FPL Advisory is a regulatory affairs firm that provides support to government, not-for-profit and corporate clients across a range of policy and regulatory reform issues.


    We help organisations in uncertain or changing environments identify strategic goals and potential risks, and undertake analysis to develop robust policy positions. We also assist in engaging with key stakeholders including government decision makers, communicating policy positions and securing project and policy outcomes.


    As trusted advisors, we work closely with the senior level of organisations to deeply understand the issues, provide subject matter expertise and advice and to both lead and support reform programs.


    Our expert team has an intuitive understanding of both private and public sector processes and priorities, and a reputation for working with the right people to get things done on time, within budget and with integrity.


    Our experience includes project managing complex policy initiatives, delivering and leading long term stakeholder engagement programs, providing advice on emerging issues and preparing detailed policy submissions. Importantly, we invest in building deep corporate knowledge about client dynamics and issues which ensures we provide proactive and value-added advice and client support and develop long term client relationships.


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    Facts. Policy. Leadership. FPL. Trusted Advisors.


    Steve Cusworth

    Managing Director


    Steve leads the range of activities and advisory services undertaken by FPL Advisory for clients in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.


    Steve has significant experience in developing and delivering long term reform programs for clients in addition to strategic engagement advice and execution activities.


    With experience as an adviser and Chief of Staff and his previous and current roles in the corporate sector, Steve has a comprehensive understanding of the tensions and demands across the government, business and not-for-profit divide.


    With significant experience across many industries, he also has a range of specific policy and commercial interests including inter-generational issues, regulatory disruption and the inherent logic of flexible workplaces for the evolving economy.


    Steve holds a Master of Commerce (International Trade and Business) and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communications). He is also a Member of the Institute of Engineers, a Certified Practising Engineer (CPEng) and holds Engineering Executive status.


    Find out more about Steve at his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevecusworth


    Catriona McNaughton

    Communications Analyst


    Catriona is a communications professional, supporting the broad range of stakeholder engagement activity at FPL Advisory.


    Catriona has experience across a range of communications and project management matters in a public sector context. She has significant knowledge of the processes and principles of strategic stakeholder engagement, community marketing campaigns and public and media relations. Building on her interests in economics, environmental management and urban planning, Catriona understands the need for communications to support policy outcomes.


    Catriona holds a Masters of Planning and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics.


    Find out more about Catriona at her LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/cat-mcnaughton​

    Sam Perkins

    Policy Analyst


    Sam is a public policy specialist with interests across political risk and policy change management.


    He has worked for clients across the construction, insurance, superannuation, regional manufacturing and NGO sectors. His strong policy research and political, legislative and regulatory analysis skills provide foundational support for clients working in local, state and federal government jurisdictions.


    Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and a Diploma in Languages in Spanish.


    Find out more about Sam at his LinkedIn profile: https://au.linkedin.com/in/samuel-perkins-68061277

    Melissa Clarkson

    Principal Advisor (Social Sector)


    Melissa specialises in developing sustainable business models and diverse funding streams for purpose-led, non-profit and community organisations.


    Melissa has over 15 years’ experience in corporate responsibility, strategy development, corporate-community partnerships, and cultural change having held senior management positions across the corporate and community sectors. She also has expertise in start ups and social enterprise.


    Melissa holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University. She is currently undertaking a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Swinburne University of Technology.


    Find out more about Melissa at her LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/melissaclarkson/

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