Cheryl Cartwright


Cheryl Cartwright

Office: +61 2 6108 4535

Mobile: +61 419 996 066


Cheryl Cartwright has a forensic knowledge of the political and bureaucratic systems developed during three decades working in politics and public advocacy.

She has built extensive experience as the CEO of a national industry organisation and Cabinet Minister’s chief of staff, following a diverse media career including in the Canberra press gallery covering politics, where she worked in print, radio and television.

In the Howard Government she was a senior media adviser, and Chief of Staff to the Agriculture Minister, following which she was national CEO for a decade for the gas transmission industry association.

Her Federal election campaign experience since 1983 includes a range of roles as a media manager, reporter and analyst – on the ground in Queensland, on the campaign trail and in the Coalition Parties’ campaign headquarters.

Cheryl understands how to influence policy change and implementation having worked in her numerous roles with Ministers, staff, MPs, and in Opposition.

She has experience in a range of policy areas and strategic processes, including agriculture, customs, consumer affairs, natural gas and energy, infrastructure, social licence issues, business culture, stakeholder relations, strategic advocacy, crisis management and public engagement. She brings this experience to her advice and guidance on government relations and negotiation.

Cheryl has first-hand experience in governance and board processes through her non-executive board roles in aviation safety, veterans affairs, the arts and community services, and through her experience as Australia’s representative on the International Gas Union’s Executive Committee.

Cheryl is able to provide a strategic understanding of the machinations of Canberra politics, bureaucracy and national policy development. She has a big-picture, forward-thinking approach, challenges the status quo and is results oriented. She can quickly identify and understand complex issues, which is critical in mediation and negotiation, as well as crisis management.

Barton Deakin Briefs

Barton Deakin Brief: 2021-22 Budget Analysis

Download PDF