Our Team

A little about us

Our people are among the best in the business. We employ only experienced consultants with an outstanding background in communications, a strong work ethic, a focus on results and a ready supply of fresh, innovative ideas.

Clifton consultants and associates have held senior positions in business, media or government. Their diverse backgrounds include journalism, all levels of government, strategic marketing, community engagement, financial communications and investor relations, change management, publishing, property consulting and corporate services.

Our team has extensive contacts within their areas of expertise and are able to handle the most complex issues at the highest levels of business and government. We have excellent and probably unique connections to all political parties.

Meet the team

John Ridley AM

John Ridley AM

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John is company founder and principal of the Clifton Group. He is a law graduate with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. After an early career in law, he joined the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs, accepting several overseas postings. Later as senior private secretary to the foreign minister, Hon Andrew Peacock, he advised on policy and media relations in Australia and overseas.

As director of Public Affairs for Alcoa of Australia he oversaw sensitive negotiations for the establishment of the Portland Aluminium Smelter and introduced a can recycling program. Then as state director of the Liberal Party - Victoria, John assumed the role of CEO for the state party, including running federal and state election campaigns, fund raising and candidate selection and training. He has been a councillor of the Shire of Upper Yarra Valley, a member of the Regional Planning Authority, and a board member of the Children’s Protection Society, Zoological Board of Victoria and Dandenong Ranges Gardens Trust. John led the formation of the Melbourne Forum. He is currently chair of the Australian Tapestry Workshop and is on the board of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Specialist in issues management, strategy, government relations and advocacy. Highly-developed network of contacts at senior level.

Ken Davis

Ken Davis

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Ken has enjoyed an extensive career in public affairs and communications. Previously a leading journalist he worked in London, Melbourne and on the Canberra Press Gallery before moving into consultancy more than 30 years ago. He has advised chief executives, boards, federal and state government departments and ministers as well as peak body organisations on a range of communications challenges and risk management issues. He retains close contact with all levels of the media throughout Australia and is a lecturer at RMIT University in the Masters of Communications.

Specialist in media and issues management.

Kerren Clark

Kerren Clark

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Kerren has extensive experience and knowledge of the health and biotechnology sector and is a skilled and well-connected advocate. She developed the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s policy framework and built its reputation as the number one allied health organisation in Australia. She has also managed major projects at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, including the development of its programs on medical responses to sexual and domestic violence.

Most recently, Kerren has assisted clients to prepare submissions, develop campaign strategy and to liaise with government and the media. Kerren is a Director of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria and a member of the Consultative Council on Human Research Ethics. Kerren has previously worked in policy, external relations, politics and industrial relations fields including three years as an electorate officer.

Specialist in policy development, strategy and communications.

Philip Goslin

Philip Goslin

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Philip has a strong background in corporate marketing, strategic communications and journalism. He has held senior roles at respected Melbourne public relations firms and in major Australian companies.

A highly-skilled writer, editor and production manager, Philip has developed communication strategies and implemented campaigns for national and international companies as well as government departments and agencies. Philip specialises in researching, writing and producing a wide range of communications materials, advertising copy writing and directing organisations on their digital and social media strategies.

His achievements including working closely with a European-based marketing team and offices throughout the world on a long-term global communications and marketing campaign; organising international televised sporting events; managing a major financial institution's sponsorship program; producing corporate publications for multi-nationals in several languages; and managing major product launches.

Specialist in marketing communications, writing, design and production management.

Louisa McPhee

Louisa McPhee

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Louisa has been advising public and private sector entities across the energy, infrastructure, water and community sectors for over 20 years. Her areas of experience and interest include public affairs, stakeholder management and community engagement, internal relations, strategy development and issues management. She is a member of the IAP2.

Specialist in stakeholder management and community engagement, internal and external relations, strategy development and issues management.

Affiliates

Although we are based in Melbourne, Clifton's associations with other consultancies throughout regional Victoria, Canberra and in other states allow us to support our clients' interests nationally and on specialist issues.

Sefiani

One of our associates is Sefiani.

Sefiani is an award winning strategic communications, public relations and issues management agency that helps companies and organisations achieve key outcomes vital to their business.