Company Profile

On 1 February 2019, Endeavour Consulting formed an exclusive alliance with national law firm Thomson Geer, and is now known as TG Endeavour.

TG Endeavour is a Canberra-based public affairs consultancy. We ensure the priorities of clients are clearly understood within Australia’s parliaments and bureaucracies. Established in 1998, TG Endeavour has built a strong reputation by providing sound policy advice, designing effective advocacy strategies and by utilising its extensive political and senior bureaucratic networks.

Through their alliance, Thomson Geer supplements the firm's political understanding and insight with a broad range of other skill sets, including research capabilities, in-depth legislative analysis, reputation and risk management, and regulatory oversight.

TG Endeavour’s clients include some of Australia’s largest companies, multinational organisations, universities and major industry associations. We have proven success in policy areas as diverse as trade, resources, innovation, media and telecommunications, financial services, the environment and academia.

Mark Brandon-Baker and Paul Chamberlin are the principals of TG Endeavour, and Stephen Conroy is Chair of our Advisory Board. Each contributes to the partnership a background at a senior level in national public service and within the private sector. Their formidable range of contacts extends throughout Australia’s governments, at both state and federal levels, party organisations of all political persuasions, peak industry bodies and major corporations.

All work is undertaken on a team basis with partners and staff playing a direct and hands-on role in pursuing client goals.

TG Endeavour is fully compliant with the Commonwealth Code of Conduct for lobbyists:

https://lobbyists.ag.gov.au/register

  • Mark Brandon-Baker

    Mark’s career has unusually seen him serve at senior levels in both the private and public sectors and within political circles.

    Before his commencement with TG Endeavour, Mark was Group Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs for the Westpac Banking Corporation. As such, he advised the Bank’s Board and Senior Management on all legislative, regulatory and reputational risk issues affecting the Bank’s interests.

    Mark was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2019 for services to the community of Canberra.

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  • Paul Chamberlin

    Paul Chamberlin has worked in lobbying, politics, government relations and journalism in Canberra for more than 30 years.

    Paul was a Senior Adviser to three Deputy Prime Ministers and Leaders of The Nationals over a 14 year period, covering the portfolios of transport, infrastructure, regional development, trade and agriculture. During that period, he specialised in media liaison, speechwriting and political tactics. He remains well known and highly regarded within The Nationals.

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  • Brendan Tegg

    Brendan Tegg has spent nearly the last six years working for the current Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, most recently as his Director of Policy. He was integral to policy development for the last three federal budgets and during the recent election campaign.

    He was also responsible for managing the Prime Minister’s legislative agenda and parliamentary strategy and enjoyed significant success with the passage of major pieces of controversial legislation through the Senate during the last two terms of Parliament.

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  • John Brenton

    John Brenton is a former diplomat with specialist advocacy expertise. He designs and executes bespoke strategies to support TG Endeavour’s clients achieve commercial outcomes at the intersection of politics and commerce. He is also a specialist in government tender advisory, having designed and executed campaigns to assist clients win major government contracts, particularly in the defence sector.

    John brings to TG Endeavour considerable international experience, having served as a diplomat in the United States of America (US), where he led a campaign to overturn US import bans on Australian products. John drove Australia’s economic diplomacy and engagement in the United States through G’Day USA – a program which advances business cooperation with the US.

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  • The Hon Stephen Conroy

    Stephen Conroy served as Leader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Shadow Minister for Defence during his twenty-year political career (1996-2016). He was also renowned for his active participation in Senate Estimate Committees and contribution to many Senate Inquiries into financial services regulation and taxation policy.

    Stephen’s many achievements include: establishing Australia’s National Broadband Network; overseeing the transition of all television broadcasts in Australia to digital and establishing Australia’s National Digital Economy Strategy.

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  • Jeff Townsend

    Jeff Townsend is a veteran of the profession of political advocacy, having been a founding partner of the Endeavour Consulting Group in 1998.

    He enjoyed prior experience as a senior public servant and Ministerial Adviser. Jeff served for a decade in the Prime Minister’s Department in the Hawke/Keating period and was Senior Private Secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Chief of Staff to Trade Minister John Dawkins.

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  • Belinda Selems

    Prior to joining TG Endeavour, Belinda worked in a number of high-level administrative positions within the Australian Labor Party governments. These roles included Executive Assistant to then Prime Ministers, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and the Hon Julia Gillard MP.

    Following the 2013 Federal Election, Belinda served as the Office Manager for the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP.

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  • Emma MacDonald

    Emma Macdonald is a multi-award winning journalist, working on the front line of journalism for 25 years - 13 of which were spent in the Parliament House Press Gallery, rising to Canberra Times Bureau Chief.

    Emma has been a regular commentator on politics for programs including Meet the Press and radio current affairs across the country. She has won critical acclaim awards for her work, receiving two Walkley Awards (1993, 2003) and an ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award in 2016.

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  • Jane Seaborn

    Jane is a situational strategist who has been guiding organisations to understand, navigate and influence target audience attitudes and behaviours for more than two decades.

    After a successful career as a journalist and media advisor, including for three Howard Government Ministers, Jane spent a decade in her own marketing communications firm, which was later acquired by Australia’s leading campaign consultancy, Crosby|Textor. As a senior research and strategy consultant with C|T she managed campaigns and provided strategic counsel to leaders in most of Australia’s top 25 ASX-listed companies and industry peak bodies.

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  • Allan King

    Allan King is a well-respected government affairs practitioner, with more than 25 years' experience working in Canberra. With an initial career starting in the Prime Minister's Department, he has served in the Cabinet Office, and in the Prime Minister's Office as a private secretary.

    He is a specialist in the fields of aviation and telecommunications and has assisted a range of major national and international clients in airline and airport operations, satellite services, broadband, banking, wagering and health care.

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  • Jim Kouts

    Jim Kouts has held senior leadership positions at a national and state level, representing the interests of large national companies and multi-national entities. This includes an 18-year career with a leading global energy business with significant assets in Australia.

    He has worked at the highest levels of executive government and has held a range of chair and non-executive director roles with a number of South Australian statutory authorities.

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  • Michael Kilham

    Michael has over 25 years’ experience in government, defence, border security, aviation and national security, specialising in strategic policy development, implementation and military planning.

    Michael was Senior Advisor to Scott Morrison during his time as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and then to his successor, Peter Dutton. He subsequently transferred as a Senior Advisor to then Minister for Defence, Marise Payne.

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  • Mark Brandon-Baker
  • Paul Chamberlin
  • Brendan Tegg
  • John Brenton
  • The Hon Stephen Conroy
  • Jeff Townsend
  • Belinda Selems
  • Emma MacDonald
  • Jane Seaborn
  • Allan King
  • Jim Kouts
  • Michael Kilham