Ross Thornton has founded, built and sold two of the most successful corporate and financial communications agencies in Australia, and is now taking on a new challenge with executive selection and search.

A former political Media Adviser to NSW Premier John Fahey, and in-house Corporate Affairs Manager at Austar, Ross entered PR consulting in 1998 by co-founding Cannings Corporate Communication, which was sold to STW in 2002. In 2003, Ross co-founded Third Person, which became the largest corporate and financial agency in Australia, employing 50 consultants at its peak across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and advising on most of the significant M & A transactions and IPO’s of its era.

Through these two agencies, Ross has personally selected and employed more than 200 professional communicators, and has consulted to senior communicators and CEO’s of companies such as Woolworths, Premier Investments (Solomon Lew) and Rio Tinto. Ross has acted as in-house Corporate Affairs Director at NRMA Insurance and Woolworths on consultancy. He is known for his fearless advice to clients and strong advocacy for his people.

After selling Third Person to FTI Consulting in 2010, Ross moved to London to become global head of M & A Communications for FTI. Returning to Sydney in 2013, Ross co-founded Domestique Consulting, where he continues to practice communications consulting, mainly focussing on M & A and IPO projects, such as the successful joint bid by Wilmar and First Pacific for Goodman Fielder, the attempted bid by Scepter for Santos, and the successful bid for SAB Miller by AB Inbev to name a few recent examples.

In 2014, Ross and his former colleague at Third Person, Rebecca Tabakoff, co-founded Temple Executive Search with the aim of bringing their experience as professional communicators to bear in corporate affairs search processes. Ross has led successful searches for senior communicators for organisations as diverse as Westpac, The Catholic Church, ABC Television and Woolworths. He loves the process of search, using his own extensive networks to find the right person for his clients. He will also go into bat for senior communicators and seek out specific opportunities for them with targeted companies. As an experienced consultant, Ross also works with clients to advise them on structure and strategy so that they get the best from their teams.