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Sir Lynton Crosby, AO

Sir Lynton Crosby, AO

Dubbed ‘the Wizard of Oz’ in the UK press, Sir Lynton Crosby is an internationally renowned campaign strategist and co-founder of the C|T Group.

Sir Lynton’s intuitive grasp of what it takes to win has been finely honed through years of providing high-level advice to prime ministers, premiers, opposition leaders and senior business figures.

In 1998 and 2001, he led successful campaigns for Australian Prime Minister John Howard. In 2008 he masterminded Boris Johnson’s campaign for the London mayoralty, beating Ken Livingstone, the UK Labour Party’s most electorally successful politician, against the odds. Bucking the Conservative Party’s national trend, he then repeated the feat in 2012.

During the 2015 UK General Election Sir Lynton steered the Conservative Party to an historic victory, taking the party from a 12-point deficit to a near 7-point lead. This was the first time a Conservative government had been returned to office with an increased share of the vote since 1955.

Sir Lynton holds a degree in Economics from The University of Adelaide

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C|T Group Co-Founder; Global Leader, Business Development

Mark Textor

Mark Textor

C|T Group co-founder Mark “Tex” Textor’s record speaks for itself. He held the unique position of being the pollster and electoral strategist for three Commonwealth prime ministers: the UK’s David Cameron, New Zealand’s John Key, and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and remains a trusted adviser to these party leaders and senior ministers. 

In May 2015, Tex joined Lynton Crosby in London to guide David Cameron and the UK Conservative Party to its resounding success in the 2015 General Election.

Described by Channel 4 in the UK as “one of the most influential political strategists and pollsters to walk the planet”, Tex attracts equally high praise at home in Australia, with Crikey’s 2012 Power Index describing him as “the most domineering, divisive pollsters this country’s ever seen – and the most powerful… A genius at transforming raw research into compelling communication” and recently AFR’s 2016 Covert Power List said: “his significance cannot ever be underrated, either his influence on the shaping of a political environment, or the advice he gives to corporates and other interested parties who seek his advice”.

But perhaps former London Mayor and now Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, who has sought Tex’s counsel on two successful campaigns, puts it best, simply dubbing him a “sorcerer of numbers.”

Prior to founding C|T Group, Tex was Australasian Managing Director and one of the three founding Asia-Pacific team leaders of Wirthlin Worldwide, a USD$60+ million dollar market research and consulting firm, helping to establish offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canberra and Sydney. Mark was mentored by President Ronald Reagan’s pre-eminient Pollster, Richard B. Wirthlin. 

Mark holds a degree in Economics from The Australian National University and is a member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society (AMSRS). 

Mark was born and raised in the Northern Territory.

 

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C|T Group Co-Founder; Global Leader, Research, Strategy and Innovation

Mark Fullbrook

Mark Fullbrook

With a reputation that rests on 25 years of providing top-level campaigns and communications advice, Mark Fullbrook is a Partner of the C|T Group and co-founder and Managing Director of C|T|F Partners.

Mark has advised business leaders, companies and politicians and political parties around the world, and is an expert in creating and running successful, targeted campaigns. He has overseen national campaigns in countries including the UK, Italy, South Africa, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, the DRC, Zimbabwe, Malawi and the Bahamas.

In June 2010 Mark moved to join Sir Lynton Crosby and Mark Textor to form C|T|F Partners as Managing Director. In 2012 he was Deputy Campaign Director for Boris Johnson’s victorious re-election campaign for Mayor of London.

Previously, Mark spent 10 years working for the UK Conservative Party. As Head of Campaigns he ran the target seats campaign that saw the Conservatives win the 1992 General Election against all predictions. In 1993 Mark set up and ran PLS, which for seventeen years was the UK’s premier Conservative campaigns and communications consultancy.

Mark holds a degree in Business Studies from Warwick University.

C|T|F Partners

Partner, C|T Group; Managing Director, C|T|F Partners UK, USA, Europe and MENA

Eugene Curley CMG OBE

Eugene Curley CMG OBE

As Managing Director of C|T|F Solutions, Eugene Curley has extensive expertise in political and geo-strategic issues, intelligence, conflict resolution, counter-terrorism, and international finance including sanctions.

Eugene is the former CEO of G3, a leading UK-based business intelligence, risk advisory and information security consultancy, from which he joined the C|T Group in 2014.

Prior to entering the private sector, Eugene served for 25 years as a Senior Director at the UK Foreign Office, where he led operations for the UK Government in over 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Latin America.

C|T|F Solutions

Managing Director

Yaron Finkelstein

Yaron Finkelstein

Yaron joined the Group in 2006, having worked as a Federal Cabinet-level media and political adviser in the Howard Government.

For the past 15 years, he has specialised in political and corporate communications campaigns and has advised CEOs, boards and executives on over 70 campaigns in a diverse range of industries including the media, banking, health, defence and fast moving consumer goods. This includes some of Australia’s most high profile advocacy campaigns, managing highly charged and contentious public issues.

Yaron’s practical communications experience includes several years working in strategic public relations and establishing a successful advertising and marketing bureau.

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Chief Executive Officer

Chris Blackhurst

Chris Blackhurst

Chris Blackhurst is Managing Director of C|T|F Financial and Corporate Communications, a role which allows him to make full use of skills gained at the most senior levels of the UK media.

Chris was previously Editor of the Independent, before becoming Group Editorial Director of the Independent and Evening Standard. Prior to this he was Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday and Express titles. He also served as City Editor for 10 years at the Evening Standard and was Deputy Editor of Insight on the Sunday Times

As well as being a gifted communicator, Chris has extensive investigative experience, having headed up investigation teams for both print and TV.

C|T|F Corporate and Financial Communications

Managing Director

Remo Nogarotto

Remo Nogarotto

As Managing Director of C|T I&CA, Remo Nogarotto brings together a rare balance of political, business and investment banking experience.

Remo has assisted clients with numerous cross-border transactions in Australia and Europe, and more recently China and the UAE.

He joined the Group in 2011, following five years in Rome as Senior Advisor Southern Europe for Macquarie Capital. During this time, he also served on Macquarie Capital’s European Advisory Board.

Remo is a former Director of the New South Wales Liberal Party and has also held senior roles in the Australian corporate sector.

C|T International and Corporate Advisory

Managing Director

Jon de Jager FCA

Jon de Jager FCA

As Managing Director of C|T|F Private, Jon de Jager is a leading expert in sourcing and executing complex financial solutions for private and corporate clients.

With an extensive network built up over nearly two decades of working across corporate finance, taxation, corporate and personal restructurings, Jon has successfully executed in excess of $1 billion of investments and restructurings for private families and UHNW individuals in the last few years alone.

Jon qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC LLP, before joining Ernst and Young LLP to specialise in Corporate Finance. He then founded a City based Corporate Finance advisory boutique.

C|T|F Private

Managing Director

Sam Lyon

Sam Lyon

An expert communications strategist, Sam Lyon is able to draw on a decade’s experience as a Fleet Street journalist to provide senior counsel and advice on strategic and crisis communications, messaging, day-to-day media handling and media training.

Prior to joining C|T|F Partners in 2012, Sam worked at City Hall as Director of Communications and official spokesman to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Sam managed all the Mayor’s external affairs during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sam was also Media Director, spokesman and senior campaign advisor to Boris Johnson during his successful 2012 mayoral campaign.

C|T|F Partners

Senior Director

Andrew Hirst

Andrew Hirst

One of Canberra’s most respected political professionals, Andrew is Director and Head of the C|T’s Group’s new Canberra-based government and political affairs business.

Prior to joining the Group, Andrew was appointed Director of Communications in March 2016 for the Liberal Party, and led the media and communications team within the Coalition’s 2016 federal election campaign headquarters.

Andrew served in the offices of former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, and worked for Malcolm Turnbull and Brendan Nelson in Opposition.

As well as holding senior media advisor roles for successive Liberal leaders, Andrew also served for two years as Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Canberra Liaison

Director and Head

Isaac Levido

Isaac Levido

Isaac has played a pivotal role in political and corporate campaigns in the UK, US, Australia and across the developing world.

Most recently, as Assistant to the Campaign Director, he helped deliver the Conservative Party’s historic victory at the 2015 UK General Election.

Prior to joining C|T|F, Isaac worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2010 election cycle, before moving to the Australian Embassy where he helped manage the Australian Government’s engagement with the United States Congress.

C|T|F Global

Director

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