The agency

Michels Warren is an Adelaide-based public relations consultancy specialising in building and protecting brands. We’ve been doing so for the past 40+ years and work with leading organisations all around Australia.

We pride ourselves on being problem solvers and creative thinkers. We aim to bring these skills to every interaction with our clients and look to add value at every step.

We provide our clients with solutions across a range of platforms including our stand-alone design division ChinaShop, our 5PR Media Training, digital and social media, video production and more.

We are an accredited public relations agency that meets the stringent requirements of the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) national Registered Consultancies Group program. Registration requires strict adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards.

Our philosophy is simple – we build and protect brands.

Our team

Led by Phil Martin, Managing Director, our team of PR consultants is comprised of highly-skilled professionals with extensive experience in public relations, marketing, government relations and the media. The majority of our PR team is made up of former journalists with experience at news organisations including The Australian, Network Ten, the Seven Network, News Limited, Macquarie Network, Sky News (UK), BBC (UK) and Reuters Television (UK).

Phil Martin

Phil Martin - Managing Director

Phil has been leading the Michels Warren team as Managing Director since 2003. His experience and understanding of the importance of brand has seen him win PR awards for marketing communication, corporate communication and issues management across diverse fields including health, utilities, government and sport.

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Susan Harrington

Susan Harrington - Director

Susan is an experienced broadcast journalist, having worked extensively both in Australia and overseas. Her former roles include TV news producer, reporter and chief-of-staff at Channel 9, Channel 7 and ABC Adelaide as well as Visnews, BBC and Reuters TV in London.

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Kristy Macfarlane

Kristy Macfarlane - Account Director

Kristy joined Michels Warren in 2005 and her current clients include the Adelaide Oval, Walker Corporation, Commercial & General and Country SA PHN.

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Lesley Johns

Lesley Johns - Consultant

Lesley Johns is a journalist and communications/media and public relations specialist with experience spanning 30 years.

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Myles Wallace  ​

Myles Wallace ​ - Consultant

Myles delivers strategic communications outcomes for a range of local and global brands, including Macquarie Capital, EBOS Group, Perks Accountants and Wealth Advisers, SANFL, Adelaide High School and Sight For All. His work encompasses diverse fields such as healthcare, education, sport, business, finance and charity.

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Alexandra Green

Alexandra Green - Consultant

Alexandra joined the Michels Warren team in 2017 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Media from the University of Adelaide. She is a skilled writer and communicator, working with clients such as Oval Hotel, Racing SA, the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association and Seymour College.

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Lesley High

Lesley High - Senior Designer

Lesley graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication and Graphic Design from TafeSA in 2005, achieving Dux of the Class and the Best Graduate Award from the Adelaide Advertising & Design Club (AADC). ​

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Jo Koehler

Jo Koehler - Senior Designer ​

Jo has been working within the design industry in Australia and abroad for the past 30 years. During this time, she has gained extensive experience working across all mediums and across various sectors including government, corporate, not-for-profit, education and health.

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Laura Wallis

Laura Wallis - Designer

Laura graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Design - Visual Communications, at the University of South Australia. Previously managing her own design studio, she’s adaptive and has extensive experience across both digital and print design.

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Louie Waples

Louie Waples - Designer

Louie joined ChinaShop in 2016 and has worked on a number of short and long-term projects, including annual reports, digital and print collateral and more. She has previously worked as a graphic designer in the publishing industry, working on various mine safety, construction safety and water industry publications, as well as working for a range of clients under her own design business.

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Karen Sharp

Karen Sharp - Business Manager

Karen has been part of the Michels Warren team for 17 years, the last 10 of which have been in the role of Office Manager. Her extensive knowledge of our clients and operations, as well as a keen eye for detail, helps to ensure an efficient and productive workplace.

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Carol Hayford

Carol Hayford - Admin, IT & Production

Carol’s is the first smiling face you will see when you arrive at Michels Warren. She joined the team in 2014 as our receptionist, and has since grown her role to include admin, IT and production management.

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Millie Martin

Millie Martin - Consultant Support

Millie took on the role of Consultant Support in 2020 after working with our media training team for three years, filming as-live television press conference interviews. She has previously worked as a videographer and content producer for SANFL and at Sky News as a part-time producer and videographer.

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