Sydney, Australia – Australian communications consultancy Honner has announced new appointments for its senior team, reinforcing the agency’s position as one of Australia’s leading specialist corporate and financial communications firms.

Equity partner Susie Bell has been appointed managing partner, focusing on leading Honner’s people and culture. In the new role, Bell works closely with founder and CEO Philippa Honner to drive a range of management responsibilities in addition to leading the agency’s relationships with key clients.

Meanwhile, Alison Kahler has joined the Honner team as its new senior consultant – content, in response to ongoing demand for ‘high-quality, strategically driven’ content programs in the financial services sector. 

In the new role, Kahler brings with her more than 25 years of experience as a financial journalist and communications adviser for major publications and institutions. At Honner, she will be working across the firm’s financial services, corporate, and technology clients offering content strategy development and delivery as well as strategic communications counsel. 

Another addition to the team is Rashmi Punjabi, who has been appointed to the newly created role of head of business development. She will work closely with the CEO and senior leadership team to drive new business efforts across traditional finance and new economy sectors, as well as lead marketing initiatives for the agency.

Honner has also formalised its senior leadership team, in recognition of the collective contribution the agency’s senior consultants make in managing a growing consultancy. 

Along with Honner, Bell, Kahler, and Punjabi, the new team includes Judith Bence, chief operating officer; Craig Morris, head of marketing solutions; Samantha Rockliff, senior consultant; Fiona Parker, chief strategy officer; and Natasha Moldrich, account director.

Speaking about the appointments, Honner said that they reflected the firm’s ambitions to continue broadening its offering across the Australian and APAC region.

“Each year we behave more like a traditional consultant – working with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver highly tailored, strategically driven programs that make a commercial impact,” she said.

Honner also added, “We’re investing in our team, digital tools and infrastructure to support the next phase of growth – as clients continue to value specialist agencies that bring deep market insights and creative ideas to the table, operating as a dynamic and flexible extension of their in-house team.”

Bell also commented that continuous learning and global curiosity were strong contributors to the firm’s culture. “The Honner team is our greatest strength, and we are extremely proud of our diverse range of talent. We’re committed to delivering relevant and future focused training and team experiences that add value and create a real impact.”

Sydney, Australia – Specialist corporate and financial communications firm Honner has announced the appointment of Fiona Parker as chief strategy officer, adding to Honner’s growing senior team. In her new role, Parker will help build on Honner’s established financial communications practice including opportunities in the corporate, financial technology and professional services space – focusing on both Australia and regional mandates.

The move adds further senior resources to Honner’s growing specialisation in the fintech and digital assets sector, where the firm represents an array of global and local brands including BTC Markets,, Algorand Foundation, Blockchain Australia, MH Carnegie & Co, Nano and Loda.

Parker brings more than 20 years of communications experience working across Australia, Europe and Asia. She joins from FleishmanHillard where she was the Sydney-based head of corporate communications for the past three years.

Prior to returning to Sydney, Parker was based in Asia for five years where she held roles including Hong Kong Technology Lead, Asia Pacific Technology Practice Director at H+K Strategies, as well as Director at MHP Communications. 

On her appointment, Parker shared, “I am thrilled to be joining the growing Honner team, one synonymous with quality, which provides the highest possible calibre of strategic counsel to its impressive roster of clients. I’m very excited by the opportunity to help cutting edge innovators reshape, lead and engage the market as the ongoing digitalisation of finance brings new possibilities to life in Australia and the region.”

Honner’s Founder and CEO Philippa Honner, said the appointment reflects the rapidly escalating impact technological change is having on financial players – as both providers and customers look towards an increasingly decentralised digital asset ecosystem.

“Traditional financial brands like banks, asset managers, super funds and wealth firms continue to be the mainstay of Honner, however emerging technology is revolutionising the way these firms do business,” Honner said

Honner added, “How people engage with their money, how they ‘bank’, and how they invest is all changing – and fast. We’re investing in that change, building a financial tech practice to better service existing clients, as well as the new wave of financial brands that are taking the sector in new directions.”

Besides the appointment of Parker, Honner made a number of new hires in the areas of financial communications, marketing, and content services in the year 2022.