R&A Strategic Communications (R&A) is a communications consultancy niched in the natural resources sector – mainly mining.
Over the past 18 years, R&A (formerly Russell and Associates Investor Relations) has grown into a leading southern African communications agency, with more than 50 clients – big and small, listed and unlisted.
Russell and Associates Investor Relations was established in May 1999 by Charmane Russell. Having spent more than a decade in a corporate communications environment, Charmane was well-positioned to establish an agency providing superior service, with a personalised touch. Over the years, Charmane has been joined by former colleagues and associates, also drawn from the corporate sector and has combined an expert team with enviable experience and expertise, with young, energetic and highly-competent communications professionals.
In early 2017, Russell and Associates entered into an agreement with senior colleague and head of our Digital Media Studio, Kisten Stern, through which Kisten and a newly-formed women's education trust would acquire a 26% interest in the business.
R&A's approach is holistic, and can broadly be segmented into:
• Reputation management
• Financial and sustainability reporting
• Human rights practice
Centrally located in northern Johannesburg, South Africa, R&A has a network of contacts in New York, London, Sydney and Perth and is able to provide access to international expertise and a global audience.