Who are we

Affairs of State Parliament House Steps

We have seen governments come and go. Affairs of State grew out of Mr. Alistair Urquhart’s professional and voluntary community activities and campaigns. Alistair’s influence is across all our business and professional ethics.

We have wide ranging networks that connect you with decision-makers most important to you. We offer insight, knowledge and strategic advice … experience based advice relevant today.

Over much of the past 10 years we have worked on some of this country’s most challenging issues, often at the point where government, private and community interests intersect. Our experience covers areas ranging from industry development to emergency management to pandemic recovery to core economic growth and matters of Defence and Human Services.

Hans van Pelt

Hans has extensive public and private sector leadership experience, including recovery and  crisis management experience.

Hans is a strong decision maker and negotiator with significant strategy, communications and business development experience. 

Most recently Hans led, as CEO, Launceston Airport in a role that is also part of the Melbourne Airport Executive Leadership Team. Hans has twice held airline CEO leadership roles.

Hans van Pelt

Hans brings extensive aviation and tourism industry experience, including unique experience and strategies to grow and convert destination awareness, destination demand and destination attraction.

Hans has extensive knowledge on how senior government now operates and he has rare successful destination and visitor economy recovery experience. 

Through Affairs of State Hans is currently interim CEO of Melbourne based Battery Energy Storage System provider Zenaji Pty Ltd

Our Consultants

With me stands the real talent, our people and their hand-picked experience, who for over 20 years have time and again delivered effective, on-time and on budget Corporate, Government, Travel, Leadership, Issue Management & Public Affairs solutions.

We are based in Australia, we operate around the world.

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