, IT risk, project assurance and business resilience.

Paul Eagleson

Senior Advisor

Paul is a 25-year resources industry professional with experience in corporate social responsibility, stakeholder relations, tenement management, business development & business improvement.

Louisa Busfield

Accounts & Administration Assistant

Louisa has grand plans as she steps into the world of media and content creation. Passionate about client engagement, she brings to her role experience in administration and customer service.

Jye Larrhoven

Communications and Marketing Assistant

Jye is a Communication and Marketing Assistant who enjoys introducing new and innovative ways to increase his clients’ digital footprint. He brings a fresh perspective to the social media and content creation field with skills across several online platforms.

Jamie Phillip Gascoigne

DIGITAL SPECIALIST

Jamie is a highly experienced multimedia and digital designer with over 18 years in the industry. He is accomplished in providing a wide range of solutions across multiple industries in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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