Rob Ball is an experienced public relations practitioner who has worked as a senior journalist and a senior policy and strategy adviser to a State Premier. He counsels clients in the private and public sectors, health, the environment, professions, sport and local government and has strong credentials in strategy development and the management of complex public issues. Rob has on three occasions won Australia’s top national public relations awards with projects for the South Australian Government Project Delivery Task Force (Glenelg-West Beach Project), the Port Adelaide Football Club’s AFL bid and a successful government relations campaign for the City of Unley. As a journalist at the Adelaide Advertiser, Rob reported industrial affairs, police and politics. He was a member of The Advertiser’s investigative team and his awards in journalism include a 1980 Media Peace Prize Gold Citation from the United Nations Association of Australia for coverage of land rights for Pitjantjatjara people in north-west South Australia.
He established Ball Public Relations in 1998 and is its managing director.
Abby is a passionate public relations professional with significant agency and in-house experience and a diverse client background, ranging from local government, property, fashion and retail, to the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, she worked as communications manager at a national cancer prevention charity, where she developed and implemented a number of successful media and awareness campaigns to promote the organisation and cause around Australia. Her career started in as a broadcast news reporter at the ABC and Seven News. Abby holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of South Australia.
She joined Ball Public Relations in 2016.
Cassandra Dunlop is a skilled public relations consultant and former journalist. Cassandra consults to a range of clients in public utilities, construction and development, energy, defence, local government and not-for-profit sectors. She advises on public and media issues, develops and executes effective communication strategies and compiles, edits and co-ordinates a wide range of publications and communication materials for both internal and external communications. She joined Ball Public Relations from a United Kingdom consultancy where she managed a portfolio of private and public sector clients and was responsible for successful national media campaigns. A former senior journalist at North Wales Newspapers, Cassandra is a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and holds a qualification from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
Cassandra joined Ball Public Relations in 2009
Sarah is an enthusiastic public relations consultant with agency experience and counsels clients in engineering and construction, retail and consumer goods, health, local government, tourism, technology, hospitality and racing. She has worked on local and national strategic public relations campaigns and managed issues and crisis communications plans. Sarah also has extensive experience in event styling and event management. She holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from the University of South Australia and a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from the University of South Australia.
Sarah joined Ball Public Relations in 2017.
Jacqueline Burdikovs is our Business Manager and provides administration and finance services to our team. She has extensive experience in business administration, financial management, sponsorship, foundation management, event coordination and planning. Jacqueline has broad experience across a range of industries including insurance, commercial property, investment trusts and small business. She also acts as honorary treasurer for a number of ‘not-for-profit’ organisations. Jacqueline holds a secretarial diploma and has strong skills in business systems and a range of financial management software packages.
Jacqueline joined Ball Public Relations in 2013.