H&K strengthens health and public affairs offerings with senior hire

Wed, Oct 26 2011

Hill & Knowlton (H&K) has strengthened its award winning Health and Public Affairs offerings with the appointment of Laura Ryan as Associate Director.

A former Federal Government senior adviser and Departmental campaign manager, Ms Ryan has wide experience in the political and communications sectors.

Her most recent role has been working with the Department of Health and Ageing in the communications team. Prior to this she was Press Secretary to the Hon Nicola Roxon, Minister for Health and Ageing, including during the last Federal Election campaign.

She has also served as Media and Senior Policy Adviser to the Hon Alan Griffin, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs; and Campaign Manager and Public Affairs Manager in the Department of Health and Ageing.

Prior to these roles she worked as a producer for ABC Radio in Canberra.

Hill & Knowlton Australia Managing Director, Sue Cook said Ms Ryan’s appointment would not only add depth to the company’s health communications team under the leadership of Health Practice Director, Melissa Chlad, but she would also be a valuable asset to the Public Affairs practice and also work across the business with clients on stakeholder engagement, issues management and media strategy.

“Laura has an impressive track record in effective media liaison and stakeholder relationship development to build improved public awareness of key issues, such as the national health reform agenda,” Ms Cook said.

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