Stefanee Lovett – Managing Director
Stefanee is highly experienced, working in both the public and private sectors across a range of stakeholders and organisations in Canberra. Having worked as both a senior political staffer and public servant, Stefanee understands the importance of engaging with both government and the public sector to achieve policy outcomes, and assists businesses to navigate this often challenging process.
In her most recent role, Stefanee assisted clients on government relations, corporate advisory, regulatory and compliance strategy, business-related approvals and procurement challenges with the Federal Government. In this role she worked with clients across a range of sectors including: ICT, Health, Resources, Automotive, Community/NGO, Agriculture and Financial Services.
Prior to this, Stefanee served at the highest levels within the federal government, most recently as a Senior Adviser to the former Prime Minister, with responsibility for the Communications, Industry and Science, Competition Policy and Small Business portfolios. In this role, she was also responsible for coordinating and providing strategic and policy advice on innovation, entrepreneurship and start-ups across various government portfolios. Stefanee also served as Chief of Staff to then Minister for Small Business, The Hon Bruce Billson MP, recognised as one of the most successful Ministers and passionate advocates in the Coalition government. As Chief of Staff, Stefanee led the office to support the Minister and Government across Small Business, Competition and Consumer Policy, including through a number of challenging policy environments such as the Harper Competition Policy Review and aspects of the Financial Services Inquiry that impacted on small business.
Stefanee is also highly experienced in the industry association sectors in policy, legal affairs and lobbying. She worked as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) working across a diverse membership base with broad based member organisations such as the NRMA, RACV and RACQ etc., coordinating bipartisan policy and advocacy to both internal and external stakeholders. She was also Director of Legal Affairs and General Counsel of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), whose members included companies such as Holden, Ford, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Toyota, with a focus on manufacturing, importing and market access issues.
At the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Stefanee worked with the regulator in a number of roles. She led large enforcement teams, investigating and litigating breaches of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (now the Competition and Consumer Act 2010). Some of these legal cases were amongst the highest profile court cases at the time. She also previously led International Affairs for the ACCC, developing partnerships and relationships with regulators in other countries for Australia and facilitating capacity building in emerging economies in the region.
Stefanee was educated at the Australian National University and University of Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Economics, a Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Master of Laws (specialising in Government and Commercial Law).