David Gazard | Director
David has 20 years experience in federal and state government, corporate Australia and the media. He has run numerous successful campaigns and achieved results for a variety of firms and public interests. He has a deep understanding of the public policy process after having worked for a prime minister, a federal treasurer, two federal health ministers and a NSW state leader.
David commenced his career as a finance journalist and worked in the federal press gallery with News Ltd. He retains excellent media contacts and networks. He established and operated his own successful government relations business after heading up government relations for Westpac Banking Corp – one of Australia’s leading banks.
David has broad and deep political and business networks, is skilled in media liaison and is a regular political commentator on ABC and Sky TV.
Jonathan Epstein | Director
Jonathan is an economist by background with significant contacts in the financial services and banking industry. He has 15 years of experience in senior financial and economic advisory roles as well as advising at a federal and state government level. He was a senior analyst at Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund – the Future Fund – working in the portfolio strategy, infrastructure and property teams.
Jonathan brings strong strategic insights into the way the financial markets intersect with government having been a strategic adviser to the chairman Australia’s Future Fund and a federal treasurer. He helped with the creation and establishment of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF). Along the way, he has worked for a federal cabinet minister and a Victorian state leader.
He has also held positions at central commonwealth and state public service institutions such as Commonwealth Treasury and Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
The Hon. Peter Costello AC | Chairman ECG Advisory Board
Peter Costello is Managing Director of ECG Financial Pty Ltd, a boutique corporate advisory firm, with offices in Canberra and Melbourne. He is also on the Future Fund Board of Guardians, Nine Entertainment Co. Board, Chairman of the World Bank Independent Advisory Board and Global Advisory Board for Allianz.
Peter is the longest serving Federal Treasurer in Australia’s history.