Jim Kelly

Managing Director

Jim is a corporate communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in financial PR and politics.  Jim’s expertise lies in the area of financial transactions – M&A, equity capital markets, capital restructures – as well as major reputational issues confronting public companies.

More than 14 years’ ago Jim was a founding partner of Third Person Communications, which was subsequently purchased by FTI Consulting.  Jim helped grow the agency into the largest specialist financial communication advisory firm in the country, and led a team of more than 80 people in Australia and Asia. 

Between 1994 and 1997 Jim worked as a media advisor to several senior Coalition leaders, including the Health Minister in the Fahey Government and to the Leader of the Opposition, Peter Collins. These roles included the management of Ministerial profiles, the development of parliamentary strategies and the management of controversial issues.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Charles Sturt University and a Master of International Studies (M.Int.S) from University of Sydney.

Recent Projects

  • Woodside’s proposed merger with BHP Petroleum;
  • Strategic advice to Dexus on building awareness of the benefits of working from an office;
  • Strategic advice to the Board and management of Sydney Airport in its response to an unsolicited takeover offer; and
  • General communications support and media strategy for clients recently including AMP, Brookfield, James Hardie, Rio Tinto, Seven Group, Tabcorp, TPG Capital and Viva Energy.