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Kathy Jones

Kathy Jones

Executive Chair

Kathy Jones is a well-respected strategic communications and engagement advisor, known for her work to help CEOs, boards and senior management staff manage crises and policy change contexts. Since founding KJA in 2001, Kathy has provided high level strategic advice, issues management, leadership and project delivery for some of the nation’s major transport and infrastructure projects, including WestConnex, Northern Beaches Hospital and Barangaroo. At the heart of Kathy's work is her capacity to successfully manage her clients’ reputations and build solid and lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Her strategic communications advice and issues management techniques are highly regarded in the transport, planning, development, infrastructure, health, education, energy, environment and not for profit sectors. 

Darryl Watkins

Darryl Watkins

Executive Director

Darryl’s background delivering solutions for high profile, politically sensitive projects positions him as a leading communications and engagement specialist. His experience spans more than 30 years with extensive experience as a senior advisor for state and commonwealth ministers, including the Office of the Premier of NSW, Federal Minister for the Environment and Minister for the Arts. He has a detailed understanding of complex and sensitive environmental issues and the importance of balancing commercial considerations, community impacts and regulatory requirements. Darryl has recently worked closely with UrbanGrowth to deliver the Bays Precinct Transformation Plan and with Botany Bay Council to deliver their vision 2040. He is regularly engaged to provide strategic advice and guidance for projects facing contentious issues. 

Natalie Boyd

Natalie Boyd

Executive Practice Director

Natalie Boyd is one of Australia’s most respected communications and engagement strategists with over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering successful outcomes for clients across education, health, infrastructure, planning, environment and the arts. She has recently designed and co-facilitated a suite of council merger discussions for the Office of Local Government’s Fit for the Future program. Natalie is known for her expertise in managing complex and challenging stakeholder relationships on high profile and high impact projects, including the Sydney Airport Master Plan, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s Bays Precinct Plan and Health Infrastructure’s Northern Beaches Hospital redevelopment. She works extensively with local government to develop community strategic plans, conduct policy reviews and run deliberative democracy programs.