Emerging Practitioners Group

The Emerging Practitioners and Young Guns (WA only) committees coordinate professional development and social programs for PR professionals in various states, led by the PRIA National Office.

Events are suited to communications professionals with less than five years’ experience who want to network with like-minded young professionals with a passion for PR.


  • Johnathon Parker (National Events Manager, PRIA)

New South Wales

  • Ishtar Schneider, Senior Account Manager, Palin Communications (Chair)
  • Hannah Rayment, Senior Account Manager, Weber Shandwick
  • April Rose, Senior PR and Social Account Manager, Niche Marketing Group
  • Aidan Simmons, Media and Communications Officer, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Maya Ivanovic, Account Executive, Palin Communications

South Australia

  • Maddie McDonald (President)
  • Caroline Plant
  • Linda Thammakhantry
  • Mary-Anne Maio
  • Ly Tran


  • Nicholas Bell
  • Melissa Kuttan
  • Michelle La
  • Nadine Ah
  • Tallulah Mae

Western Australia (Young Guns)

  • Rhiannon Sloan, UXC Eclipse (Chair)
  • Matt Avery, City of Subiaco (Vice Chair)
  • Jacqueline Baril, AB Web Developers/Eat The Street
  • Jamie Kho, Curtin University
  • Melissa Souter-Robertson, Nulsen Disability Services
  • Lynsey Brady, Murdoch University
  • Jordan Slight, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
  • Casey Hockey, Cannings Purple
  • Katherine Mountain, Shine Communications

Get involved

If you would like volunteer in an Emerging Practitioners Group or Young Guns committee, please email admin@pria.com.au or phone +61 2 9331 3346

Keep in touch with the Emerging Practitioners through Facebook.

Keep in touch with the Young Guns through LinkedIn

Last Updated: Wed, May 10 2017