The team

At The Communication Link the sum of the parts is greater than the individual; the Communication Link has a strong commitment to equal opportunity and flexible work environments.  Our experienced team seeks opportunities to contribute to challenging and interesting communications projects while maintaining positive work-life balance, often associated with raising children – tomorrow’s community.

Managing Director – Helen Leayr

Helen is the Managing Director of The Communication Link.  She has over twenty years’ experience in industry representation, including five years as Executive Director of the Canberra Business Council, a leading regional development organisation.

Helen has extensive industry, government, bureaucratic and media networks, and is experienced at dealing with all levels of public and private sectors.  Helen delivers a well-planned, dynamic campaign that engages key stakeholders, including the media, and produces clear outcomes for clients. She is an outstanding facilitator of meetings, workshops and consultation sessions.  Her high level of empathy across the community and business sectors delivers a balanced session where all stakeholders feel they have had an ability to contribute.

Senior Communications Consultant – Kerri Hannaford

Kerri has been part of The Communication Link team since 2010. Kerri loves people and works with communities and the business sector to engage effectively with all stakeholders, taking the time to listen and understand their point of view. Kerri draws on extensive government sector strategic communications experience to provide considered input and hands on engagement across all projects.

Senior Communications Consultant – Alison Abernethy

Alison has worked extensively in public sector communications, focusing on external communications and policy advice as well as internal engagement and cultural change programs.  She has a well developed sense of strategic policy as it guides public sector communications and enjoys the challenge of implementing new communications within government agencies.

Senior Communications Advisor – Ellen Samuels

Ellen has fourteen years’ experience in communications, change management, stakeholder engagement and education working across a range of industry and government programs.

She has outstanding communication and liaison skills, high level research skills and advanced presentation skills. Ellen is highly skilled in explaining complicated, technical information in accessible, relevant ways. Ellen has technical experience across a range of scientific and informational technology fields.

She is experienced in preparing and delivering communications and stakeholder engagement strategies, developing communications materials, managing the production of social and digital media product and coordination of a variety of engagement activities. She has strong organisational skills and is recognised as a valuable member of multi-disciplinary project teams.

Senior Communications Consultant – Louise Burgess

Louise has been a valued member of The Communication Link team since 2013. Louise’s wide ranging experience across both ACT and Commonwealth Government agencies allows her to provide support to strategic communications and change management initiatives, particularly in relation to systems implementations across broad stakeholder groups. She successfully works across all levels of management able to influence positive outcomes within a team environment and as a leader.  She is an outstanding promoter of change and associated communications campaigns.

Senior Writer and Editor – Lisa Borella

Lisa has recently joined The Communication Link team working with projects that include the Garage Sale Trail and Canberra Metro. Lisa has excellent writing and proof-reading skills and is able to draw together key themes and arguments on behalf of a client to deliver collateral well-matched to the target audience.  She has extensive stakeholder engagement experience and understands the power of the written word to provide a strong basis for relationships with stakeholders, clients, potential clients, media and members of the public.  Lisa provides particular expertise to The Communication Link team in the area of social media and community content.

Graphic Designer and Artist – Karen Silsby

Karen has extensive experience in a wide variety of private and public sector positions. She has run her own graphic design business for over 20 years, and worked with clients in a large number of industries, including engineering, pharmacy, education, fisheries, and social work. At The Communication Link, Karen provides high quality graphic design across all client projects, including the production of collateral, reports, discussion and consultation papers, infographics and the creation of logo’s brand and styles guides if required. Karen is also a practising artist, has exhibited widely and won the inaugural Radford Art Prize in 2016.

Director, Web Developer – Adam Leayr

Adam has been a Director of The Communication Link since 2008.  He has over fifteen years of web design and development experience with extensive government administration and management skills. Adam ensures that The Communication Link’s clients have the right technological support to meet their information needs, including managing the data analytics associated with understanding extensive community or stakeholder feedback. Adam provides web development and maintenance service to a number of clients and community organisations.  He provides financial management and back-office logistical support across all The Communication Link work to ensure projects are delivered on time and to the clients financial specifications.

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Our team members are highly experienced and draw upon a range of different backgrounds in both the private and public sectors including:

  • communications professionals
  • writers
  • proof readers and editors
  • project managersAdam Leayr
  • event managers
  • graphic designers
  • marketing professionals
  • PR managers
  • administrative support.

The Communication Link draws on the diverse experiences of its team members to put together an outstanding team for every project.

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