About Us

The Strategic Counsel is the specialist provider of strategic, government and regulatory advice to companies in the health and medical technology sectors in Australia. Each member of the team has been a leader in the corporate, political or bureaucratic spheres.

Donna Staunton was the Founding Managing Director of The Strategic Counsel. She was on the Senior Management teams of a number of substantial public and private sector organisations, including ASX top 20 and Fortune 500 companies. She was also the first woman appointed to the Business Council of Australia. Donna established the Strategic Counsel with Michael in 2007 and was the MD until her untimely death in January 2018.

Executive Team

As Managing Director of the Strategic Counsel, The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge was Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party and has been Australia's longest serving Federal Minister for Health over the past twenty-five years;

Donna Edman has extensive experience in corporate public affairs and government, most recently as Executive Director of Public Affairs for Medicines Australia.

What We Do

The Strategic Counsel helps its clients succeed in the highly regulated and complex healthcare marketplace.

Together, it provides insight, advice and assistance relating to politics, healthcare and regulation, the quality and scope of which is unmatched in Australia.

We understand the play from the corporate and political perspectives: we know 'the game'; we know its rules and how to play to win. Each of us has spent our careers building capabilities, networks, and understanding of the nuances and subtleties of both politics and healthcare.

Contact Us

The Strategic Counsel
Level 7, 167 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
T +613 8344 1665
M +61 413 185 724