Simone Gupta
CEO Havas PR Australia

Simone heads up Havas PR Australia, responsible for PR, social, brand experience and influencer agencies Red Havas, One Green Bean, Havas BLVD and Co-maker.

Simone believes in driving a culture of trust and accountability where people can be authentic and reach their true potential. A long time champion of women in leadership through leadership coaching and mentoring, Simone drives continuous improvement in the DE&I program in the Havas Village and has recently been recognised by the industry winning B&T Women in Media award for PR Leader of the Year 2021.

Previously, Simone sat on leadership teams at London agencies, Edelman and Ogilvy PR, led WPP global integrated Team Red for Vodafone and was Managing Director of Mango, DDB Sydney.

Over her career Simone has partnered with, brands, businesses and organisations to promote and protect their brands and reputations through insight led creative campaigns and has developed integrated communication strategies for Amazon, Vodafone, Telstra, Google, Volkswagen and Tourism Australia.

Steve Fontanot
Managing Director, Red Havas & Havas Blvd

As Managing Director, Steve leads the PR, social, brand experience and content teams, across Red Havas Australia.

With over 18 years in the industry, he’s a leading voice in the creation of insight-led communication campaigns, which blend earned, shared and owned media.

Steve’s resume includes founding Chieftain Communications (acquired in 2014), leading Making Waves Australia and driving DDB Australia’s PR, experiential and sponsorship division, Mango.

Steve frequently speaks at government and industry events and has been a judge at numerous industry awards…he’s also won a bunch of them along the way (Spikes, D&AD, AdNews, CommsCon, PRIA, B&T, SABRE, Clios, PR Awards Asia, AGDA, Mumbrella).

Steve has had the privilege of having worked with many leading brands, including Toyota, Lexus, Nestlé, Samsung, Telstra, Tigerair, Coca-Cola, and eBay, to name (brag!) a few.

Kate Smailes
Executive Director, Havas Blvd

Kate is the Executive Director of Havas Blvd, a Brand Experience agency which is made up of 20 communications and production specialists, including Photographers, Designers, Video Producers, Event Managers, Digital services as well as traditional PR account service and speciality writers.

With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, starting in Experiential Marketing before moving to PR and Events, Kate joined Red Agency in early 2017 when her previous agency merged with Red.

Kate is skilled in management, team leadership, financial management, business development, strategic planning and risk mitigation. Kate is results-driven, commercially astute and champions the agency’s diverse culture

Kate has a history in building and leading communications, PR, and marketing teams and organisations.  Combining creativity, storytelling and technology to bring campaigns to life and create meaningful experiences for consumers.

Kate is also a board director of the Australian institute of Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS), with a specific brief to provide PR and communications expertise.  AIMSS is a not-for-profit organisation, established by Motorsport Australia as the peak body for motor sport safety and related research. It is directly linked to a global initiative to reduce road trauma.

Kate has created campaigns for leading brands including, Toyota, Lexus, Veritas, Symantec, Hino and the FCAI.

Amaury Treguer
Executive Director, Social

Amaury Treguer is Executive Director Social at Red Havas, responsible for the social team across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

With over 15 years of combined marketing and communications experience on both agency and client sides, Amaury has proven through-the-line experience including TV, print, social media and digital.

After launching Sixtine, a creative studio specialised in content production back in Paris, he’s now focusing his efforts in creating and implementing social and digital strategies for clients across a wide range of industries such as entertainment, tech, automotive, FMCG, tourism, beauty, financial services, government, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Over the last nine years working in the digital space, Amaury has had a chance to work with clients such as Netflix, Universal Pictures, Sony, Kia, Jaguar, P&G, Nivea, Johnson & Johnson, Goodman Fielder, Expedia, Webjet, Parmalat, Lavazza, Electrolux, Clorox, The Woolmark Company, TAL Group, MSD Pharmaceuticals and Allergan.

Amaury is a regular contributor to Marketing publications (Marketing Magazine, AdNews and Mumbrella) and has participated in conferences and running workshops for industry leading training organisations such as General Assembly, PRIA (Public Relations Institute of Australia) and ASMI (Australian Self Medication Industry).

In his ‘dawntime’, he’s taking photos for his blog Morning Bondi.

Haylie Marchant
Executive Director, Brisbane

Haylie Marchant is an award-winning senior PR professional and business leader with a proven track record of building and running successful PR agencies both in Australia and abroad.

A deep strategic thinker, she is passionate about doing ‘work that works’ and using PR to drive genuine brand impact.

With more than 15 years’ experience, she joined Red Havas and the agency’s national leadership in May 2021 and is overseeing the growth of the team and business in the Brisbane market.

During her career she has worked with some of Australia’s (and the globe’s) leading brands including Google, YouTube, eBay, Westfield, Subway, Capilano, and Sanofi Consumer Healthcare to name a few. She has also provided strategic counsel and issues management advice to major brands in the retail, property, FMCG, and aged care sectors among others.

Haylie is also the founder of The PR Toolkit, an online educational platform and DIY toolkit empowering small businesses to do their own PR.

Passionate about education and talent development, she has also taught public relations at the Queensland University of Technology and participated in panels and guest lecture opportunities.

Alex Bryant
Executive Director

Alex Bryant is the Executive Director leading the Sydney PR team and providing senior client counsel across the consumer, B2B and tech portfolios.

Alex is a natural problem solver and likes to apply a holistic skillset and experience to a variety of different sectors and specialisms and has a passion for purpose led campaigns. Alex is focused on delivering integrated communication strategies that build fame and reputation as well as delivering strong commercial outcomes.

With over 15 years experience developing strategic integrated communications programs and building senior stakeholder partnerships, Alex has extensive agency and client side experience across a number of industries including finance, FMCG, food + beverage, technology and CSR.

Alex has provided senior strategic communications and creative counsel to clients such as Westpac Group, Menulog, Fujifilm Instax, Mad Mex and Repurpose it. To help grow brands and teams, Alex taps into her broader marketing, branding, internal communications and HR skills from client-side roles for Westpac and Colgate-Palmolive.

Tom Manning
Creative Lead

Tom joined Red Havas in 2019, after moving across the world (and the network) from his role at Havas London. As Creative Lead, he’s responsible for the creative team, and the agency’s overall creative output. He is the engine that helps drive some of Red’s most innovative campaigns, experiences, and content. What excites him most, are ideas that get people talking and sharing by offering a fair exchange for their time and attention.

Tom quickly gained a breadth of agency experience working across disciplines in digital, social, advertising, and PR. He’s developed campaigns (and won awards) for global clients like Molson Coors, Nike, Credit Suisse, and Reckitt. At Red Havas, he’s worked across all major clients, including Toyota, Big W, Novartis, and NIVEA.

Tom’s also passionate about opening the industry to newcomers, having mentored ferocious young talent through a range of programmes including AWARD School, D&AD New Blood, D&AD Shift, School of Communication Arts, and Creative Mentor Network.

Sue Cook
Group Practice Head

With more than 25 years’ experience counselling clients in Europe, Australia and across Asia Pacific, Sue has extensive expertise in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food and nutrition, corporate communications and crisis and issues management.

She has led communications programs to support health promotion; health policy change, market preparation, product launches and rescheduling for prescription and OTC pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health devices; product withdrawals and liability issues; crisis and issues management; and has provided stakeholder and health issues counsel for the food sector.  Recent consulting work for the pharma/ health sector has included a carers policy audit; communications and issues support for a leading fertility services group; and corporate communications for a leading pharmaceutical company on research partnerships and health system change.Previously Sue led the healthcare practice for an Australian/NZ consultancy working with clients including AbbVie, Amgen, Association for Safe Biologic Medicines, AstraZeneca, Creso Pharma, GSK, Hearing Care Industry Association, the Immunisation Coalition, Lilly and Seqirus.  Prior she was Managing Director, Healthcare at Hill+Knowlton Strategies London for more than two years providing senior counsel to clients such as Amgen, Shire, Gilead, Novartis, Lundbeck, Pfizer and Roche.  Previously she was H+K’s Asia Pacific Health Practice Director, providing strategic direction for health work in the region, overseeing pan Asian programs and leading on award winning pharma and biotechnology clients in Australia.

She served on the organising committee for the Australian Pharmaceutical Research, Innovation & Marketing Excellence Awards, and has been a judge for the Asia Pacific SABRE Awards and the local B&T Awards.

Sue began her career in journalism, and was the national medical writer on The Australian for four years and founding Vice President of the Australian Medical Writers’ Association. She is a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Diploma of Arts (Journalism).

Patrick Lyons
Group Practice Head

With over 40 years in the industry, Patrick has extensive experience in public relations, marketing and journalism.

A media relations specialist and an accomplished writer, he develops, integrates and implements a broad range of corporate communication strategies designed to support the growth of client brand reputation and market position.

His mobility roles have included general manager of PR for Hyundai, Chrysler, Jeep, Audi, and senior agency responsibilities for Toyota Motor Corporation.

For many years, Patrick reported federal and state politics and was central to the delivery of projects for prominent entities such as Visy Industries, Colliers Jardine, Business SA and the United Nations Environment Program.

His research, analytic and writing skills have contributed to the attainment of post-graduate qualifications in management and in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Lawrence Muskitta
Head of Public Affairs

Lawrence is the Head of Public Affairs at RED Havas. He has extensive experience in public affairs, crisis management and strategic communications in Australia and internationally. Prior to working at RED, he worked for Facebook leading its European policy stakeholder engagement team, focusing on economic, sustainability and innovation policy.  

He also has worked for a number of agencies including Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), Saatchi & Saatchi and Essential Media Communications. He has led global, regional and national campaigns for corporate clients like Johnson & Johnson, Spotify, Gilead and Colgate, as well as government clients including the European Commission, the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Defence South Australia and the Australian National Data Commissioner.  

Lawrence has a bachelor in psychology and a masters in health communications.