Our Team

We have an experienced, creative and passionate team of communicators ready to partner with you.

Peter Laidlaw

Peter is the lead strategist for Lighthouse, supporting the company’s clients with strategic communications counsel, senior media relations advice, and stakeholder and issues management advisory.

Peter founded Lighthouse following a successful career as journalist, government media advisor and corporate affairs leader for multinational consultancies and organisations, including Telstra.

Peter has led M&As and IPOs, created high profile internal and external communications strategies, secured policy and regulatory change, and launched high profile products and brands.

Since founding Lighthouse, Peter has advised many prominent Australian brands including Telstra, oOh!media, Blackmores, Beaumont Tiles, CSR, KFC and Redkite.

Jane Stagg

Jane is charged with developing and implementing strategy, content creation and channel distribution for a number of our clients, in addition to driving integrated digital and traditional communications across our client base.

She has a strong track record of driving powerful integrated strategies that quickly and creatively deliver measurable commercial results.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Jane held in-house and agency roles spanning digital advertising, marketing, public relations, internal communications, copywriting, graphic design and events.

She has worked across sectors including building construction, mining, data, education, interior design, food & beverage, health & wellness and beauty.

Terri Murphy

Terri is a Senior Account Manager and key member of our Influence+ team, supporting clients with corporate affairs, media relations, stakeholder engagement, content creation and issues/crisis management.
Being results-driven with a passion for people, story-telling and strategy, Terri is committed to delivering media and communication outcomes that align with business strategy, drive growth, enhance reputation and influence change.
With a wealth of experience across diverse and often contentious projects and industries, Terri is empathetic and agile. Terri uses real-time insights to drive decision-making and has a knack for transforming ideas into compelling narratives that engage and resonate with audiences.
Before joining Lighthouse, Terri held various roles spanning agency, in-house, federal and state governments and businesses listed on the ASX and FTSE. Industry experience includes: transport, infrastructure, health, defence, justice, immigration, facilities management and prominent beauty and lifestyle brands.

Frances McSween

Frances is a Marketing Strategist, developing and delivering cut through B2B and B2C marketing campaigns across brands, products, channels, and marketing disciplines for our clients.

As a seasoned brand and marketing professional, she has held senior marketing roles at some of the leading global and Australian organisations in financial services. Her can-do approach has resulted in an extensive track record of effective integrated brand and marketing campaigns.

Riley Buchanan

Riley recently graduated from the University of Sydney after completing a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations and a Bachelor of Communications, and is passionate about developing creative, effective and engaging ways to communicate with consumers, businesses and other stakeholders.

Before joining Lighthouse, he worked in the communications department of a well-known aid agency, and additionally interned with an education sector non-for-profit. Riley particularly enjoys visual and creative production within the communications field, and has worked in film and photography across a variety of projects.

Shelley Jelonek

Creative specialist for Lighthouse Shelley’s expertise lies in helping clients nail their creative messages and deliver on brand ambitions.

Shelley’s experience spans across all forms of design – brand, print, web, presentation and experiential. She has provided creative solutions for international governments, financial and business communications, not for profits, events and small businesses in traditional print, spatial design and digital media.

Having worked for some of the world’s leading creative agencies in Europe and Australasia, Shelley’s wealth of international exposure and business nous offers fresh, cutting edge design ideas, slick lines and no-nonsense messaging with professional delivery. Her approach, brutal simplicity and transparency builds an innate rapport with clients.

Emily Laidlaw

Emily works with Lighthouse’s client partners to create and manage powerful content across owned, earned and paid channels based on insights.

Emily draws on her vast experience in traditional marketing roles to help drive  social and digital strategies, develop audiences, set content strategies and ensure  brand engagement continues to build.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, she had extensive experience in Australia and overseas across a wide range of projects in social media, advertising, marketing, public relations, writing and brand development.

Emily has worked at agencies in Australia and abroad, and on the client-side, managed advertising and marketing campaigns.

Warwick Ponder

Warwick brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate affairs, media, business communications, crisis management, government relations, stakeholder engagement and marketing.

During his career, he has worked across a number of fields including media, government, payments, telecommunications, financial services, energy and natural resources.

Warwick is an influential and experienced advocate who has a track record of generating support and engagement with media, government, regulators, industry bodies, and internal stakeholders to execute strategic communications, change and influencing plans to meet core business objectives.

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