Our Senior Team

Jane Lowe

Jane Lowe

Founder and Managing Director

Jane founded Investor Relations Department Pty Ltd in 2008 in response to the demand for highly experienced investor relations and corporate communications support on a contracted basis. She has more than 15 years’ experience providing specialist communications consultancy to clients across investor and public relations, marketing and corporate communications.

Jane is passionate about working with companies and initiatives that deliver positive global impact. She has worked with hundreds of clients, listed and unlisted, from micro-caps to ASX top 50 and has overseen more than 80 secondary capital raises, many IPOs and M&A campaigns, and has a strong network of domestic and international investor and media contacts.

Prior to founding IR Department, Jane led the Sydney investor communications team for what is now WE Communications (then Buchan Consulting) and was the head of IR and PR at Geodynamics Limited, a (then) ASX300 company.

Jane was a founding member of online investor communications group IRM, where she drove successful electronic investor relations strategies for listed companies across a diverse range of industries and built a strong balance sheet for the IRM business. Earlier, she worked in roles that successfully positioned private businesses for trade sale.

For the past four years, she has volunteered as a mentor for SBE Australia (part of Springboard Enterprises), supporting female founders and CEOs accelerate their businesses to achieve global scale.   

Specialities include: strategy, investor relations, investor outreach, M&A and corporate transactions, corporate communications and marketing.

Cherie Hartley

Cherie Hartley

Communications Director

Cherie has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry, with vast expertise in the areas of public relations and marketing. Having held senior positions both agency and client side in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, her knowledge spans consumer, corporate, not-for-profit and government communications. Cherie has worked extensively across numerous industries, including sport, tourism, healthcare and FMCG sectors.

Her experience includes heading up strategic communications for the Government of Abu Dhabi where she advised on government policy, developed the Emirate’s tourism brand, and secured and marketed major sporting events such as the FIFA Club World Cup. Prior to this, Cherie headed up Consumer PR for Burson-Marsteller in Australia where she developed award-winning campaigns for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Heineken and Tourism New Zealand.

Specialities: strategic communications, media relations, event management, sponsorship, marketing (ATL and BTL), digital, social media and content development.

Ilona Marchetta

Account Director

Ilona has more than 15 years’ experience in communications spanning journalism, public relations and marketing, including influencer marketing and social media. Ilona is also an APMG International certified change management practitioner with experience in agile project environments across finance and government. She has developed and executed change communication strategies for organisations ranging from 500 to 60,000 employees, with onshore and offshore teams.

Ilona has considerable experience developing communication strategies for controversial and challenging subjects, having held senior positions at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Westpac as part of the core team delivering reform following the The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Ilona is completing studies in Sustainability and Climate Policy via Curtin University, and is working toward a globally recognised Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner certification.

Specialties: Corporate communications, content strategy, media relations, eco communications, copywriting, marketing, social media, change management

Michael Lovesey

Account Director

Michael has more than 15 years of experience across corporate PR, capital markets and trade media. He has a strong IR agency consulting background, partnering with emerging companies (resources, healthcare and technology) to implement investor and media relations strategies. Michael also has diverse in-house communications experience within large legal services, financial services and commercial property firms.

He is well-networked in capital markets, having worked as an analyst at two of Australia's largest full service stockbroking firms, Patersons Securities (now Canaccord Genuity Australia) and Bell Potter Securities, in Perth and Sydney. Prior to this, Michael was an editor at Mining Journal in London and has also worked as a geologist.

He has advised pre-IPO companies through to ASX top 50 companies.

George Kopsiaftis

IR Specialist

George has over 30 years’ financial markets experience across equities research, portfolio management, and equity capital markets, within the institutional stockbroking and funds management industries. George started his career as an equity analyst at James Capel Australia.

He later moved to Westpac Investment Management (now Pendal) where he was appointed Deputy Head of the Australian Equities team and a portfolio manager responsible for $2.5bn in Australian listed equities. George later moved to LINWAR Securities, a small  cap focused stockbroker (acquired by ANZ), where he was appointed Head of Equities Research.

More recently, George has assisted listed small cap companies to raise growth capital through his equity capital markets capabilities at both Petra Capital and Shaw & Partners (Director Corporate Finance).

George Hazim

Government and Media Relations Specialist

A former ministerial advisor and senior journalist who has covered business, politics and telecommunications extensively, George has worked in government, media and corporate for more than 20 years.

George has headed the media and government relations departments of companies like Primus Telecom, NEC Australia the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), and was the Principal Media Advisor to  Australia’s most powerful woman in the higher education sector, the former VC of RMIT University, Margaret Gardner, now VC of Monash University and the Principal Media Advisor to the Victorian Minister for Small Business, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Vin Heffernan.

George is politically astute with an in depth understanding of media and government. He is a specialist in government strategy and media relations as well as issues management, with extensive experience in handling contentious issues.

Outside of work, George is a highly accomplished athlete.

Paul Langley

Digital Content Producer

Paul has more than 30 years experience in filmmaking, post-production and photography. He has worked across a number of diverse industries, including fashion, natural history, underwater, advertising, movies and television.

Starting his career in London, he also pursued a highly-successful run in sales and business development. Arriving in Sydney in 2000, he was able to combine all of his previous experience into a small business, specialising in digital marketing within the emerging social media and internet space, winning several awards along the way.

Paul is passionate about getting the very best out of those that he works with and loves a challenge. Outside of work, he has represented internationally in 3 different sports.