Established in 2005 by Chas Savage, based in Canberra and with a presence in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Ethos CRS specialises in communications, policy, regulation, and leadership.
The Ethos CRS team comprises expert regulators; professionals who’ve designed, developed and implemented policies and programs; communicators, writers, editors and speechwriters; photographers; and eLearning specialists. It’s a powerful mix of hard-earned experience and expertise that enables us to help our clients to do their work better.
Chas Savage | Chief Executive Officer
Chas has designed, developed and delivered training, coaching and eLearning workshops for organisations and departments. He has run policy and regulation programs face-to-face for government agencies, large and small, and he’s coached senior executives, ministers and an Australian of the Year. He draws on these earned insights when equipping professionals with the skills they need to thrive under pressure.
Before founding Ethos CRS, Chas walked in the Himalayas, cycled around India and worked as a writer, a professional economist and as an economic adviser to Australian government ministers.
Krystelle McCoy | Director, Training and Business Administration
Stelle McCoy manages all training and business administration. She has a deep understanding of the workings of Ethos CRS, our philosophy and what we provide. In her role, Stelle organises and coordinates training, manages the team within the office and liaises with clients to ensure their needs are met and all training is appropriately customised. Stelle also manages workshop materials with our facilitators and our development team.
Andrew Taylor | Director, Photography
Andrew Taylor is Australia’s leading photographer of prime ministers, presidents, governors’ general, chief executive officers and everyday Australians. He’s shot formal occasions, investitures and functions, and captured the images of Australians as they go about the business of their lives.
As the director of photography at Ethos CRS, Andrew organised and led the official team that shot photos of the G20 meeting in Brisbane and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth.
For more than 30 years, he covered every aspect of domestic and international news. He headed the Canberra Press Gallery Photographic Office for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review.
That photo of Barack Obama with the koala in Brisbane? Andrew shot that.
Mary Quilty | Senior Facilitator
Dr Mary Quilty is Australia’s best designer and developer of learning and development programs, that’s our claim. She’s a passionate and engaging facilitator who has a real soft spot for scientists and technical experts who face the challenge of communicating complex content to a general, non-specialist audience. Mary has designed and delivered face-to-face and eLearning programs and specialises in the field of policy and regulation.
Mary has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a background as editor with Oxford University Press, and is expert in making complex ideas accessible and complicated arguments compelling.
Mary’s also an amazing rower and competes with huge success in national titles and events.
Mary Harwood | Senior Facilitator
Mary has extensive experience as a senior executive, having worked as first assistant secretary in three Australian Government departments.
She understands from long professional experience the workings of government, including how departments can best work with ministers, Parliament and external stakeholders. She is expert in policy development, program management and stakeholder relations.
As an expert facilitator, mentor and coach, Mary’s seminars on resilience, negotiation and change management provide valuable insights on how to handle pressure when the going gets tough.
In her spare time, she sings, not for her supper but for the pure joy of choral harmonies.
Kristen Barry | Senior Facilitator
Kristen Barry is a senior communications professional, with 30 years’ experience in the private and public sectors. Kristen’s career has encompassed strategic communications, public relations, media and clear writing training, broadcast and print journalism and several years as a media adviser to a Cabinet minister.
Kristen has been consulting and training for several years, prior to which she led communications teams for an investment bank and a top-tier law firm. During her career, Kristen has also presented programs on ABC radio and finance reports on Sky TV news.
Based in Sydney, Kristen works as a strategic partner with Ethos CRS. She holds a Certificate IV and consistently achieves top scores in client feedback.
Alan Ducret | Senior Facilitator
A member of our policy and regulation team, Alan brings to all his work the insights hard won as the director of the Queensland state office of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. An expert facilitator and adviser, Alan understands the work of compliance and enforcement. He has a comprehensive understanding of regulatory strategy and operational systems and finely honed skills as a leader of regulatory staff.
To stay in shape, Alan runs fast in his spare time.
Bob Alexander | Senior Facilitator
Bob Alexander is our resident expert on all things law. He works on our policy and regulation team developing workshops on administrative law, freedom of information law and statutory interpretation. Bob’s work is informed by over 40 years in the legal profession and sound knowledge of Commonwealth regulation and litigation.
In his retirement from full-time work, Bob enjoys travel in Australia and overseas, reading books on military history and attending gym sessions.
Robert Garran | Senior Facilitator and Editor
Robert Garran is a strong writer, editor, policy developer, strategic communicator and change manager. He has deep knowledge of many areas of policy, including economics and foreign policy.
Robert runs training workshops in clear communication, and has helped teams analyse and communicate complex issues.
Tony Turner | Senior Facilitator
As a senior facilitator, Dr Tony Turner runs remarkable presentation and representation skills training for individuals and organisations. He’s coached ministers, senators, and graduates to speak clearly, precisely and confidently.
Tony has a deep knowledge of the techniques that professionals must adopt to deliver persuasive and influential presentations. He has delivered presentation skills workshops to public sector agencies and private sector organisations, each customised to meet specific identified needs.
Tony was the head of the Faculty of Drama at the Australian National University and brings to all his workshops the energy and insights of drama and the stage.
Want to know about Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot? Speak to Tony.
John Preston | Senior Facilitator and Adviser
John Preston is an experienced communications professional who has previously worked for prime ministers and senior politicians. He’s coordinated the public face of election campaigns, liaising and engaging with journalists and reporters. Success in these roles has demanded an expert knowledge of strategic communications procedures and platforms.
As a writer, John has a practical and accessible style and develops and presents workshops to improve clear writing skills for a variety of public sector clients. His work as a prime ministerial adviser gives him insights that enrich the programs and workshops he delivers.
John has published opinion pieces, written procedural guidelines for public sector agencies and developed standards for high-level communications. He is a firm believer in the strategic use of social media and is an enthusiastic user of technology.
Away from work John plays guitar in a working band, collects books, consumes politics and current affairs, and is a keen photographer.
Paul Bongiorno | Senior Facilitator and Adviser
For over 25 years, Paul Bongiorno has been a stable presence and an expert voice in Canberra’s parliamentary press gallery. As the Chief and Political Editor, Network Ten, and as a political commentator and writer, Paul’s reported on and analysed prime ministers, leadership challenges, and high policy and parliamentary drama.
He’s observed how governments of all political persuasions and the agencies of government effectively engage with—or alienate—the media and the Australian public.
As a result, Paul has a deep understanding of how organisations can responsibly, ethically and efficiently communicate with diverse audiences, in a chaotic, contested and ‘post-truth’ media environment.
As an expert communicator, Paul brings the content of workshops and one-on-one sessions to life with concrete examples of what works and what doesn’t.
Greg Turnbull | Senior Facilitator and Adviser
Greg Turnbull has worked for more than three decades in the media and communications. From the position of an insider, he observed prime ministers and governments and developed a keen appreciation of how individuals and organisations best engage with the media.
As a media professional, Greg has an expert understanding of television and the media. He was Network Ten’s political correspondent in Parliament House, Canberra from 2002 until 2007 and was co-presenter of Ten’s current affairs program Meet the Press. Greg was also the senior media adviser to a prime minister and a leader of the opposition.
More recently, Greg has facilitated crisis, interview and strategic media training workshops for a range of public and private sector clients.
Shannon Ford | Senior Facilitator and Adviser
Shannon Ford has worked in senior policy and strategy positions within the Australian government. His long experience gives him a deep insight into the issues of strategic policy, Asia-Pacific security and strategic education.
As an academic, Shannon has focused on intelligence and security, philosophy, criminal justice ethics, military ethics and political theory.
He brings to workshops a profound understanding of complex concepts, practical insights that bring content to life and an expert and engaging style as a facilitator.
Shannon was recently appointed as the President of Asia Pacific Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics.
Chris Golding | Senior Facilitator and Adviser
As an Adviser at Ethos CRS, Chris draws on his policy expertise to work with our policy and regulation team developing workshops on regulatory practices and policy development.
Chris has prepared strategic advice for government on matters including water policy, climate change and urban forestry. Chris also advised a parliamentary inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and drafted and managed an innovation strategy for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment.
Chris is a co-founder of a start-up business in the renewable technology sector called Omnicarbon. The start-up is developing software for businesses to easily manage and reduce their carbon impact.
Mark Pearson | Senior Adviser
Mark Pearson is an expert in regulation.
A former deputy chief executive officer of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Mark understands how systems and processes of governance and decision making must work if regulators are to be effective in their roles.
He’s worked on major regulatory, compliance and enforcement projects, and has a deep understanding of how good regulators ensure compliance with the law in a way that minimises the burden of regulation on companies, communities and individuals.
Passionate about his interest areas, Mark knows almost everything there is to know about American politics.
Jeremy Wainwright | Senior Adviser
Jeremy Wainwright is a senior adviser for Ethos CRS, bringing his expertise in government, policy and legislation to the regulation team. He is a former head of the Office of Legislative Drafting in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and has been involved in drafting and advising on legislation since 1967.
During his time as head of the OLD, Jeremy was involved in the development of the Bill subsequently enacted as the Legislative Instruments Act 2003—now the Legislation Act 2003. He initiated the change in the publication of up-dated legislative texts from occasional printed versions to web-based versions that incorporated amendments from the date they took effect.
He left Commonwealth employment in 2002 to work as an adviser to the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council and has subsequently undertaken drafting projects in Kenya with the Constitution Review Commission, in the Pacific and in Ireland.
Sarah Bilney | Adviser
Sarah Bilney specialises in regulation and policy, and works with Ethos CRS to provide research and advice on program development.
Sarah has worked in senior policy and regulatory roles for Australian government agencies and international organisations. She has substantial experience in the development of policy and delivery of complex programs in a government setting, including in national and international regulatory agencies. She has also worked in communication and research roles.
Sarah’s government and regulatory experience has given her a detailed understanding of regulatory processes, and the ability to successfully manage projects from inception to completion.
Sarah enjoys playing the occasional game of poker in her spare time.
Susannah Bishop | Project Officer
Susannah works closely with our CEO, Chas Savage, supporting him and ensuring that he has everything he needs to lead Ethos CRS most effectively.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Languages in 2014, Susannah is a grammar lover and appreciator. She uses her skills and knowledge to edit and proof Ethos CRS documents, ensuring every piece of work is up to scratch.
Susannah is fluent in English and Spanish, but also speaks German and French and has advanced grammatical knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek.
Victoria Bourne | Finance and Systems Officer
Vic Bourne assists in the development and administration of projects at Ethos CRS. Vic started working at Ethos CRS in March, 2016. She came to Ethos CRS with solid skills in written and oral communication and has quickly developed an appreciation for the English language and in particular how it can be used to communicate ideas in science and teaching effectively.
With a degree in Science from the Australian National University and an Education degree from the University of Canberra, Victoria has the passion and expertise to communicate science to a wide array of different audiences.
Want to know about Isaac Newton or Nikola Tesla? Ask Vic!
Hallie Bruce | Training and Communications Officer
Hallie Bruce is an Administrative Support Officer at Ethos CRS. Hallie is responsible for liaising with clients to identify exactly what they need before developing workshops with our facilitator. When developing workshops, Hallie makes sure content is relevant and transferable to participants’ workplaces.
A former GameStop manager in the U.S., Hallie is up to date with all the technology news of today.
Harrison Lodwick | Training and Communications Officer
Harrison Lodwick is currently working as the Training and Communications Officer at Ethos CRS.
Harrison has been working at Ethos CRS since 2014. He has been a part of developing and managing a new contact database system and works on projects for connecting Ethos CRS with new clients and partners. He is also responsible for assisting facilitators developing new programs and workshop content. Harrison ensures facilitators have everything they need to deliver a first class service.
If you need to know anything about the English Premier League, Harrison’s your man.
Emily Edmunds | Training and Communications Officer and ESL Coach
Emily Edmunds is the ESL coach and also supports the policy and regulation team and writes for our website. She is passionate about the English language and has an Honours degree in Writing and a Masters degree in TESOL from the University of Canberra.
In her spare time, Emily teaches writing, communications and professional skills at UC. Her favourite unit to teach is: Aliens, dragons, monsters, me: genre writing.
Annabel Turnbull | Administration and Training Support
Annabel ensures all of our workshops are tailored to the needs of each client and delivered to the highest standard. Based in Melbourne, Annabel maintains strong relationships with our facilitators and clients. She uses her eye for detail to make sure all of the documents she works on are absolutely perfect.
Annabel works with us from Melbourne where she is studying International Relations at RMIT.
Cedar Hernandez | Training and Communications Officer
Together with Miriam, Cedar coordinates office operations at Ethos CRS.
Cedar is an excellent office administrator and excels at maintaining client relationships. She has extensive customer service experience and transfers this knowledge across to her work at Ethos CRS. Cedar applies careful attention to detail in her work and always ensures tasks are done and deadlines are met.
Miriam Huber | Training and Communications Officer
Miriam makes sure everything is running smoothly at Ethos CRS and that everyone is supported—facilitators, clients and participants.
Miriam is responsible for preparing the materials for workshops. In doing so she makes sure facilitators have everything they need before a workshop and that any special requests from clients are acted upon.