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.

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.

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