Appointments April 2015

Published on
February 26, 2015

JohnMikelThe Hon John Mickel

Rowland’s Government and Public Affairs offering has been further strengthened with the appointment of senior ALP figure, the Hon John Mickel as Strategic Advisor.

Following a distinguished parliamentary career spanning 14 years, John’s experience, expertise and understanding of ALP policies and procedures bolsters Rowland’s Government and Public Affairs capability and provides our clients with a valuable opportunity to ensure engagement opportunities with the new state government are maximised.

A former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, John has also held ministerial roles in a number of high-profile portfolios including Energy, State Development, Environment, and Transport and Trade. He was also previously a senior policy advisor to the Goss government and the then-Opposition Leader, Peter Beattie.

He was integral in the establishment of Trade and Investment Queensland as a statutory body, based on the findings of his 2013 review. In the same year, John was appointed to the board of Queensland Rail, where he still maintains an active role in the organisation’s direction.

In addition to his work at Rowland, John also lectures at Queensland University of Technology in Political Science and is a regular political commentator on radio and television.

For further information on how John Mickel can help your business understand the opportunities associated with the new state government, contact Nick McAlpine, Director Government and Public Affairs at or (07) 3229 4499.

David-EvertonDavid Everton

David Everton joined Rowland’s Government and Public Affairs team in 2014 after six years in state and local government in policy and project roles, and two years consulting directly to all levels of government.

David brings broad experience in the areas of economic development, town planning, government strategy, and business process improvement, and provides valuable insight to clients regarding local government engagement and planning matters.

Prior to joining Rowland, David served on the secretariat of the South-East Queensland Council of Mayors, with responsibility for the economic development portfolio that included the Economic Development Priorities Working Group, chaired by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

He was also instrumental in the delivery of the Council of Mayor’s Planning Reform projects including the Development Assessment Process Reform — Operational Works and Large Subdivisions (DAPR-OWLS) project.

David holds Masters degrees in Business Administration and Professional Accounting from the Queensland University of Technology.

Marci Marci Turrisi

Marci Turrisi joined Rowland in early 2015 as a Senior Consultant in the Integrated Marketing Communication practice. She has a strong background in traditional public relations, communication and marketing, as well as digital and social media campaigns and events.

Prior to joining Rowland, Marci was a senior consultant at Lucid Media, a full service media communication agency, where she managed an extensive range of local and national clients including food and beverage, beauty and skin care brands, fast moving consumer goods, health and wellbeing, and tourism.

Marci started her career in events management before managing public relations in-house for companies such as travel website, and more recently, global infrastructure company, Ansaldo STS where she managed the corporate communication for the Asia Pacific region.

She is also a Tutor at Queensland University of Technology, teaching the PR Campaigns subject as part of the School of Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing.