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We are excited to announce the appointment of experienced corporate consultant Peter Kermode as an Account Manager, further strengthening our market-leading Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs capabilities. Peter joins a Cannings Purple Investor Relations and Capital Markets team that has advised on more than US$130 billion of M&A transactions over the past 12 years and which in 2018 ranked at the top of Business News’ prestigious PR table for a third year in a row. He brings considerable, relevant experience from previous in-house roles at BHP, Chevron and Woodside and with listed property group Mirvac. “Peter is a highly respected corporate adviser and has a wide

The Aged Care Royal Commission will hear from recipients of aged care and their families at each of its public hearings around the country.  For aged care providers this confirms that the next two years may see the industry dealing with a steady stream of bad news stories. The challenge for individual providers will be to maintain the confidence of their clients and other stakeholders while examples of abuse and sub-standard care are continuously brought to public attention. At the Royal Commission’s preliminary hearing in Adelaide, Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO said there had been a “rising torrent” of concern that the aged

Cannings Purple, one of Australasia’s leading strategic communications agencies, has announced a number of internal promotions including the appointment of digital expert Ruth Callaghan to the newly created role of Chief Innovation Officer. Ms Callaghan will continue to work with clients, with a dual focus on assessing innovative strategies and services as well as developing new opportunities to strengthen both Cannings Purple’s and our clients’ digital and data-driven solutions. Cannings Purple’s Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine said the creation of the Chief Innovation Officer role was driven by the pace of disruption in the way businesses and leaders communicate. “The one certainty for all

Accidentally said something you will really, really regret? As Ray Jordan writes, you are rubbing shoulders with illustrious company. Nothing is set in stone, so goes the oft-quoted idiom. Things can change but often with great difficulty. However, it seems that when it comes to realpolitik, some things really are set in stone, no matter how much you would like to be able to change them. There is nothing tangible or physical about words. They are just words. Yet once uttered they are uttered for eternity, as permanent as the ancient pyramids. And, ill-conceived and poorly thought through, they can come back

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed the media landscape has undergone a significant transformation, our Director Fran Lawrence discusses how to manage these changes. Less than two decades ago, there were distinct channels for media coverage. Print was print, TV was TV, radio was radio, and rarely did any of them cross over. Today, media organisations work across multiple platforms. They promote, publish and seek stories across Twitter and Facebook; they use audio, video and animated infographics to support features; they actively encourage the submission of news tips, photographs and leads from the general public via websites and

There are few more stressful experiences than standing before a packed media scrum, Karen Brown Cannings Purple's National Director explains why prior preparation is the key to a successful media engagement. Think – breathe. Think – breathe. Think – breathe. Listen to the question. Listen carefully. Speak slowly. Speak clearly. Speak in complete sentences. Don’t say anything stupid! Cameras rolling…… Hot lights glowing, assertive journalists firing questions. The stakes are high. Your answers are on the record and will be the subject of intense and immediate scrutiny. You have a limited time to deliver critical information or a clear message and your efforts will be judged by your