Our Team

Hon Eric Ripper

Chairman

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Hon Eric Ripper AM

Chairman

Eric Ripper provides a valuable insight into government, politics and public policy in Western Australia.

Eric had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.

From 2001 to 2008 Eric was Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA, engaging in the reform of State taxes and government procurement, the implementation of competition policy; as well as overseeing the development and management of eight State budgets. Eric was also responsible for WA’s participation in recognising the native title rights of Aboriginal people.

As Energy Minister, he implemented a major electricity reform program, including a competitive electricity market, and in the State Development portfolio, Eric negotiated on large LNG and iron ore projects.

Eric was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia, for his service to the people and Parliament of WA, particularly for his work on budgetary reform, native title policy and energy sector developments.

He is the deputy chair of the WA Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Advisory Committee and is a non-executive director of the Fairbridge Festival. Eric regularly presents to the business and community sectors on WA and Australian public policy issues.

Jason Marocchi

Managing Director

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Jason Marocchi

Managing Director

Jason Marocchi was appointed Managing Director of GRA Everingham in February 2016 after playing an integral role in the growth of the business since joining in 2008. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm.

Jason has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues at a State and Federal level, working on numerous complex, controversial and high-profile matters.

He also provides specialist support to clients involved in government competitive processes, including procurement, major projects and outsourcing. Jason has advised several successful bids on some of Western Australia's biggest infrastructure projects and services contracts.

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a journalist, public relations consultant and senior political adviser. He worked as a senior media adviser for several State Liberal leaders in Western Australia and played key communications roles for the WA Liberal Party at several Federal and State elections.

Jason has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University in Perth. He is a board member of GRACosway, GRA Everingham's national partner, and the WA Sports Federation, the State's peak representative body for sport and recreation.

Paul Everingham

Founder and Director

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Paul Everingham

Founder and Director

Perth based founding Director Paul Everingham works with clients in a strategic manner across a wide range of sectors to assist in delivering commercial outcomes.

Paul has worked as Executive Director of the Liberal Party in Western Australia, as a Public Servant in Federal Treasury in Canberra, and as a Senior Adviser within the Federal Government in the Finance, Industry and Resources portfolios.

Prior to working in Government, Paul was an Associate with an international corporate advisory firm specialising in corporate recovery.

Paul is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Queensland with post-graduate qualifications in accounting and finance. Paul was a winner of the WA Business News ‘40 Under 40’ awards in 2010. Paul is a member of Young Presidents Organisation and a member of the WA Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee.

Amanda Reid

Director

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Amanda Reid

Director

Director Amanda Reid joined GRA Everingham in 2009 with a strong background in government relations and communications having worked as a senior advisor in State Government, for national government relations firms, as well as in corporate public relations.

Amanda is highly experienced in shaping and delivering outcomes for clients by utilising all aspects of business acumen including commercial, regulatory, political and community. She has worked with clients across a large cross-section of industry sectors in procurement, infrastructure projects, delivery of government projects and services, business-to-business facilitation; and policy and regulatory changes.

She has previously advised WA Labor Premier Geoff Gallop, former Health Minister and Attorney General Jim McGinty, as well as senior Federal Labor politicians including Dr Carmen Lawrence. She was responsible for managing a strategic communications unit in the Gallop Labor Government.

With a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Journalism and Politics from Curtin University, Amanda has also completed the AICD Company Directors Course.

She is board secretary of GRA Everingham as well as a board member of GRACosway, GRA Everingham's national partner. Amanda is board chair of Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, an independent WA public school offering courses in Years 11 and 12 to 16 year-old and older students. She is also a non-executive director of we the people, an independent board advocating for the people of East Metropolitan Perth, through research and human connections.

Patrick Fagan

Associate Director

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Patrick Fagan

Associate Director

Having worked as a Senior Adviser in the former Federal Labor Government's of Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, Patrick Fagan brings significant political and strategic experience to the GRA Everingham team.

Patrick has provided advice to government across a number of key portfolios, including energy, resources, ICT, the public sector, electoral policy and Northern Australia and was an adviser to former Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray AO.

Patrick has most recently worked as a government relations adviser to South32 and previously advised the Kimberley Development Commission on the Miriuwing Gajerrong Ord Enhancement Scheme. The scheme focussed on community development needs of the MG people in the areas of youth engagement, health, cultural preservation, education and housing. He was also a founding member of Timor Leste Vision, a NFP promoting rural education projects in Timor Leste.

Patrick holds a Master of Community Development from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and history) from the University of WA.

Tim Fettis

Associate

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Tim Fettis

Associate

As an Associate with GRA Everingham, Tim Fettis manages stakeholder issues, provides policy support to a wide range of clients and also leads the research effort for the team.

Most recently Tim worked as a trading assistant within Australia’s largest grain exporter, CBH Group, building relationships with key clients in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He also has a strong understanding of communications and public affairs having completed internships with WA Business News , the Office of the US Consulate General in Perth and for an Energy price reporting and news service based in London.

Tim has also spent time honing his political knowledge and skills in the office of a WA Federal Member of Parliament.

Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Studies and a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism, both from Murdoch University. He is currently completing a Master of International Relations at the University of WA.

Kareece van der Woude

Associate Director

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Kareece van der Woude

Office Manager & Administration Support

Kareece van der Woude leads the office administrative team within GRA Everingham.

Kareece has extensive senior experience working within professional service firms, providing high quality office management, client support and assistance to executive staff.

Prior to working with GRA Everingham, Kareece was an Executive Assistant to multiple senior partners at a global service firm, with a focus on several sectors including government. Kareece has studied European languages and administration.