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Mr Simon Morgan

Lecturer, Public Relations


Simon Morgan is a highly experienced government, industry, investor, media and internal relations practitioner with a reputation for delivering his employer’s desired outcomes – while maintaining excellent relations with stakeholders.
He is also an experienced sessional educator, and recently full-time, academic at Swinburne University with a proven track record of teaching excellence and in practically assisting students.
Simon has worked in Hobart, Sydney, London and Melbourne and studied in Bathurst (now Charles Sturt University), NSW, Fontainebleau (INSEAD), France and Melbourne (Kaplan and Swinburne).

 Education: BA (Communication – PR) 1986, Completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France 2002, Dip. Financial Services (FP) 2010.Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching at Swinburne University (2018) He intends to commence a Master’s Degree in 2018/19 with a view to upgrading to PhD.

 Simon holds dual Australian and Irish citizenship.


 2017 to present, Public Relations Lecturer, Swinburne University. Simon has lectured and tutored in Professional Communication Practice (COM10007) in Lilydale, Hawthorn and Nanjing, China, Issues, Crisis and Risk Communication (COM30002), PR Writing (COM20003) and Masters Level PR Risk to Reputation (COM60001). Since February 2018 he is the ASSH WIL Co-ordinator.

 2012 to 2016, Simon was a sessional Academic (Adjunct Teaching Fellow) at Swinburne University, principally responsible for teaching into Professional Communication (COM10007). He has been advising the FHAD teaching staff on the development of the Bachelor of Communication degree since 2009, a member of the Public Relations External Advisory committee since 2009 and has been guest lecturing at Swinburne since 2010.

 2008 to present, Senior Public Affairs Practitioner, Morgan & Maher (Public Affairs consultancy) Melbourne. His clients include N.Y. based management consultancy A.T.Kearney, Marathon Asset Management (U.K.) and Marinis Financial Group (S.A.) where he is also on the Board. 


 2001-2007, ­­ General Manager Public Affairs, Aviva Australia (formerly Norwich Union) Melbourne

 This role involved managing and leading the internal and external communication function for the organisation and involved membership of the Executive committee, reporting to the CEO. It included responsibility for international brand and PR activities and involved regular participation in meetings and conferences in Europe. For a period of 12 months, it also included responsibility for managing an Advertising department with a $30 m budget. Simon also was responsible for managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy.

 2001, Group Media Relations Manager, AXA Asia Pacific, Melbourne.

 In addition to managing the media relations for the publicly listed AXA Asia Pacific, this role was responsible for managing regional media relations in the Asia Pacific in order to develop a cohesive public persona across regional markets.

 1994 - 2000, Group Media Relations Manager, Colonial Limited (formerly Colonial Mutual) Melbourne/Sydney/Melbourne.

 The principal aspect of this role was to act as spokesperson for Colonial Mutual/Limited as it demutualised across four jurisdictions (Australia, UK, Fiji and NZ), listed on the ASX, acquired the State Bank of NSW, Prudential, Legal & General and the Trust Bank of Tasmania. From 1997 to 2000, this role was relocated to Sydney for three days per week and included managing the rebranding of Colonial State Bank and acting as chief spokesperson for all banking and corporate activities.

 1994, Senior Consultant, Buchan Communications, Melbourne.

 Principal client was Colonial Mutual.

 1992 - 94 Consultant, Timmins Ray, Melbourne.

 Principal client was Tourism Tasmania – particularly launching the Spirit of Tasmania acquisition. Other clients were in the industrial relations field.

 1991 Consultant, FCR, Sydney.

 Principal client was Legal & General Life Insurance.

 1988-90 Consultant, Lowe Bell Financial, London (UK).

 Principal activity was supporting senior consultants in a range of Mergers & Acquisitions throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.

 1986 – 88 Consultant, Corporate Communications Sydney.

 Principal client was the Sydney Futures Exchange.

 1983 – 85 Student MCAE (Now Charles Sturt University) Bathurst.

 1982, ANZ Bank Teller.


Also published as: Morgan, Simon; Morgan, S.
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