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Meet the team
The WAGO European office

John Atkins
Agent General

john.atkins@wago.co.uk

As the Government of Western Australia’s representative throughout Europe, John is responsible for raising awareness of the State and promoting trade and investment. John’s role is to raise the profile and knowledge throughout Europe of Western Australia as an investment destination and as a source of high quality products and expertise. To this end, key objectives include; expanding the awareness of and the market penetration for a range of Western Australian commodities, manufactured goods and services; encouraging further European investment in the Western Australian economy; promoting infrastructure investment and technology, education, innovation and scientific exchange; and promoting the immigration of businesses and skilled people to Western Australia to meet the needs of a strongly growing economy.

Sally Janssen
Executive Assistant to the Agent General
Business Development Officer - Agriculture, Food and Beverage

sally@wago.co.uk

Sally, originally from regional Western Australia, has been working for the European Office since 1996.  She is responsible for the promotion of Western Australia’s wine and food exports. She has recently acquired a WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits (WCF) and is working with producers to help introduce their products to UK and European markets. Sally is also responsible for managing administration for the Agent General and coordinating official visits and events on behalf of the office.

Stuart Russell
Senior Trade and Investment Manager
Industry and Resources, Oil and Gas, Defence, Infrastructure

stuart@wago.co.uk

Stuart was born in the UK, but spent many of his formative years in Australia before returning to the UK and joining the Government’s London office. His primary role is to promote Western Australia’s profile in UK and European markets, with particular emphasis on investment attraction and business development in the minerals, resources, energy, manufacturing and defence sectors. 

 

Jarrod Ferguson
Trade and Investment Manager

Science, Innovation and Technology
jarrod@wago.co.uk

Jarrod joined the European office in 2011 and has a background and qualifications in government and marketing. Jarrod promotes investment opportunities in Western Australia through raising awareness of Western Australia’s capabilities in science, technology and innovation. Jarrod assists Western Australian companies achieve their trade objectives in Europe. He also facilitates greater collaboration between Western Australian and European universities and research bodies.

Charlotta Andresson
Trade and Investment Manager
Communications
charlotta@wago.co.uk

Charlotta joined the European Office in January 2017. Originally from Sweden, Charlotta lived in Western Australia for 7 years prior to moving to London mid-2016. Charlotta has a Masters degree in Media and Communications from Uppsala University and worked most recently as an editor for a mining, energy and infrastructure publication at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. Her role at the Government of Western Australia's European Office is to provide marketing and communications support to the office with the emphasis on promoting trade and investment opportunities in WA  across all portfolios.

Karen Prosser
Senior Program Officer International Workforce Supply Bureau, UK Office

health@wago.co.uk

Karen is the Department of Health – Western Australia’s representative in the UK.  With a background in human resources, Karen has worked within the WA Government since 1995 and has been with the International Workforce Supply Bureau since 2011.  Her role is to source health professionals from the UK and Ireland for the Government health services in WA and provide advice about opportunities in WA, registration and visa sponsorship.

Michael Carstens, Office Manager
michael@wago.co.uk

Michael is locally employed and joined the Agent General’s Office, London, in July 2017. After 12 years with Mercedes Benz Michael has gained a wealth of knowledge in administration and finance. His role as Office Manager overseas the administrative and financial requirements of the European Office.

Debbie Winfield, Secretary 
debbie@wago.co.uk

Debbie is locally employed and has been with the Agent General’s Office in London since 1988. She joined the office with more than six years administration and secretarial experience. Her role as secretary at the European Office includes assisting the administration department and supporting  the office at events and functions.