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"It was a pleasure working with the girls from The Punch Group. Their professionalism and commitment to the project contributed to a great ‘welcome to the Gold Coast’ event for the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay."

Tamara Morris
, Manager Community Relations

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

"Karen provides her clients with an impressive skill set to get the job done.

As a Corporate Affairs Manager I often find myself time poor when tackling large projects, whilst at the same time feeling reluctant to engage a consultant.

The Punch Group has set a new benchmark in PR/Marketing consultancy, taking the time to understand your business objectives and immersing themselves in the project at hand.

If you’re looking for a consultancy that pride themselves on professionalism, creativity and attention to detail look no further than The Punch Group."

Melissa Pearce
, Manager Corporate Affairs
Queensland Airports Limited

“Recently I was engaged by the Wagner Group as an ambassador for their then under construction Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.  As a result, I had cause to work extensively with The Punch Group who were engaged to undertake public relations and other roles related to the project. 

At all times Karen was professional, cordial, punctual and an absolute pleasure to work with.  

As a result of the work I perform in various public forums, I have cause to work with a great many organisations performing similar roles to The Punch Group and I can categorically say that they are among the best I have worked with.  Were I ever “on the other side of the fence” I would have absolutely no hesitation in engaging them.

Above all of that, they are pleasant friendly people who genuinely care about achieving the best results for their clients.”

Shane Webcke
Australian football champion and Seven News presenter


"I was introduced to Karen from The Punch Group through my ambassador role with Wellcamp Airport.

From my first meeting with them I was so impressed with her professionalism, organisation and attention to detail.  Above all we have a wonderful working relationship which reflects through any job they are taking on.

Their friendliness is second to none and I would strongly encourage you to consider The Punch Group for all of your PR requirements."

Laura Geitz, Captain of the Australian women’s netball team
The Diamonds and the Queensland Firebirds

“I'm pleased to endorse Karen McKinley her new venture, The Punch Group. Karen is a highly-regarded professional in the media industry and I've had a long association with her, from my days working with Karen on the Gold Coast Bulletin - and later as a public relations practitioner. Karen has a strong flair for creative and effective media and public relations, as well as excellent relationships and contacts within the industry. I would not hesitate to recommend Karen to your company.”

Greg StolzGold, Coast Bureau Chief
The Courier Mail/Sunday Mail  

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Karen McKinley for more than 10 years. 

I worked closely with Karen when she was a freelance news reporter at Nine’s Gold Coast Bureau.

Karen is very professional, creative, friendly and easy to work with and have a particularly flair for engaging with people from all walks of life.

With a strong focus on the tourism and special events sector, I have no hesitation in recommending The Punch Group for any corporate affairs and communication needs.

Karen is  highly regarded in the media industry and always goes above and beyond for her clients."

Natalie Gruzlewski, Television Presenter (Nine Network)


Karen's approach is everything to do with professionalism, style, grace and intelligence. She possesses an innate ability to communicate effectively, warmly and easily with people from all walks of life, and conduct's herself with honesty and integrity. She is articulate and skilled at not only developing a client’s message, but importantly at conveying that message in a way the media will respond to. With her impeccable presentation and media-savvy business skills, Karen will no doubt deliver knockout results for her clients.”

Rachael Jansen,Journalist and former Chief Of Staff
The Gold Coast Bulletin