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Welcome to the first edition of The Shell for 2018.  

In July we will have been operating as Wells Haslem and now Wells Haslem Mayhew for six years. This follows the 21 years that Jackson Wells operated very successfully under the leadership of Keith Jackson and myself.

While a lot has changed within our business over those years, the very nature of our work and many of our clients have not. 

We are working closely with long-time client Zurich Financial Services to assist them with stakeholder management, government engagement, and media relations. Both Zurich Life and Investments and Zurich Insurance have been a client in one form or another for almost two decades. Other current clients in the financial services and insurance space include the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and Swiss Re.

The past six months have been both hectic and exciting for our business. We have added a number of new staff, services and clients across a range of industry sectors.

The Wells Haslem Mayhew team is  working on a range of projects across health, aged care, education, tourism, financial services and construction. 

We continue to work alongside Fairview Architectural around the vexed issue of cladding materials for high-rise buildings. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, governments in Australia, Federal and state, are reviewing building codes and auditing buildings with aluminium cladding to make sure all are properly installed and certified.

Silver Chain, a not for profit, in-home health and aged care provider, has a ground-breaking approach to providing care for Australians in their last few years of life. 

Their motivation is helping Australians who choose to receive health care in their home rather than in a hospital. 

We have recently started work with Carnival Australia, assisting the leading international cruise line manage issues and engage with stakeholders.

In education, we are assisting Blacktown City Council attract a world-class university to Sydney’s west. Blacktown City Council is undertaking a number of transformational projects in the local government area, which is the second largest in NSW. 

We continue to expand our digital offerings. 

We continue to expand our digital offerings. Stav Pisk writes about the role of social media influencers, while digital consultant, Tracey Jarvis, explains how ‘social listening’ helped Sydney Trains avert a PR disaster.

Co-CEO Alexandra writes about cyberspace in the Asia Pacific, and how the use of the internet may affect Australian foreign policy and diplomacy

Special Counsel and former High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, Kerry Sibraa, looks at the first 100 days of the Mnangagwa presidency.

Tim Mantiri profiles Australia’s new Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack.

Kathy Lindsay explains some changes to NSW planning laws, while Ben Haslem reveals his penchant for the snappy headline.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement.

John Wells