Geoff Rodgers OAM

Chairman

After founding Rowland in 1992 as a one-person operation, Geoff Rodgers has led the Company’s growth into one of Australia’s premier strategic communication organisations.

As Chairman, Geoff is widely recognised as a leader in the profession, having built a particularly strong track record across a range of industry sectors.

Over the past 30 years, he has provided strategic consulting support to some of the world’s and Australia’s most significant entities including ExxonMobil, BHP Billiton, Vale, Rio Tinto, Glencore, Anglo American, British Gas, AMP, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Suncorp, News Corp, Lend Lease, Brookfield, Leighton, Vodafone, McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, Morgans Stockbroking, Queensland Investment Corporation, Port of Brisbane, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Brisbane Airport Corporation, IBM, City of Daejeon, and a range of departments and agencies across the three tiers of government.

Geoff was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List. He was named “Business Person of the Year” at the 2012 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, in 2000, received recognition from the Public Relations Institute of Australia for having made a “significant contribution to the industry”, and received a ‘Special Acknowledgement Award’ for chairing the Brisbane City Hall Restoration Fund from the National Trust 2017 Queensland Heritage Awards.

He is also currently Chairman of Integrated Development Strategies Pty Ltd, Director of IWS Pty Ltd, Director of the Lord Mayor’s Business Round Table, Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Strategic Advisor to InterFinancial Ltd, an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland School of Journalism and Communication, and Ambassador of CEO Sleepout for St Vincent De Paul Society. He has held a number of other Board and committee positions over the years, as well as several key industry positions, including Vice President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (Qld), Chairman of the Registered Consultancies Group, and Executive Councillor of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Geoff has provided voluntary strategic communication support to a broad range of charity and not-for-profit groups, and has been involved in a number of significant civic projects and bodies including the National Trust Brisbane City Hall Appeal (Chairman), Major Brisbane Festivals (Director), General Douglas McArthur Brisbane Memorial (Deputy Chairman of Steering Committee and Trustee), Tattersall’s Club (Vice President), St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace (Deputy Chairman), Edmund Rice Foundation (Committee Member), CEDA (State Advisory Committee Member), and was a member of Queensland Fundraising Committee for the Australian Olympic Committee (Rio 2016).

Areas of expertise

  • Strategic counsel
  • Corporate strategy
  • Financial relations
  • Corporate governance
  • Government relations and advice
  • Issues management
  • Business development and facilitation.

Industry experience

  • Mining, energy, and resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Finance and investment
  • Property and real estate
  • Sport, leisure, tourism, and hospitality
  • Transport
  • Agribusiness
  • Information technology.

Government Qualifications and professional affiliations

  • Bachelor of Business – Communication, QUT
  • Diploma in Marketing, Australian School of Business and Law
  • Diploma, Company Directors Course – Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow, Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • Member, International Public Relations Association.
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