Ben has more than 20 years’ experience in media, corporate and crisis communications, providing strategic public and government relations advice at the highest levels across the financial services, not-for-profit, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare, resources, defence, education, construction and ICT sectors.
Prior to establishing Wells Haslem, Ben was a director and CEO at leading independent Australian Public Relations firm, Jackson Wells.
Ben worked at Jackson Wells for nine years, where he managed and worked on complex projects including Dell, Leighton Contractors, James Hardie, GPT Group, Exclusive Brethren, Financial Planning Association, Boral, Medtronic, Given Imaging, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mission Australia, Insurance Council of Australia, FreightLink, Tenix, University of Western Sydney, Church of Scientology and Australian Constructors Association.
At Wells Haslem he has managed and worked on projects for The Smith Family, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Sonartech Atlas, the Black Dog Institute, Nicoventures, Balmain Leagues Club, AMP, Blacktown City Council, Port Authority of NSW and Zurich Australia.
Ben possesses an acute understanding of both the mainstream media and strategic public affairs, having spent the best part of a decade working for The Australian newspaper in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne before joining Jackson Wells in 2003.
His experience and skills set brings a unique perspective to clients, helping them more effectively navigate relationships with customers, staff, suppliers, regulators, governments and other key stakeholders.
Ben was Executive Producer of a documentary on the Exclusive Brethren and has lectured students from the City University of Hong Kong on public relations and government affairs.
Immediately before joining Jackson Wells, Ben was The Australian’s High Court correspondent and regularly acted as Chief-of-Staff at the Sydney Bureau. From 1999-2002, he was based in the Parliamentary press gallery in Canberra.
Between 1996-1999 he worked as a general reporter, state rounds reporter and court reporter for The Australian in Melbourne.
Ben’s first assignment at the newspaper was in Sydney as reporter on the commercial property section. Ben also worked on the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.
Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and psychology from the University of Sydney, where he was editor of the student newspaper, Honi Soit. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Communication from University of Technology, Sydney.