Meet the staff behind our Institute

Anne Howard MPRIA
Chief Executive Officer

Highly experienced communication and public relations management professional with twenty years experience.

Anne has held board positions in industry, government, and the research sectors. She has appointed to the NSW Innovation Council and worked on the Regional Innovation, Cultural Change, and Biotechnology working groups.
Anne holds a Master's Degree in Online Communication and Information Studies, majoring in Social Technologies; and a BA (Communication) specialising in Public Relations Strategy, Social Psychology, and Marketing Management.

Johnathon Parker MPRIA
National Events Manager

Johnathon is an events and marketing professional with experience in the management of conferences, awards evenings, gala dinners, cocktail and social events, seminars, meetings and more. He is a positive and detail-oriented professional committed to excellence and passionate about learning, achieving goals and helping others do the same. Johnathon holds a Diploma of Events and an Advanced Diploma of Venues & Events. With 5+ years industry experience in event management, he brings enthusiasm and fresh new ideas to the PRIA team.

Ashleigh Bonetti
Membership Officer

Ashleigh recently moved to Sydney from Perth after graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor in Commerce, majoring in Public Relations and Management. With over five years of corporate experience, she is now eager to pursue a career in the PR industry.

Ashleigh has had industry experience when she undertook an internship with a WA-based health insurance provider and found a passion for coordinating community fundraising events such as the HBF Run for a Reason.

Now part of the PRIA, she is enthusiastic about her role, engaging with our community and bringing great energy to the team.

Ashley George
Events & Admin Coordinator

Ashley has over 8 years’ experience in events, administration, marketing and communications. She has a Diploma of Event Management and extensive experience managing conferences and seminars, social and professional networking events, and personal and professional development events in both Australia and the UK.

While she is passionate about events, she is also keen to learn and expand on her experience in other areas of business which has led her to the PRIA.

She is organised and proactive in her approach, and she always strives to deliver results at the highest possible standard. With a versatile range of experience, particularly in the membership, not-for-profit and professional services sectors, Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge to PRIA and is excited to be taking on this new role.

Terence Lau

Terence Lau has over 10 years financial & management accounting experience in providing accounting services, payroll and salary packaging solutions to SMEs and not-for-profit community organisations.

He was a former member of Quality MYOB Consultant panel assisting clients in setting up and training them to use MYOB accounting applications.

Prior to joining PRIA in May 2016, he served as Accountant for 14 years with Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW and is privileged to be part of the PRIA team.

Samantha Johnson
Local Support Officer - South Australia

Samantha is passionate about telling inspirational stories that help make a difference in the community. Degree qualified with a Bachelor of Communications from the University of South Australia, she has more than 10 years’ experience within the public sector, not-for-profit and media sectors. She has worked in Australia and the UK as a communications and public relations executive in all areas of media management (emergency and pro-active), developing and executing PR, communications, social media and fundraising strategies.

Samantha developed and implemented the Deadly award winning Puiyurti (Don’t Smoke) Rewrite Your Story campaign. The campaign inspired the Aboriginal community in Adelaide to rewrite their own stories by quitting smoking. It included seven short films which continue to be broadcast on NITV, along with a PR and social marketing campaign. In the UK, Samantha also developed and implemented the PR and social marketing launch of a £9.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to raise awareness and money for homelessness projects.

Kath Davine
Local Support Officer - Victoria
Kahlia Beers
Local Support Officer - Western Australia

Kahlia has recently graduated from Murdoch University, with a Bachelor of Communication with a double major in Public Relations, Tourism and Events Management. With four year's experience in both corporate and consultancy environments, she has undertaken multiple internships and paid work within both Public Relations and event management across a number of industries. Kahlia has an attention for detail and is extremely passionate and motivated to be working for PRIA.

Kim Ellis
Local Support Officer - Queensland

Kim Ellis is an event management and administrative specialist. She is a detail-orientated professional with strengths in event planning, execution and membership management.

Kim has a Bachelor degree in business, majoring in marketing. Her experience includes advertising client service, marketing coordination, executive support, project management, customer relationship management and delivery of events.

In addition to her role as the Qld Local Support Officer, Kim keeps an active presence in the community by volunteering as the Vice President at her children’s swim club.

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 05 2016