Rowland news – October 2017

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October 9, 2017

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Winangali-Rowland strategic alliance

Rowland is proud to formalise our 15-year association with Winangali — one of Australia’s leading Indigenous businesses.

Winangali is a 100% Aboriginal-owned business that is certified with Supply Nation and registered on Indigenous Business Direct — the mandated Federal Government reference points under the Commonwealth Indigenous Procurement Policy.

The alliance between Winangali and Rowland brings the strengths of both businesses together to offer 60-plus staff, together with an amalgamation of communication specialists, strategic professionals, Indigenous advisors and a creative studio to deliver a truly integrated service.

Recent appointments


Stephen Tait, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) was recently appointed as a strategic advisor to the Rowland Board. 

Prior to joining CCIQ, Stephen was Group Commercial Director for APN Australia Publishing, and Commercial Director at News Limited, where he helped spearhead and manage the transition of print newspapers into the digital age. He is also a member of the Brisbane CBD Economic Development Board, Urban Futures Board, Shaping Future Cities Queensland Steering Committee, and Queensland Small Business Advisory Council.

Recognising that digital and data is on the cusp of revolutionalising the way business can engage stakeholders, Rowland has recently engaged innovation specialist Tom Murphy as Digital and Data Strategist. Tom’s background in gaming (he was previously a senior executive at Halfbrick Studios, which developed the highly addictive video game ‘Fruit Ninja’) is helping us transform existing Rowland services such as crisis simulation training and media training into online products. His expertise in data harvesting is also providing unprecedented insights into stakeholder psychographics (interests, motivators and behaviours) which can inform communication strategy and demonstrate a clear link to outcomes.

Helping Hand


Rowland’s Helping Hand is the framework for the firm’s support of not-for-profits and charities. Giving back to the community has been a foundation of our culture from the start — we bring our values to life through the involvement and commitment of our people, and the quality pro bono work we do for a range of organisations.

For the seventh year in a row, Rowland Chairman Geoff Rodgers rolled out his sleeping bag under Brisbane’s Story Bridge in the thick of winter for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout®. Here’s Geoff (right) with Stephen Tait at the event.

An ambassador for the Queensland event, Geoff has raised more than $280,000 over the years to help increase awareness of homelessness within the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities.

Rowland has partnered with Vinnies since 2013, providing communication support to help promote the event.

Board and Committee appointments


This year, Rowland has also been privileged to work with Youngcare to develop and bring to life positioning that supports its new vision and strategy — making a bigger impact for more young people with high care needs.

Our pro bono work gives Youngcare direct access to strategic advice from our most senior advisors, helping guide the organisation through unprecedented change in the sector and setting them up for success, like winning the Charity Award in the Telstra Business Awards Queensland and signing on Today host Sylvia Jeffreys as national ambassador.

Rowland Managing Director Helen Besly was recently appointed to the Board of Brisbane Marketing — a wholly owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council, and the city’s greatest supporter.

Brisbane Marketing is the driving force behind Brisbane’s growing reputation as a progressive and globally connected city and aspires to be one of the world’s best economic development agencies.

Executive Group Manager Creative, Pip McConnel-Oats has joined the Board of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, which has been raising funds to improve the wellbeing of the most marginalised, vulnerable members of the Brisbane community for more than 50 years.

Pip replaces Helen Besly, who has stepped down after five years as a Board member.

Rowland’s property and development credentials across south-east Queensland have been recognised with appointments on two Property Council of Australia (PCA) committees. Lucy Ardern, Director Gold Coast has been appointed to the PCA Gold Coast committee and sub-committee for infrastructure planning, while Rob Lovegrove, Head of Digital is a member of PCA’s Sunshine Coast committee and sub-committee for ‘Building a Resilient Economy’.