Helen Besly

Managing Director

Helen Besly oversees the company-wide management of Rowland’s strategic offering, including the growth and management of the full breadth of our communication services.

With more than 30 years’ experience in providing strategic counsel in communication, issues management, and organisational change, Helen
is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in Australia’s communication industry.

Noted by clients and associates for having an insightful and candid approach to business and communication challenges, Helen is a corporate coach to many of Australia’s senior business and community leaders and sought-after facilitator.

Helen believes business is all about people, relationships and conversations, and that respecting and valuing individuals is critical to gaining their support and trust. Her extensive experience spans the public, government, and private sectors including utilities, energy, resources, and education sectors, as well as healthcare, infrastructure, and transport.

An active member of the Queensland business community, among her many accolades Helen has won a Telstra Business Women’s Award and a Centenary Medal for her services to Australian business leadership. She is also an Executive Advisor to QUT’s Executive MBA Program and member of Chief Executive Women. Helen joined Rowland in 1996, having previously been Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller, Hong Kong.

Areas of expertise

  • Strategic counsel
  • Issues management
  • Corporate, individual and project positioning
  • Strategic planning and workshop facilitation
  • Communication and management training
  • Organisational change communication.

Industry experience

  • Public companies
  • Local and state government agencies
  • Industrial and technology
  • Utilities
  • Pharmaceutical and Health Care
  • Education
  • Energy and Resources.

Qualifications & professional affiliations

  • Bachelor of Business – Communication, Queensland University of Technology
  • Fellow Public Relations Institute of Australia (FPRIA)
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)
  • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of Chief Executive Women
  • Member of QUT’s Business School Academic Board
  • Trustee, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
  • Member of the Queensland Community Foundation Board of Governors.
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