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College Hill Launches New Office in Melbourne, Australia

College Hill Launches New Office in Melbourne, Australia

4 June 2012, London, Sydney, Melbourne: On the back of its success in emerging business growth in Australia, College Hill, the international business communications consultancy within the College Group is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Melbourne. The office will be headed by Senior Consultant, Dr Douglas Pretsell, who moved to Melbourne in February this year, and is co-located within the offices of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund and College Hill client and leading Australian life science venture investor, Brandon Capital, at 278 Collins Street in the very heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District.

College Hill began its expansion in Australia in 2010. Its initial business focus is on serving the flourishing life sciences industry in Australia, with Sue Charles, Managing Partner of College Hill Life Sciences based part-time in Sydney, as well as London.

Dr Pretsell, Melbourne office head, has over 15 years’ experience in life science communications and is experienced across corporate, financial and product communications working with listed and private company clients. Formerly he was General Manager of the Company’s Munich office, where he built up a sizeable portfolio of clients from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and prior to that based in London. He offers clients a depth of experience in communications strategy and implementation together with a solid understanding of science, having gained a PhD from the University of Cambridge and during a post-doctoral research fellowship at Edinburgh University.

"Melbourne provides a great base from which to grow business in Australia’s largest life science region", said Sue Charles, Managing Partner, College Hill Life Sciences. "I am confident that Douglas’s skills and expertise will be well received, and that we will quickly become an active and flourishing part of the Victorian biotech community", she added.

"It’s great to welcome Douglas to our community of life science companies that share our office in Collins Street. We have known College Hill for some time and have been impressed by their international communications reach and sector knowledge, indeed we are a signed-up client!", said Dr Chris Nave, Principal Executive of the MRCF and Founding Partner of Brandon Capital.

For further information:
Sue Charles, Managing Partner
UK: +44 (0)20 7457 2020/ +44 (0)7968 726 585
Australia: +61 (0)457 924 218
sue.charles[at]collegehill.com

Dr Douglas Pretsell, Senior Consultant
Australia: +61 (0)3 9657 0706/ +61 (0)466 925 966
douglas.pretsell[at]collegehill.com

Office address: Level 9, 278 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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