Geoff Michels

Senior Adviser, Corporate Communications

Geoff Michels is a senior consultant within FIRST Advisers’ media practice, providing corporate affairs and financial media services to clients and undertaking presentation and media skills coaching.  He offers exceptional writing skills.

He is a public relations, issues management, media and corporate affairs specialist, with more than 25 years’ experience. Geoff was previously a Director of Porter Novelli Australia, MD of Michels Warren and principal/founder of a successful corporate affairs consultancy in London. He has worked in television as a reporter, producer and as editor of a national current affairs program.

As a recognised leader in the public relations industry Geoff offers a depth of experience across a range of industries. He provides communications counsel and support to both listed and unlisted entities; conducts audits of the communications function of companies, large and small. He has extensive experience in oil and gas through services provided over many years, initially to Esso Australia and Exxon and to Caltex Australia.

During his time in the UK, Geoff managed the external relations challenges affecting the introduction of GMOs by a major food company (UB) as well as the communications for UK Interconnector – the gas pipeline linking mainland Europe with the UK. In Australia he has consulted to Dairy Australia & Australian Dairy Farmers on major issues affecting the industry; provided communication counsel to the Australia Council for Infrastructure Development and the Australian Centre for Health Research.

Geoff is a Justice of the Peace, a Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a Member and former National Councillor of the International Public Relations Association (London).


Provides in-kind support to a number of NFPs – mostly in the area of health.


Geoff reads widely; writes fiction; plays piano (badly but wants to play well) and runs.