People and networks



Wilton Hanford Hanover is a contemporary network business which collaborates with public agencies, professional associates, university partners, NGOs and corporates on complex projects.

Bruce Hanford
Executive director, MAICD

Bruce Hanford studied anthropology in the United States before emigrating to Australia.  He worked as a broadcaster, reporter, newspaper editor and market researcher before joining the Australian public service in 1983. In the APS he worked as a journalist, business analyst and campaign planner before joining the team that delivered regulatory and marketing support for international trade in education as it grew from $800 million to $15 billion per annum. The OECD commended the Australian strategic research program into education markets that Bruce established as the world benchmark.

As a young reporter, Bruce’s reporting on medical issues was commended by the Australian Medical Association. In a long partnership with his journalistic mentor, Evan Whitton, he investigated a range of public interest issues and published stories that helped persuade several State governments to establish judicial inquiries and Royal Commissions. Bruce has also writing credits in the music and the film industries, and has published in literary magazines such as Meanjin and Westerly. An excerpt from a novel he co-authored with the poet Bob Adamson appeared in an Oxford University Press anthology of Australian literature.

Bruce left the APS in 1997 to help Virginia start up WHH and build an integrated communications and publishing business portal to support Australian public diplomacy and consular services. This provided a platform for the firm’s subsequent support for public policy publishing.

Strategic consulting to universities led Bruce to collaborating in the design and delivery of tailored learning and change management programs for public agencies and corporates. That side of the practice has expanded considerably in recent years.

Bruce is an experienced public sector management consultant. He coaches team-based action learning linked to strategic planning, implementation and review; and works in heavyweight teams that support APS agencies that are implementing strategic change. He is accredited in psychometric and multi-rater feedback systems and is a trained conflict coach. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and serves on the Board of Examiners for the University of Melbourne Graduate Program in Scientific Leadership.

Bruce’s current focus is on WHH’s transition to a network company that uses cloud-based technologies and open, dynamic teaming systems to organise innovative projects and programs.

Virginia Wilton
Executive director; BA (ANU), Dip Ed (UPNG), MA, MPhil (Columbia), Accredited Editor (AE)

Virginia began her career as a languages scholar. She taught overseas and in Australia and served on educational boards and committees before taking a part-time job as managing editor of the Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration in the mid-1990s. Since starting up Wilton Hanford Hanover, Virginia has supported leaders in most federal portfolios in communicating as a publishing consultant and lead editor on high-profile reports.

Virginia contributes in the WHH consulting, learning and change management practice. She has collaborated in innovative applications of adult learning theory in public program communications; and in applying publishing expertise in tailored corporate learning, development and change management programs.

Virginia has played a key role in developing the community of practice that quality assures and publishes substantive government information, and in standard-setting and professional development and accreditation in this arena. She is a past president and an honorary life member of the Canberra Society of Editors. She  served as the inaugural chair of the council of the national Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). Her professional, academic and business networks underpin our firm’s capability and capacity to partner on complex, challenging assignments for the federal government. She was a finalist in the 2003 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and is actively involved in carer organisations.

Virginia’s current focus is on WHH’s business transition.


Active collaborations

WHH has worked with the University of Melbourne on a range of projects and programs since 1997, and continues as delivery partner of the Graduate Program in Scientific Leadership with the Defence Science and Technology Group.

We work closely with Jill Thompson and Ilona Triejs in design, delivery and evaluations of tailored learning and change programs; and in the coaching arena.

We often work in consortium with Upton Martin  Consulting  in leadership  development.

We are currently doing developmental work about digital support for collaborative action learning with SOPE Web Technologies.