Wells Haslem strengthens Asian expertise with two key hires


3 May 2016

Sydney public relations and government affairs company, Wells Haslem Strategic Public Affairs, has boosted its Asian credentials recruiting Kathy Lindsay, who has extensive communications experience working in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia in banking, mining and energy.

Kathy’s recruitment will be complemented by the recent hiring of University of Sydney graduate, Timothy Mantiri, who combines a passion for politics and public relations with a fluency in Bahasa Indonesia.

Kathy was previously head of internal communications, Asia-Pacific, at Lehman Brothers, Tokyo (2004-08) where she was member of corporate transition team during Nomura Holding’s acquisition of the global banking giant.

Following the takeover, Kathy was appointed vice president, group corporate communications at Nomura, managing the Tokyo headquarters’ liaison with non-Japanese news organizations in Japan and with international media in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US.

From 1997-2001, Kathy was Executive director at the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, where she increased the chamber’s membership by 25 per cent to 254 corporate and individual members during the Asian economic crisis.  

Kathy’s most recent role was as business development manager, energy, utilities & mining sector at PwC Indonesia in Jakarta (2012-15).

Kathy returned to Australia late last year with her journalist husband, Peter Alford, at the completion of his tour of duty as The Australian newspaper’s Indonesia Correspondent.

Kathy has previously worked as an adviser to then Victoria Premier, Jeff Kennett and NSW Environment Minister, Chris Hartcher.

Wells Haslem Chairman, John Wells, said Kathy joining Wells Haslem was like welcoming back an old friend.

“Kathy worked with me at Wells Haslem’s predecessor, Jackson Wells, from 1995-97 and again from 2001-03,” John said.

“We had no hesitation offering Kathy a position at Wells Haslem; she brings an extraordinary level of expertise working in three key Asian markets across a range of industries.

“Kathy’s deep understanding of the cultural nuances of three major Asian nations will be invaluable to local businesses and organisation wishing to communicate with other businesses, media and governments in a rapidly growing region.

“It will also help businesses and organisations in South East Asia wishing to expand into the Australian market.”

Wells Haslem CEO, Benjamin Haslem, said Tim Mantiri’s keen interest in both politics and public relations made him an ideal fit for the company.

“Tim already has experience working as a volunteer for the Liberal Party and the LNP on the 2013 Federal Election; 2015 Queensland election and the 2015 NSW election,” Benjamin said.

“He was the Communications Director at the Sydney University Liberal Club from 2013-14.”

Tim, has an Indonesian background and has a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, from the University of Sydney; where he is currently completing a Master of Strategic Public Relations.