Team


JUDGE US BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP

Cornerstone's team includes some of the most respected names in Australian public life. Our broad experience of the both politics and business as well as our deep understanding of how government works makes our team one of the most respected and capable in the nation.



The Hon Simon Crean
BEc, LLB


CO-CHAIRMAN
Member of the Advisory Board

Simon brings unparalleled industry experience and political intelligence to Cornerstone's Board as a respected former Labor Leader and Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president.

Simon's leadership status on the Australian national stage stems from his high profile and successful tenure at the ACTU, then with eight terms as a Federal MP acting as  Cabinet Minister for four Labor Governments. His achievements in negotiating across the table with Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, then in Cabinet shaping far-reaching policies with them are some features of a remarkable career.

In government Simon held the ministry portfolios of Science and Technology, Primary Industries and Energy, Employment, Education and Training, Trade, Regional Development and the Arts. In opposition he rose from Deputy Leader to the mantle of Labor Party Leader.

Simon sits on the Boards of Linfox International Group, Monash University Council, the National Indigenous Education Foundation, Melbourne Luna Park and the Advisory Board of SEM (South East Melbourne). He is Chairman of the Live Exporters Council, Chair of Deakin University Smart Manufacturing Group, Vice Chair of the European Australian Business Council and a Director of the Red Meat Advisory Council and LiveCorp.

Simon's knowledge and experience of the inner workings of government and his active involvement in addressing the goals of Cornerstone clients gives the team a strategic advantage in government relations and corporate affairs.


  


The Hon Dr Peter Hendy
BEc, PhD


CO. CHAIRMAN
Member of the Advisory Board

The economic credentials, leadership and advisory successes at the highest levels of government and private enterprise underscore the value of Peter's consultative expertise for Cornerstone at every level.

In retiring from politics Peter relinquished his role as Chief Economist to the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. Prior to that he was the Assistant Minister for Finance, Assistant Cabinet Secretary and Assistant Minister for Productivity.

Peter's career bestrides the corporate and public sectors, including board positions with Standards Australia, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Australian Made campaign and the National Institute of Labour Studies and as CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

On the global stage Peter's experience encompasses the OECD's International Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Executive Directorship of the Bahrain Economic Development Board in the Middle East.

In the halls of government Peter has held the pivotal Chief of Staff position for the Ministers for Workplace Relations and Small Business, Defence, Employment and Education and Training. He has also been Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Federal Opposition.

Peter was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Governor General for service to Australian society in business leadership and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  


Joseph Tannous


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY BOARD

As founder and Executive Director, Joseph has established the strategic direction and operational structure of the Cornerstone Group based on his experience in advocacy, government relations and public policy making.

Joseph's political career began with his first local council electoral win in 1999, rising to become Mayor within a year.  His active participation in shaping public policy extended to state politics, before stepping down from the Executive of the Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) to make the Cornerstone Group the industry leader it is today. 

His negotiating skills and strategic acumen were honed identifying commercial opportunities in international transit and channel management, particularly in China and India. In recognition of his expertise, Joseph was appointed as the youngest ever board Member of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders. 

Joseph brings a passion for advocating positive change with an inherent talent for identifying improvements in political planning and operational techniques. By orchestrating wins at local, state and federal elections, Joseph has developed proactive working relationships with leaders at all levels of the political spectrum. This combination of experience, personal rapport and a natural instinct for what could and should be done to shape public policy has made Joseph a highly regarded advocate and a trusted political advisor. 

In the constant flux of politics at all levels, Joseph focuses on creating and consolidating the lines of communication between business and government that deliver on objectives and achieve results.


  


Mitch Tanner
MA BCom


SENIOR ASSOCIATE- POLICY AND STRATEGY

Understanding the processes and knowing the key decision makers augment Mitch's achievements, shaping strategic frameworks engaging the private and public sectors.

With a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University and currently studying law at the University of Sydney, Mitch's academic acumen underscores the practical reasoning and analytical strengths he brings to Cornerstone. 

A decade highlighted by delivering successes in marginal seat campaigns at state and federal levels can be attributed to Mitch's passion for the political arena.  His legislative experience was honed working for a senior Cabinet Minster across the portfolios of Treasury, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Industry, Innovation and Science, Infrastructure and Transport, Agriculture and Water Resources, Social Services, Resources and Energy and Environment. 

His highly developed understanding for parliamentary procedure was furthered by his tenure with two House Speakers. Prior to that, his time working for a leading ASX200 company developed the basis for understanding how the private and public sectors could align common goals over competing interests.


  


Brigid Meney
BA MN RN


ASSOCIATE- POLICY AND STRATEGY

Merging policy innovation with professional and departmental practice is at the heart of the political clarity of thought Brigid adds to the Cornerstone team's capabilities.

Brigid's understanding of political dynamics and policy procedures was shaped during her years at Sydney University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations followed by a Masters in Nursing.  Theory was applied in practice as Brigid rose to the status of Senior Political Advisor in the nation's capital. As a medical professional, Brigid concentrated on forging alliances between the national and state health systems building a reputation as an innovative, articulate and successful advocate.

Brigid joined the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet's Local Government Reform Taskforce. In dealing with the hot-button political issues of council amalgamations across the state, Brigid has developed an intricate knowledge of local partisan dynamics. 

From grassroots election campaigns in some of Australia's most marginal seats to her participation in Australian delegations to the United Nations, Brigid exercises a passion for identifying, planning for and driving change at every level of government.


  


Dermot (Derry) Horgan


TENDER SPECIALIST

Where initial overtures can determine whether the journey flourishes or falters, Derry's experience in drafting and prosecuting incisive tenders and presentations is a vital first step.

As the tender specialist on the Cornerstone team Derry brings a wealth of experience in government and corporate liaison in the Australasian markets.  His track record of successes is based on the specialist skills he employs in developing internal and external strategies that isolate the key issues and identify the best ways to address the challenges they represent. 

Derry's strengths also stem from the rapport he develops with everyone involved, acknowledging and addressing specific concerns. He has fostered strong working relationships with private stakeholders and public decision makers at all levels of government and industry. His executive team leadership credentials include developing growth plans, building governance cultures, monitoring performance and ensuring compliance. 

Derry's expertise helps take a project from concept to completion. This begins with a clear appreciation for the governmental and commercial imperatives and encompasses the intricacies of procurement, negotiating and contracting all while focusing on a collaborative teamwork approach.


  


Rosie Garzaniti
BCOM


RESEARCH ASSISTANT

With the research skills to determine what is relevant and why, Rosie's analytical dexterity ensures key insights help shape the best possible outcomes for our clients.

With a career that spans the corporate, retail and hospitality industries, including hands on experience of running her own successful small business enterprise, Rosie has a sharp eye for unearthing crucial market movements and the motivating factors behind them. 

Rosie has built this professional success on the twin tertiary foundations of a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance) from the University of Western Sydney and a Diploma in Marketing from the Australian Professional Marketing Institute.

With eight years at Bankers Trust and as a member of its Client Relations and Funds Management Institutional Business Development Team, Rosie has developed a keen sense of the financial factors that influence marketing, business development, event management, communications and business administration.

By interpreting what information can be harnessed to maximise stakeholder engagement Rosie helps equip the Cornerstone team with the precision of purpose to focus on and then deliver the right outcomes.