Company Profile

The Endeavour Consulting Group is a Canberra-based government relations consultancy. It assists clients have their priorities clearly understood within Australia’s parliaments and bureaucracies. Established in 1998, 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.

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

Jeff Townsend, Mark Baker and Paul Chamberlin are the principals of the Endeavour Consulting Group. 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.

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

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

  • Partner

    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.

    Jeff enjoyed prior experience as a senior public servant and Ministerial adviser. He served for a decade in the Prime Minister's Department in the Hawke/Keating period and was an adviser to Prime Minister Hawke and Chief of Staff to Trade Minister John Dawkins.

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  • Partner

    Mark Baker

    Unusually, Mark Baker’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 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.

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  • Partner

    Paul Chamberlin

    Paul Chamberlin joined Endeavour Consulting in 2011, and has worked in lobbying, politics, government relations and journalism in Canberra for more than 25 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 with The Nationals Party.

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  • Office Manager

    Belinda Selems

    Belinda joined The Endeavour Consulting Group in late 2015 as Office Manager. Previously, Belinda worked in a number of high level administrative positions within the Australian Labor Party governments.

    These roles included Diary Manager/Executive Assistant to then Prime Ministers, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and the Hon Julia Gillard MP.

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  • Jeff Townsend
  • Mark Baker
  • Paul Chamberlin
  • Belinda Selems