Established in 2004, HotHouse Media & Events is a Melbourne based Public Relations and Event agency specialising in the industries of food and beverage, lifestyle, fashion, property, art, design and entertainment.

With our experienced team of PR, publicity and event professionals, we provide expert direction, made-to-measure strategies and genuine relationships with media industry contacts to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.


JOHN FLOWER (Founder and Director)

The mix of experience, dynamism, passion and innovation within our team is second to none. John Flower, Director, has impeccable credentials in the culinary, fashion and events sectors having owned seminal Melbourne eateries in the 80s and 90s and as a public face, for the media, at Australian Fashion Week for over a decade.

Like many HotHouse staff, John has lived and worked in both Sydney and Melbourne and counts senior editorial staff throughout the country as trusted friends.



Fellow Director, Michelle Shepherd, returned to Australia in 2003 after 11-years in the competitive UK PR and magazine industry. Michelle’s experience in the UK spanned fashion and lifestyle brands, both local and international.

On her return to Australia, Michelle spent time at  Spin Communications and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia before joining John at HotHouse in 2004.  Michelle loves searching for the unique qualities in every client and her experience, ingenuity and ‘can do’ approach combine to create fresh, effective strategies and campaigns.


KATIE QUIRK (Senior Account Manager)

After graduating from Monash University with an Arts Degree in Journalism/Behavioural Studies, Katie kicked off her PR career in California where she worked for two years before moving back to her beloved Melbourne in 2012.

Since entering the world of PR, Katie has gained extensive experience working across both B2C and B2B accounts, managing campaigns for clients in the healthcare, legal, not-for-profit, automotive, construction, property, personal finance, consumer, retail and lifestyle industries among others.


COREY CROFT (Event Manager)

With over a decade of events and management experience, Corey knows what it takes to create a memorable event that engages consumers and media alike. Corey has international experience working with the M Group as Operations Manager at the iconic Glamour Bar in Shanghai, China where he managed prestigious events including the Shanghai International Literary Festival.

Locally, Corey has produced events for high profile clients such as Far East Consortium, Debenhams Australia and Sanpellegrino. Corey brings innovative solutions to event production along with a strong understanding of sponsorship and social media management.


TESS FISHER (Account Manager)

When Tess graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor of Professional Communication at RMIT University, she had already spent two years at a top Melbourne boutique fashion and events PR agency.

Later moving to an in-house publicity role at Target Australia, Tess is familiar with both tailored local campaigns and large scale national events. This unique blend of in-house and agency experience makes Tess a valuable addition to the HotHouse team.

Tess prides herself on her flexibility and creativity whether it be for social media, media pitching or event management.


MAREE STARK (Finance and Human Resources)

Maree has been part of the HotHouse team since the company’s inception in 2004. With a long standing career in media and PR finance, Maree is an invaluable part of the HotHouse team.