Lyall Mercer is widely regarded across Australasia as a leader in corporate public relations, reputation and issues management, and crisis communications.

After starting his media career as a journalist writing for some of Australia’s leading newspapers, he transitioned into public relations. Over the past 25 years Lyall has worked, and continues to deal, with clients and media on every continent.

His clients include national and international companies and organisations, governments, senior executives, politicians, celebrities and sporting figures. He has coordinated international media conferences and walked clients though issues that have generated intense national and global media exposure including serious allegations, political controversies, social issues, sporting and celebrity “scandals”, industrial relations issues, royal commissions and high profile legal cases. Lyall has also trained corporate and non-profit leaders across Australia, the USA and Canada in media and communications.

Lyall has been a keynote speaker and presenter at corporate, industry and faith-based conferences across Australia and the USA, and as an expert commentator in the area of crisis communications, has been quoted or interviewed by news organisations from around the world.

Specialty areas


Crisis communications
  • Crisis communications strategy
  • Crisis Prevention Consultancy
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Crisis Communications Planning
  • Crisis Communications Coordination
Corporate communications & public relations
  • Internal and external stakeholder
  • Media relations
  • Reputation and issues management
Faith-based communications
  • Christian ministries, churches and organisations
  • Christian schools
  • Crisis communication planning and coordination