Michael Grealy is a communications consultant, writer and trusted adviser. He’s had the privilege of working with outstanding teams for more than four decades in the corporate, government and media sectors.
Michael has used that priceless experience to develop expertise in executive communications and speechwriting, media and public relations, strategic communications and issues management, and copywriting.
Ethical and accountable and a stickler for accuracy and clear writing, he has delivered communications that have enhanced and defended corporate and individual reputations, promoted billion-dollar government programs, and managed scores of events and business leaders' profiles.
His media relations capabilities are underpinned by 17 years in journalism, including political and industrial relations reporting and feature writing.
Michael’s bipartisan experience inside government comes from his roles as Premier's media unit assistant manager and chief press secretary for successive NSW Premiers from 1989-1994 and as media relations director for the NSW Government's Olympic Co-ordination Authority from 1995.
He led OCA’s media team that successfully promoted the government's billion-dollar 2000 Sydney Olympics Games construction program by engagement with national and international media.
Michael gained valuable experience in executive communications, issues management and transformation communications at Telstra Corporation as Director of Executive Services and national media relations manager for successive CEOs from 1999-2009.
He was an account director at Sydney-based agency Lighthouse Communications Group from 2010-17, managing a broad suite of communications for national clients in diverse business sectors.
A highlight from 2010-15 was leading a team that successfully promoted the stories of hundreds of successful business women, start-ups and small business owners for Australia’s leading business awards programs.
Michael enjoys helping business and government leaders share their vision, ideas and initiatives with the audiences they need most. His speechwriting ranges across diverse subjects and he is a member of the Washington DC-based Professional Speechwriters Association.
Michael’s first love is his family. His second is the Sydney Swans. His dream is to write a pop song recorded by one of his heroes, Paul Kelly or Neil Finn.