Josh Stengert makes B&T’s ’30 Under 30′ for 2023

Joe Stengert

Elevate Communication is proud to announce that its Corporate Communications Director Josh Stengert has been identified as one of the top three PR practitioners in Australia. 

Shortlisted for the B&T’s prestigious 30 Under 30 list in early March, Josh was announced as part of the final official list at a function in Sydney on March 29. 

In his profile B&T team noted that if Josh ‘continues at his current rate of progression, he’ll be prime minister by the time he is 30’.     

Having risen through the ranks at Elevate, from Communications Executive to Corporate Communications Director in just four years, Josh is the first Elevate team member to achieve this. 

“It certainly is a real honour to be named among such an incredible line-up of practitioners from all over Australia – many I’ve had the privilege to meet along the way,” he said. 

“I’m fortunate to be part of a pretty incredible team, which has supported me from day one at Elevate and taught me a lot,” Josh added. 

Elevate Communication Managing Director Mel Deacon has seen her agency go from strength to strength during the past 15 years, and with a vision that extends well beyond the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, she couldn’t be happier with Josh’s achievement. 

“Josh has been an integral member of the Elevate team since joining us and I have had the privilege to watch him grow and develop into the consummate professional he is today,” Mrs Deacon said, acknowledging that B&T had received record submissions this year.  

The 26-year-old Brisbane practitioner is no stranger to industry acknowledgement having won Gold at the PRIA Emerging Leaders Awards in 2021, fast establishing himself as a rising talent, one who is consistently achieving great things for his portfolio of high-profile clients. 

The official list, which is made up of three people from each of the 10 categories across marketing, advertising, PR was announced at a function at The Ivy.  

This latest Elevate Communication achievement on from the agency’s nomination for the 2022 Australian Financial Review Best Places to Work awards.  

Elevate has been a consistent performer in the marketing and communications space, locally and nationally since 2007. For more detail about Elevate Communication head to to 

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  • Elevate was awarded the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA)’s Small Agency of the Year consecutively in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Agency Team of the Year in 2020 and 2021.  
  • Founder Mel Deacon is the current PRIA Queensland President and non-executive director. 
  • Elevate is a full-service communication agency based in Brisbane, offering comprehensive expertise to clients in the private, public and not for profit sectors. 


Melinda Healy 

Brand Communications Specialist 

0497 250 083 

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