Raphael Hilbron

Managing Partner


Raphael is the New Zealand Managing Partner and head of our energy and resources practice. He advises a range of clients including CentrePort, Beach Energy, and Equinor.

An internationally recognised communications practitioner, Raphael helps clients to successfully manage their reputations

Before joining SenateSHJ as an Associate Partner in 2008, Raphael was head of corporate responsibility at Vodafone New Zealand, and was seconded to Vodafone’s global business in the UK for two years.

A former journalist, Raphael worked for The Dominion newspaper and in various public sector roles before moving into politics where he worked as a press secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Raphael holds Law and Arts degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a New Zealand Certificate in Journalism.

SenateSHJ value Grounded

"Providing practical, common sense advice to clients is my main focus, particularly in high pressure situations.”