Helen Besly


Helen Besly
CEW Member

Managing Director

Helen Besly oversees the company-wide management of Rowland’s strategic offering, including the growth and management of the full breadth of the company’s communication, business advisory and creative services. With more than 30 years’ experience in providing strategic counsel in communication, issues management and organisational change Helen is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in Australia’s communication industry. Noted by clients and associates for having an insightful and candid approach to business and communication challenges, Helen continues to be involved in client business and is a corporate coach to many of Australia’s senior business and community leaders. Her extensive experience spans the public and private sectors including utilities, energy and resources and education sectors, as well as pharmaceutical, healthcare and technology.

An active member of the Queensland business community, among her many accolades Helen has won a Telstra Business Women’s Award, a Centenary Medal for her services to Australian society in business leadership and is also an Executive Advisor to QUT’s Executive MBA Program. Helen joined Rowland in 1996, having previously been Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller, Hong Kong.

Qualification and professional affiliations:

Bachelor of Business – Communication, Queensland University of Technology
Fellow Public Relations Institute of Australia (FPRIA)
Fellow Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)
Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Councillor AbaF Queensland
Member of the Queensland Commemorative Events and Celebrations Committee (QCECC)
Member of QUT Business School Academic Board
Trustee Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust.

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