Our People

Citadel-MAGNUS has a strong, focused and dedicated team of professionals with a track record of delivering outstanding corporate and financial communication campaigns to our clients across Corporate Reputation, Investor Relations, Transaction Communication and Special Situations.

MEET OUR team

Alexandra Abeyratne
Senior Associate

Alexandra Abeyratne

Ashleigh D’Alessandro
Senior Associate

Ashleigh D’Alessandro

Founding Partner

Martin Debelle

Office Manager, Perth

Monika Fairclough

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Stacey Finley

Cameron Gilenko
Associate Director

Cameron Gilenko

Founding Partner

John Gardner

Associate Director

Jack Gordon

Senior Associate

Emma Handreck

Director

Annabel Hepworth

Finance Director

Doris Jurzak

Media Assistant

Sara Naghizadeh

Design Director

Genevieve Norton

Associate Director

Russell Quinn

Associate

Stephanie Richardson

Director

Paul Ryan

Maddie Seacombe
Senior Associate

Maddie Seacombe

Senior Adviser

Matt Stevens

Director

Catherine Strong

Director

Ryan Thompson

Jonathan van Hazel
Associate Director

Jonathan Van Hazel

Saskia West
Associate

Saskia West

Alexandra Abeyratne

Senior Associate

Alexandra Abeyratne

Alex has over five years’ experience in corporate communications and investor relations in both the London and Australian markets. Alex works with listed and private companies on investor communications strategies, including through transactions, capital raisings, and reputational crises.

Prior to joining Citadel-MAGNUS, Alex was a Senior Consultant at FTI Consulting in London, working with financial services clients in asset and wealth management. In London, Alex was also previously at Moorgate Communications, specialising in transaction banking and trade finance.

Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath, England.

Ashleigh D’Alessandro

Senior Associate

Ashleigh D’Alessandro

Ashleigh has more than nine years’ experience in corporate communication, public relations and stakeholder management. She is experienced in developing crisis communication plans, implementing community development initiatives and brand and reputation management. Ashleigh is skilled in content creation, having completed the Content Marketing Certificate from the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA), and has a passion for writing.

Ashleigh previously worked in the public sector as an advisor for a member of WA State Parliament and prior to joining Citadel-MAGNUS was the PR and Communication Coordinator at Australia’s largest private residential land developer.

Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications Studies) from the University of Western Australia.

Founding Partner

Martin Debelle

Martin is a founding Partner of Citadel-MAGNUS.

He specialises in corporate issues management, transactions, government and regulatory affairs with more than 25 years’ corporate communication experience across resources, energy, manufacturing, retail and real estate, with listed and unlisted companies.

Previously he worked as media director to NSW Premier and government, a news reporter and foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Office Manager, Perth

Monika Fairclough

Monika has over 15 years’ experience in corporate administration and is currently Citadel-MAGNUS’ Perth Office Manager.

She has developed valuable skills in customer service, stakeholder management and accounting having worked for some of the world’s largest engineering and oil and gas companies, and now in corporate finance.

Monika supports Citadel-MAGNUS with a broad range of activities, bringing a professional and friendly approach to managing the Perth office.

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Stacey Finley

Stacey is an accomplished Executive Assistant with several years’ experience providing high-level C-suite support in various industries including Media, Real Estate and Entertainment based in both Sydney and London.

She supports the five Sydney based Partners and is the Office Manager. Stacey is tasked with overseeing the smooth day-to-day operations and fundamental administrative requirements of Citadel-MAGNUS. Her ability to think outside the square for solutions, coupled with her meticulous organisational and time management skills, Stacey ensures the Citadel-MAGNUS team are always prepare and focused on exceeding client expectations.

Stacey also holds a current real estate licence issued under the Property and Stock Agents Act 2002.

Cameron Gilenko

Associate Director

Cameron Gilenko

Cameron joined Citadel-MAGNUS with eight years’ experience in equity capital markets both in Australia and London, drawing on this expertise to work closely with small-to-mid cap companies as part of the investor relations team.

Prior to Citadel-MAGNUS, Cameron worked as an Analyst for Barclays Capital in London, having spent significant time with a major Australian financial advisory firm.

He brings in-depth knowledge of the financial markets, corporate transactions, investment strategies and facilitating secondary market trade execution. Cameron has an interest in all market sectors with a particular passion for the resources industry.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Management) from Curtin University and is RG 146 qualified.

Founding Partner

John Gardner

John is a founding Partner of Citadel-MAGNUS.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communication and investor relations in Sydney, Perth and London. His experience includes the development of corporate, investor relations and transaction communication strategies for clients across a broad range of sectors.

He has led the communication on many highly successful transactions and provided counsel to management on several complex issues in the corporate sector.

Associate Director

Jack Gordon

Jack has 7 years’ corporate communications and federal government experience. Jack has advised listed and private companies across Australia through M+A, reputational crises, capital raisings and profile raising activity. Jack Joined Citadel-MAGNUS from one of Australia’s leading corporate communication and government relations firms. Prior to working in communications Jack was on the staff of a senior federal senator.

Jack holds a Masters degree in strategic communications from the University of Sydney and an undergraduate degree in communications from UNSW.

Senior Associate

Emma Handreck

Emma has a strong understanding of the Australian broadcast media landscape, with 7 years experience in the news industry. She has worked in radio and television, holding Senior roles at both Network Seven and Ten, including as Executive News Producer of Sunrise.

Prior to joining Citadel-MAGNUS, she was a Senior Media Officer with the NSW Government, where she advised on reputation management and developed crisis communication strategies.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from Curtin University.

Director

Annabel Hepworth

Annabel Hepworth is an experienced journalist and communications advisor. She was an Associate Editor at The Australian Financial Review before joining The Australian, where she was National Business Correspondent and senior writer, writing extensively on the interface between business and government. Her particular focus included business regulation energy markets, telecommunications and aviation. Since leaving journalism she has worked for the Business Council of Australia and Australian Energy Market Commission.

Finance Director

Doris Jurzak

Doris is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in financial reporting and operations.

She has held senior finance roles with listed and private equity entities, primarily in the property and infrastructure sectors, working on capital raisings, board reporting, annual reports, shareholder communication and day to day financial activities including management reporting and compliance matters.

Experience with an international chartered accounting firm and various small, expanding businesses enhanced her broad skills and expertise in accounting, tax and administration, providing valuable support for the Citadel-MAGNUS team.

Doris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Media Assistant

Sara Naghizadeh

Sara supports the delivery and production of communication collateral for investor relations and corporate reputation enterprises at Citadel-MAGNUS.

With a keen interest in fostering relationships with clients, Sara assists with organizing roadshows, financial calender events and media monitoring for the team.

Sara is currently studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in International Business) and a Bachelor of Communications (majoring in International Media) at Macquarie University.

Design Director

Genevieve Norton

Genevieve brings more than 15 years’ experience in professional services consulting, providing valuable design support internally and externally for Citadel-MAGNUS and its clients, stemming from her extensive graphic design and desktop publishing skills.

She has extensive experience working to brand guidelines in corporate environments including designing and producing pitch documents, proposals, reports, factsheets, brochures, infographics and presentations. Outcomes-focused with strong attention to detail, she is proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite of programs including Illustrator, InDesign and video editing software, in addition to being an advanced user of all Microsoft Office programs.

Genevieve holds a Bachelor of Design and Technology (Industrial Graphics) from Western Sydney University.

Associate Director

Russell Quinn

Russell has almost 20 years’ media and communication experience in Australia, providing advice to listed and unlisted entities across the public and private sectors after a successful career as a senior business journalist and editor.

He has extensive expertise in corporate communication, public relations, community engagement, government relations and reputation management, having worked across various industries in challenging regulatory and stakeholder environments including banking and finance, insurance, health and gambling.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) from Curtin University and is pursuing a MBA with the University of Western Australia. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Perth Fashion Festival.

Associate

Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie supports the Citadel-MAGNUS team with media and investor relations, and corporate communication. She has prior experience in the Finance and Construction industries

Most recently Stephanie worked as an in-house Marketing and Communications professional in the Construction industry which encompassed the execution of strategic marketing campaigns, digital marketing, social media, stakeholder relations, event management and public relations.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Public Relations and Marketing) from Curtin University and Digital Marketing Certificate from the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA).

Director

Paul Ryan

Paul has extensive experience in communication, stakeholder engagement, and issues and crisis management, forged over a 25-year career in media and corporate affairs with major Australian organisations in the agriculture and energy sectors.

He has a strong track record of managing corporate reputation in challenging regulatory and stakeholder environments, providing strategic communication counsel across metropolitan and regional Australia, devising stakeholder engagement programs and effectively managing corporate and operational issues incorporating government relations.

Paul has worked for Seven West Media, major Australian agribusinessess and has held senior corporate affairs leadership positions in Woodside and Shell where he worked on major projects including the North West Shelf, the Browse Joint Venture, Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG Project and the integration of Shell Australia and QGC post the Shell-BG merger in 2016.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Edith Cowan University.

Maddie Seacombe

Senior Associate

Maddie Seacombe

Maddie joined Citadel-MAGNUS from the UK, bringing five years’ of agency experience from the City of London, where she advised Companies on engagement with the capital markets and investor community.

In London, Maddie was an Associate Director at Buchanan, one of the UK’s leading financial communications agencies.

Her clients included UK and global Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Main and AIM Markets across a variety of sectors.

Experience includes providing counsel on ongoing investor relations activity, financial calendar management, IPOs, M&A & fundraising, digital strategy, ESG and crisis communications.

Senior Adviser

Matt Stevens

As one of Australia’s most experienced and respected business commentators, Matthew earned a market-leading reputation over a four-decade career in journalism. Matt worked as a business reporter, editor and columnist for major mastheads including The Age, Business Review Weekly, The Business Australian and The Australian. Progressive roles at The Australian included appointments as Victorian Business Editor, Victorian Editor, Europe Correspondent, National Chief of Staff and Editor of the newspaper’s flagship weekend edition. Matt returned to writing as a business columnist with The Australian in 2001 and, most recently, he was a leading columnist at The Australian Financial Review.

After leaving journalism in 2020, Matt established a private advisory business with clients including BHP. Matt is a recognised thought leader in the minerals, metals and mining industries with a deep knowledge of bulk minerals and energy commodities markets and their geopolitical interplay. He arrives at Citadel-Magnus with decades of high-level experience in infrastructure, retail, banking and business policy. He joins Citadel Magnus to offer tactical and strategic counsel to a range of clients as a Senior Adviser.

Director

Catherine Strong

Catherine has more than 20 years of corporate communication and investor relations experience in both the London, Australian and US markets. With strong experience in growth companies across multiple sectors, including healthcare and technology, she has advised listed and private companies on investor relation and media strategies, supporting them with financial calendar activity, IPOs, capital raisings and M&A.

She also held in-house roles at global not-for-profit, JDRF and the UK’s peak biotech trade body, the BioIndustry Association. Prior to returning to Australia, she supported London Stock Exchange and AIM listed clients at London-based financial communication agency Buchanan.

Catherine graduated from the Australian National University with Bachelor degrees in Science and Arts.

Director

Ryan Thompson

Ryan has worked for more than nine years in investor relations and financial communications both in Australia and London.

Prior to joining Citadel-MAGNUS, Ryan was based in London, leading investor relations for a FTSE-listed international specialty insurance company. Previously Ryan spent time working at a boutique financial communications consultancy in his native Sydney.

Ryan brings extensive capital markets experience, having developed and executed successful investor relations and strategic communications programmes for IPOs, M&A, and capital raising transactions. He has provided strategic counsel to senior executives and boards on complex and sensitive corporate matters, including litigation, crisis and issues management, media relations and public affairs.

Jonathan van Hazel

Associate Director

Jonathan Van Hazel

Jono joined Citadel-MAGNUS with ten years’ experience in equity capital markets in Australia in addition to several years working across engineering, advisory and start up companies. This broad experience is valuable when working with the large range of companies that the investor relations team deals with. He brings an understanding of financial markets combined with a technical background based on his engineering knowledge.

Jono holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma, and a Master of Engineering.

Saskia West

Associate

Saskia West

Saskia, a recent graduate from the University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Media in PR and Advertising) brings fresh Public Relations insights in the broader media sphere with a keen interest in the financial and corporate communications sector.

Prior to Citadel-MAGNUS she spent several years as a customer success partner for a technology startup wherein she formed and fostered strong client and stakeholder relationships.

Saskia supports media relations and investor relations activity across the Citadel-MAGNUS team, assisting with the production and delivery of communication collateral, organizing roadshows and other financial calendar events, and provides media monitoring support for Citadel-MAGNUS clients.