About The Lucky General…

Choosing someone to lead his troops into battle, Napoleon reportedly asked… “I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?”

Laurie Patton provides advice and assistance on marketing and communications, business development, stakeholder and community engagement, and government relations.

Now active in the not-for-profit sector, Laurie’s recent roles include Executive Director / CEO of Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, where he became known for his advocacy for #BetterBroadband.

Laurie is a former journalist and media executive – managing Seven Sydney, then the largest television station in the country, and Seven Queensland, which he took from the perennial number two spot to become the highest rating regional network. He created the World Movies pay-television channel and was inaugural CEO of community station TVS (Television Sydney).

Laurie was a reporter and producer for each of the three commercial television networks. He was the first dedicated finance reporter on commercial television news, worked in Seven’s Canberra bureau, and later became Seven’s executive in charge of news and current affairs.

Following university and a stint as a federal public servant, Laurie became an advisor to NSW Attorney-General and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Frank Walker.

He was more recently a special advisor to communications minister Stephen Conroy, on whose behalf he negotiated for SBS to manage the National Indigenous Television channel – having been a member of an expert panel for a review of the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector.

Laurie has held for-profit and not-for-profit board roles, including Sky News, the Heart Foundation, and the NSW Film & Television Office. As deputy chair of the FTO Laurie led the first official Australian delegation to the Shanghai Film Festival and initiated negotiations leading to an Australia-China film co-production agreement.

Laurie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

An accomplished MC and conference facilitator, Laurie has undertaken engagements throughout Australia and New Zealand.

“When the generals talk you better listen to him!”… MIDNIGHT OIL