We maintain an experienced network of communication specialists across multiple industry and business sectors.


Just as importantly, we pride ourselves on being great people to work with and have a passion to do great work.


Our core focus is to achieve better outcomes based on:

  • Experience: For decades, we have refined complex ideas and significant issues into clear, compelling messages and points of view that resonate
  • Relationships: We remain tapped into the groups that influence and shape the reputations of our clients
  • Value: Good reputations are valuable, and the communication work we do with clients is critical to that value
Justin Kirkwood GAICD; M Int. S; BA (Comm)

Justin Kirkwood has thirty years communication experience across all major investment market and corporate sectors. Since establishing Kirkwoods Corporate Relations in 2004, Justin has advised leading Australian and International companies, investment groups, joint ventures and organisations on communication strategy for a wide range of industry issues and corporate and business initiatives.

Prior to establishing Kirkwoods, Justin was the Head of Corporate Affairs-Asia Pacific for AMP Henderson Global Investors, at the time Australia’s biggest investment management group. In this role he was responsible for media relations, internal communications, government relations and strategic communication for the group’s Asia Pacific operations across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

In the mid-1990s, Justin’s career in corporate relations commenced with Burson Marsteller (Australia), where he provided strategic communication advice to companies such as Lihir Gold on its IPO and the British Airports Corporation on the privatisation of Australian airports.

Phil Baker

Phil Baker is a former Associate Editor at The Australian Financial Review and has 16 years’ experience of writing and editing. He penned a daily column for the paper and was previously the Markets editor, the Financial Services editor and the first editor of afr.com, the website offering of the newspaper. He could also be heard on 2UE and ABC Radio, and seen on ABC TV’s Business Breakfast, Nine’s Today and Sky News Business.

Phil has also covered numerous Federal and state budgets and many significant corporate events.

Before joining the AFR, Phil was involved in senior sales and trading roles in debt capital markets for eighteen years in Melbourne, Sydney and London at Bain & Co, Banker’s Trust and Macquarie Bank. With his extensive market contacts, he can provide strategic advice to a range of clients. Clients can also benefit from his insights and knowledge of the Australian media landscape and his ability to deliver corporate outcomes through strategic communication. Phil has been involved in a wide range of financial transactions and corporate issues helping small and large companies domestically and from around the world.

Communication Network

Kirkwoods maintains a network of strategic communication partners in all major business jurisdictions. When required, we engage with these strategic partners for cross border or country-specific issues and transactions.

We also maintain access to specialists for clients that require dedicated resources for a fixed period of time or clients requiring industry-specific experience. These resources are sourced directly by Kirkwoods and we ensure that they are sufficiently experienced and equipped to fulfill and meet all client requirements.

Kirkwoods remains ultimately responsible for all client engagements and we take great care and pride in those clients that entrust us with this responsibility.