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 voluntary and community activities and campaigns. This has influenced, to some extent, the range of areas of interest, and ensured our business has aligned itself strongly with Mr Urquhart’s sense of 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 based on on-going participation in many industry associations and discussions impacting on issues affecting our clients in Australasia, Europe and America.

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 gained through the COVID-19 period

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

Hans van Pelt

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

Hans brings an extensive aviation and tourism industry contact network, Hans has extensive knowledge on how senior government now operates and he has rare successful destination and visitor economy recovery experience. 

Michael Holzer

Michael is a highly qualified Governance and Assurance consultant operating at a program and whole of business level.

Michael has an extensive track record in digital transformation and innovation across many projects in the public and private sectors.

Michael has 25 years industry experience working domestically and international for large Australianand International organisations.

Highly relevant, Michael has delivered, managed and designed a number of high profile, highly effective digital transformation projects and Michael is at the forefront of the implementation of cashless society and voucher solutions. 

Michael was Head of Professional Services of Strategic Executive Solutions for nearly 10 years, he has secured a range of Digital and Cloud Market place restricted government procurement approvals and has oversight of all our Digital Transformation project work.

Our Consultants

With us stands the real talent, our people who for over 20 years have time and again delivered effective, on-time and on budget ICT & Public Affairs solutions.

They are based and operate around Australia and around the world.

Our Offices


Level 3, 68-70 St John Street, Launceston, TAS 7250


181 Victoria Road, Chirnside Park VIC 3116


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