Kerry-Anne Walsh

Kerry-Anne Walsh


Kerry-Anne Walsh is one of Australia’s most respected independent political communications strategist, and leads Counsel House’s crossbench advisory practice. Kerry-Anne is a well-known figure on the Hill having gained than 30 years’ experience at the highest levels of Australian political media.  She maintains strong relationships with many political independents, who have become an increasingly prominent and influential feature of the contemporary Federal Parliament.

Kerry-Anne is recognised as an astute architect of grassroots and multi-stakeholder media and political campaigns.  She is highly regarded as a cultural awareness coach and a source of political counsel free from the constraints of major party orthodoxies.  She has deep contacts in the Australian political and media worlds, and extensive networks in corporate Australia.

During her twenty-five years at the highest levels in Australia’s national media Kerry-Anne was a senior political correspondent and bureau chief for News Limited and Fairfax newspapers; an ABC radio presenter and producer; Kerry O’Brien’s editorial producer on Channel Ten’s Face to Face program; political editor of the highly respected The Bulletin magazine; and panellist for six years on the ABC’s influential Sunday morning TV program, Insiders. She has developed a distinct brand as a genuine independent thinker in the commentariat.

Kerry-Anne is a best-selling and award-winning political author and is widely published in international publications including The South China Morning Post, the Singapore Straits Times and the Irish Times. She remains a regular political commentator on Sky News Australia, Radio New Zealand, ABC News Radio, the BBC and ABC’s respected nightly talk program, The Drum.

Kerry-Anne advises Counsel House’s clients on how to best navigate the non-major party landscape and ensure engagement with crossbench parliamentarians is as effective as parallel measures to inform Government and Opposition decision makers.

Kerry-Anne’s specialist areas include: 

  • Government relations 
  • Multi-stakeholder communication strategies 
  • Executive media coach 
  • Issues management and crisis media intervention 
  • Targeted, accurate and persuasive messaging and corporate writing