New appointments strengthen the 89 Degrees East Canberra team

Leanne and Alison

National data, strategy and delivery agency 89 Degrees East has boosted its policy and media capability, appointing veteran political journalist Alison Carabine and leading healthcare expert Leanne Wells to its team.

Wells brings more than 30 years of experience in health and social service strategy and policy, spanning the government and non-government sectors. She was previously CEO of the nation’s leading voice for healthcare consumers, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. 

Carabine joins 89 Degrees East after a 30 year career in journalism, covering Victorian and Federal politics. She was the long serving Canberra Bureau Chief for the Fairfax Radio Network (2UE/3AW) in the federal parliamentary press gallery, before working for more than a decade as Political Editor on the ABC’s flagship news and current affairs program, Radio National Breakfast.

The latest appointments follow the expansion of 89 Degrees East’s research capabilities, with the appointment of leading social researcher Dr Rebecca Huntley as Research Director last month.

CEO Alister Jordan said the new appointments further strengthen our ability at 89 Degrees East to design, develop and deliver effective, strategic and impactful solutions for our clients.

“Leanne and Alison are both highly experienced, trusted professionals, with significant expert knowledge and strong relationships. We are delighted to welcome them both to the 89 Degrees East team,” Jordan said.

With over 40 team members across offices in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, 89 Degrees East has a portfolio of clients, including state and federal government departments, multinational organisations, ASX 100 companies and not-for-profit organisations.

89 Degrees East specialises in strategic advice, policy, communications, stakeholder engagement, awareness campaigns, digital strategy and design.

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