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Robert Champion de Crespigny, AC
Robert Champion de Crespigny, AC
C|T Group Chairman Robert Champion de Crespigny is an Australian businessman resident in the UK. He has chaired the Group since its formation in 2002.
A Chartered Accountant by training, Robert was a partner of KMG Hungerford (a predecessor firm of KPMG) in Perth, before moving into the mining sector with the formation of Normandy Mining Limited. As founder and Executive Chairman of Normandy Mining, he took a A$2 million exploration company and spent the next two decades building it into a substantial international mining company.
Robert is a strong advocate for Australian business and the resources industry more widely, having sat on the World Gold Council, the Minerals Council of Australia and the Business Council of Australia. For four years from 2002 he headed, as its inaugural chairman, the South Australian Government’s Economic Development Board and also sat on its Executive Committee of Cabinet.
Alongside his business activities, Robert has supported a number of prominent cultural and educational institutions in Australia and the UK including serving as Chancellor of The University of Adelaide, chairing the South Australian Museum and serving as a member of the likes of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia Council, the Commonwealth Expert Group on Democracy and Development and the Development Board of Oxford University’s Said Business School.
In 2002 Robert was honoured for his services to mining and education by being made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia’s highest honour. He was further recognised for his contribution to mining by having a rare earth mineral – Decrespignyite-(Y) – named after him.
Sir Lynton Crosby, AO
Sir Lynton Crosby, AO
Sir Lynton Crosby is an esteemed campaign strategist and Co-Founder of the C|T group – which delivers powerful, targeted solutions built on the foundation of research and insights into the highest levels of business, capital markets, government, bureaucracy and the media.
Sir Lynton’s intuitive sense of delivering results has been finely honed through years of providing high-level advice to prime ministers, premiers, opposition leaders and leaders of business.
In 1998 and 2001, Sir Lynton successfully pioneered the campaign for Australian Prime Minister John Howard. In the 2008 London Mayoral elections, Sir Lynton masterminded the campaign that saw Boris Johnson beat the Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone against the odds. In 2012 he repeated this success for Boris Johnson, bucking the Conservative Party’s national trend and securing him a further term.
In the 2015 UK General Election, Sir Lynton steered the Conservative Party to a historic victory. He took the party from a 12 point deficit, to a near 7 point lead – returning, for the first time since 1955, a Conservative Government with an increased share of the vote.
This earned him a Campaign Excellence Award from the American Association of Political Consultants, which recognised him as Campaign Manager of the Year for the 2015 cycle.
Drawing on skills and experience acquired over a lifetime of political campaigning, Sir Lynton has also advised some of the world’s most well-known businesses, ensuring they are armed with the right research, message and strategy with which to achieve their goals.
Sir Lynton holds a degree in Economics from The University of Adelaide
Chief Executive Officer
Mark “Tex” Textor’s record of success speaks for itself. Best known for his strategic insights, he has held the unique position of being the pollster and electoral strategist behind the election victories for seven Commonwealth Prime Ministers over scores of elections.
Described by Channel 4 in the UK as “one of the most influential political strategists and pollsters to walk the planet”, and in Australia as “… A genius at transforming raw research into compelling communication”. 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, confirmed this view; describing Tex as the “sorcerer of numbers”.
The Australian Financial Review 2016 Covert Power List said of Tex: “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”.
The hundreds of political and commercial campaigns Mark has masterminded have honed a unique ability to persuade diverse boards and managerial teams together towards a common purpose with his acclaimed ability to get all to focus on core messages, core competencies and core values.
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 it’s founder, President Ronald Reagan’s pre-eminent Pollster, Richard B. Wirthlin.
Mark Fullbrook is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of C|T Group, the UK’s leading campaigns consultancy.
Mark is acknowledged as an expert campaigner and strategist by figures as diverse as Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble, and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, all of whom he has advised.
Mark specialises in crisis management, grassroots organising, and targeted, research-driven campaigns. With 25 years’ experience under his belt, he has delivered success for commercial and political clients in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and across the Americas.
A former Head of Campaigning for the UK Conservative Party, Mark helped to devise and run the target seats campaign that saw the Conservatives defy the pollsters and win the 1992 General Election with more votes than any UK political party has ever received. He later set up and ran PLS, the UK’s premier Conservative political consultancy.
In 2010 he joined forces with Sir Lynton Crosby and Mark Textor to found C|T|F Partners, applying his skills and expertise to a vast array of challenges on behalf of blue chip companies, governments and political parties around the world.
Mark holds a degree in Business Studies from Warwick University.
Chief Operating Officer
David Anderson is the C|T Group’s Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for the Group’s external financial reporting, taxation and regulatory compliance.
An experienced finance director, David’s career has seen him specialise in helping highly entrepreneurial companies achieve growth and realise value.
Prior to joining C|T, David was UK Finance Director for international restaurant group Hakkasan, where he oversaw the finances of the Michelin-starred UK business. He previously worked as Finance Director for an AIM-listed minerals business. As an audit partner at global accounting firm BDO, David also led the largest audit group in London for a number of years.
Chief Financial Officer
David Bell joined the C|T Group in November 2017 as Managing Director of C|T Australasia, where he leads the Group’s strategy and business development and planning in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is also Executive Chairman of our new Australian due diligence business, C|T Intelligence & Insight.
David previously spent a decade as CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association, a role which saw him at the centre of efforts to steer Australia’s banking sector during the Global Financial Crisis. He has also managed corporate affairs with Westpac, IAG and Telstra, and has held senior roles at Ogilvy, and with the New South Wales Government. He on the Medical Council of NSW.
David has also worked with Anderson Consulting (now Accenture), and started his career as an infantry officer in the Australian Army.
Most recently David was CEO of the Actuaries Institute, the professional body representing Australia’s actuarial profession.
David brings immense financial, regulatory and communications experience to bear on the C|T Group’s work, with an understanding of the Australian professional environment that is second to none.
C|T Group Australasia
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.
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.
Catherine is Managing Director of C|T Group’s Australian research and campaigns business, C|T Research Strategies Results (C|T RSR), where she was formerly a researcher and consultant.
Prior to joining C|T Group, Catherine was based in New York where she was Senior Vice President at Teneo Strategy. She also worked with Ketchum in the firm’s corporate practice.
Earlier in her career, Catherine worked in corporate affairs for FOXTEL, and for Andersen as a business consultant.
Catherine has a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.
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 & Corporate Advisory
An Executive Director of the C|T Group, Chris Blackhurst leads on corporate and financial communications at C|T|F Partners, 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.
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.
Larry has thirty years of communications and business experience advising some of the biggest multi-nationals across a range of sectors including aerospace and defence, energy, transportation, tax and trade, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support and due diligence.
Running his own public affairs company, he has also managed government relations activities for foreign governments, not-for-profits and many other entities – and has overseen global campaigns utilising all the available tools: polling, message development, media relations, issue advertising, third-party advocacy development and grassroots outreach.
Larry joined the C|T Group in January 2018.
C|T|F Local Managing Director, Gavin Stollar, is recognised within the UK real estate and development sector as a leading strategist and adviser. Gavin has successfully devised and delivered political and communication campaigns and strategies for institutional, public, private and FTSE 250 developers and investor clients in London and throughout the UK.
He has advised clients on a wide range of projects, from major infrastructure, retail, waste and minerals to mainstream residential development, commercial and mixed-use schemes. With extensive experience in managing projects from inception through to consent, Gavin is also often referred in by some of the country’s leading lawyers, planners and barristers to either ‘fire fight’ or ‘shore up’ projects.
Using his experience as a councillor, parliamentary candidate and political adviser, Gavin helps clients understand, interpret and ultimately deliver on diverse commercial and strategic objectives.
Damian McMeekin is the Managing Director of C|T Intelligence and Insight, which provides business intelligence, due diligence, litigation support and issues resolution services to companies and entities requiring deep levels of actionable information and insight.
In working closely with the London based C|T|F Solutions team, Damian deepens the Australasian and Asia Pacific expertise of the Group’s global business intelligence services.
Damian was formerly the global head of security at ANZ and prior to that managed international security, political and economic affairs at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
C|T Intelligence & Insight
Dr Donald Vinson
Dr Donald Vinson
Dr Vinson is widely regarded as both the “founding father” of litigation science and the world’s leading expert in the field.
In a career spanning forty years, he has provided strategic insight and recommendations to legal teams acting in some of the world’s most complex and high-profile cases. This includes Pennzoil v. Texaco, USFL v. NFL, the Oklahoma City bombing, the DuPont Plaza Hotel and MGM Grand Hotel fires, Dalkon Shield litigation, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the World Trade Center insurance case.
As well as authoring numerous books and articles, Dr Vinson has served on a number of professional, educational and corporate boards, including as Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as Commissioner of the California Commission on Judicial Performance.
Prior to developing the field of litigation science, Dr Vinson had a distinguished academic career, serving on the faculty of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and as Chairman of the Marketing Department at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Tim Hurdle is a highly experienced adviser and commercial consultant. He brings a range of experiences that will assist clients in the New Zealand commercial and government sectors.
He has a strong background in infrastructure advisory services, as a previous GM of Strategy for a leading New Zealand infrastructure firm. He helped to develop their growth strategy and managed the firm’s relationship with politicians, government agencies and departments.
Under the last National government, he was Senior Adviser to the third ranked Minister on Transport and Economic Development issues. He was closely involved in the government response and recovery from the Christchurch earthquakes. He also worked on significant private / public issues such as the New Zealand Convention Centre Network and the filming of “The Hobbit” movies in New Zealand. Previously, he worked in policy roles for organisations including IAG, the EU, and the UK and New Zealand governments, notably on WTO and trade policy issues.
He brings considerable expertise in campaign management – having designed and led successful campaigns across New Zealand for over twenty years in a range of spheres.
C|T New Zealand