Strategic Communications & Public Affairs (SCAPA)

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We are the University’s central point for corporate, internal and external communication, community engagement, public lectures and outreach, VIP visits and protocol. We  produce the quarterly magazine ANU Reporter, enewsletters On Campus and Experience ANU, and manage the ANU Newsroom website and the ANU Channel on YouTube.

We are comprised of three groups: Strategic Communications, who are the storytellers, Public Affairs, who are the connectors and Multimedia, who bring our stories to life.

The storytellers look after corporate communications, media relations, social media, internal communications and reputation and issues management. The connectors run major events, public lectures and outreach, VIP visits and protocol and government, corporate, diplomatic and community relationships.

Together, we tell the ANU story. We contribute to achieving the University’s strategic goals by shaping public opinion, fostering ANU engagement and critical relationships, harnessing pride within the institution, and showcasing ANU excellence.

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Name & position Phone Email
Jane O’Dwyer
02 6125 5001
0416 249 231
Penny Cox
Associate Director
02 6125 8399
0478 337 706
Elizabeth Richter
Assistant Communications and Public Affairs Officer
02 6125 6125

Media hotline

Journalists are welcome to contact any of our listed experts directly. Contact the Strategic Communications team for other media queries or help tracking down an expert that isn’t on the list on:

02 6125 7979 (staffed inside and outside business hours)

Strategic Communications team

Name & position Phone Email
James Grubel
Strategic Communications Manager
02 6125 7988
0481 439 181
Phil Dooley
Senior Communications Officer
(Science, medicine and engineering)
02 6125 5575
0478 337 740
Aaron Walker
Senior Communications Officer
(Humanities and public policy)
02 6125 8486
0418 307 213
Kate Prestt
Media Communications Officer
02 6125 0027
0416 249 310
Simon Jenkins
Media Communications Officer
02 6125 5210
0478 337 739

Public Affairs team

Name & position Phone Email
Georgia Nielsen
Senior Communications & Public Affairs Officer
02 6125 7081
Katharine Pierce
Events & Public Lectures Coordinator
02 6125 4144
Sandy Hawke
VIP Visits & Protocol Coordinator
02 6125 0129
Richard Fox
Corporate Communications Officer
ANU Reporter Editor
02 6125 4171
Samara O’Donohue
Government Relations Officer
02 6125 0259

Multimedia team

Name & position Phone Email
Jamie Kidston
Senior Multimedia Officer
02 6125 9313
Edwina Wright
Multimedia Officer
02 6125 5933
Jack Fox
Assistant Multimedia Officer
02 6125 9313
Stuart Hay
Multimedia Officer
02 6125 4292

Mailing & general contact

Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
Chancelry, Building 10
The Australian National University
ACT 0200 Australia
T 02 6125 6125
F 02 6125 8255

Updated:  12 November 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Director, SCAPA/ Page Contact:  Director, SCAPA