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Our Team

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

Peter Laidlaw
MANAGING DIRECTOR

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.

Julian Elliott
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Julian is a corporate affairs specialist who provides strategic counsel to Lighthouse’s corporate clients. He also provides issues and crisis support across our client base.

Julian is skilled at developing close ties with external and internal stakeholders, balancing short and long-term priorities, and enhancing and defending corporate reputations in highly complex situations.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, he worked at Acciona where he enhanced the company’s reputation in the renewable energy market and managed complex stakeholder issues.

He also previously worked for global aerospace company Thales, helping manage the company’s reputation across defence and commercial markets.

Jane Patterson
SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

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.

Ali Hiddleston
MEDIA DIRECTOR

Ali is the lead media relations specialist for Lighthouse, and is responsible for the development of content and securing quality coverage for client partners.

She has worked extensively in TV and print media, marketing, PR and advertising in Australia and overseas.

Ali was previously a news journalist for two widely read metro newspapers – the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Manly Daily. Beyond this, her writing has also appeared in major metro mastheads such as The Daily Telegraph in Sydney and The Courier Mail, in addition to the Huffington Post.

Ali has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Technology in Sydney and a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communications from the University of New South Wales.

Arabella Walton
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Arabella is an Account Executive for Lighthouse working across a range of projects and clients, including the not-for-profit and consumer sector. She is actively involved in media pitching and social media management.

Arabella has recently graduated from the University of Technology Sydney where she studied a Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations. While at university, Arabella worked with various clients such as Lifeline, Canberra Secrets, Roche and Fedrigoni.

While studying, Arabella undertook two internships –one for a multinational PR agency and another for a financial software start-up.

Shelley Jelonek
CREATIVE

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
CONTENT AND DIGITAL MANAGER

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.

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