Brett has held high level political and public service positions within NSW Government portfolios including Treasury, Industrial Relations, Transport, Roads and Housing. He has advised the state’s most senior Ministers and public servants on extremely complex, contentious and high-profile issues across a wide range of policy areas.
Brett is able to draw on his extensive management and government administration experience, and journalism background, to provide clients with comprehensive strategic, media, communications and policy advisory services, advice on government decision-making processes, and crisis and issues management.
Before joining Elton Consulting, Brett was Chief of Staff to Gladys Berejiklian, in her capacity as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations. At various times prior to this, Brett headed the policy, strategy, media and communications functions for Minister Berejiklian in the Transport portfolio.
Key achievements in these roles include successfully leading the public affairs and parliamentary strategy for the most significant NSW Industrial Relations reform in at least five years with the deregulation of Boxing Day trading and central involvement in the $20 billion poles and wires long-term lease. Brett was also integral in negotiating the RailCorp EBA, roll-out of Opal ticketing and planning and delivery of the NSW Government’s significant transport infrastructure program.
Other roles Brett has held include adviser to a senior NSW Minister in the previous NSW Government and senior manager within Transport for NSW.
Having led stakeholder relations for high profile public projects and issues management for ASX-listed companies, industry groups, and Federal and local governments, Brett has particular expertise in working closely with organisations in the transport, energy, property, retail, law and industrial relations sectors.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Media and Communications including majors in Economics, and Government and International Relations.
Areas of expertise:
- Strategic communications
- Media and stakeholder relations
- Campaigns and strategy
- Stakeholder relations
- Public policy
- Crisis and issues management
- Government decision-making processes