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Co-Founder & Managing Director
Lindsay was once fired from a magazine, perhaps because her communication skills extend far beyond a glossy page. In fact, she knows the phonetic and fingerspelling alphabets, is an absurdly fast typer, and always up for slightly inappropriate banter.
We mean the kind of banter that makes Lindsay laugh so uproariously that everyone in the studio stops what they’re doing to look over their monitors in astonished silence. We think it must be the same laugh that won over her imaginary friends Ali and Ixox when she was younger (it sure explains a lot).
Co-Founder & Creative Director
With a bunch of time on ‘client side’, Tristan knew it was time to give full-time content creation a red hot go. He’s a lover of getting down to it, making a way and solving problems. Tris is all about creating cool stuff; written, typography inspired, hand drawn, painted or shot, he’s got the eye.
An early riser, soy flat white drinker and golf extraordinaire. Tris believes ideas come in many forms and that’s the complexity of our weird and wonderful brains.
When Philippa started her career in advertising she first worked with Nestle. She’s never gotten over her love of chocolate. First love runs deep.
To rival her love of chocolate is a love of France. Francophile. This Francophile appreciates saucisson, vineyards, the French language and (happily for us) putting together a cheeseboard par excellence. While an obvious bon vivant, she’s always up for a challenge. She’s jumped out of a plane, jumped off a waterfall, swung over the Nevis canyon and climbed a live volcano… all even though she’s terrified of heights. She has also run a casual marathon on the Great Wall of China (a place not known for its running-friendly surface). It seems the one challenge she hasn’t confronted was her childhood aspiration to be a DJ, which she “luckily” grew out of. But it’s turned her into the 80s pop trivia master that she is today.
Senior Account Director
Not a morning person. But more of a person post-coffee. This describes Christina, but somehow it speaks for us all. After studying design and photography at uni Christina realised she could use both sides of her brain in advertising — and immediately enrolled in a masters. But she has useless talents too. She names reciting the alphabet in Italian and in sign language as talents that will not get her far in life.
Terrified of needles, she’s tried hypnosis to erase the fear — and now she doesn’t pass out when she’s getting jabbed in the arm. She still hates needles though. She is, however, a lover of gin, bad dad jokes and quoting a wide range of movies and television shows. At least after a coffee she is.
Alright Harry Potter-heads, you’ll want to meet David. He very nearly became Draco Malfoy for the films. He ended up as Tom Felton’s understudy for the first movie. Ultimately, he’s glad he didn’t get the role. (Probably because bleaching your hair for a decade to play a fictional teenage wizard is a big commitment.)
Armed with a philosophy degree, he’s got a head for complex logic and critical argument. We can see how that translated into becoming the head chef at an antipodean club in London after uni. But perhaps that job didn’t satisfy the performer in him. He’s part of an improv group and has performed at Sydney Fringe. Although, in his attempts at stand-up comedy he’s been booed off stage more often than he’s been laughed at. But he makes up for it with his enthusiasm for playing squash, wearing Tevas and drinking Guinness (perhaps not all at once).
Senior Finance Manager
Lucy is from a big family and a small town. But if you were alive in Australia in the early naughts, you’ll know of this town… Lucy is from the “very exotic” Shropshire. She originally came to Australia for a six month holiday but that was six years ago and she hasn’t made plans to leave. She’s worked in waste management, transport and property but after three and a half years in an agency knew that this was the right industry for her. Lucy is most annoyed by slow walkers and loves any meal she doesn’t have to cook. Or that comes with a wine. Better make it both.
Associate Creative Director
Jenny would like it to be known that although she’s no descendant of the great Lennon himself, she is indeed musically talented (at playing the Rugrats theme tune on piano). Playing piano isn’t the only thing Jenny does expertly. She once lived in a tent for six months backpacking around the world, and now has packing down to a fine art. Which is coincidentally what she chose to study in her career. Art that is — much to the horrified faces of both accounting parents. Luckily she has John Lennon’s royalties to fall back on should things ever go awry.
Senior Traffic/Project Manager
Firstly, we know you’re all thinking it, so we’ll address it up front. No, Traci Chapman does not have a fast car. But what she doesn’t have in wheels, she makes up on the basketball court with her very fast legs. Traci is an avid (albeit lapsed) basketball player, kitchen-knife aficionado and holiday-maker, having travelled and lived all over the world from Vancouver to Thailand. Digging deeper, we found Traci has also been to Ireland, where, unlike Mark, she has landed twice, but never left the airport. We suspect she was there to catch a very fast plane.
The first thing to know about Charlie is that his dog is about 65% of his personality. The second, Charlie is half-deaf on one side, so legally can never be accused of ignoring anyone. Although frustratingly for him, this particular ailment doesn’t stretch as far as an extra parking sticker.
Other trivial points include a small obsession with seaweed, likely an internalised after-effect of his youth spent roaming Scottish beaches. And that he holds football coaching qualifications. Which in no discernible way helps his writing, but does mean he excels at laying out delightful cone displays.
More pertinently, an early school report notes that “Charles is a most able young dancer.” – You have been warned.
Natalie prefers dogs to people. We know this is true because whenever we go out for lunch or drinks we’ll invariably turn around to find that Nat has somehow coaxed a dog into her arms. Luckily she has her own staffy to shower adoration on: his name is Percy – or Percival if he’s being naughty.
Nat travels for food and has had the very distinct pleasure of eating both tarantula and starfish. (She turned down the sheep’s appendage though.) It has been verified that she makes a mean chocolate meringue almond torte.
Senior Camera Operator & Editor
Shea (pronounced like shea butter, not shay-ah as Tristan discovered on day one) spent a lot of time in Asia shooting fast cars and luxury brands and joined our team to capture and release killer shots. An avid lover of James Bond books as well as the movies, he enjoys the fast pace and vicariously living a scandalous lifestyle.
Between the hours of 12-2am you’ll probably find Shea with a breakfast burrito in hand, because yolo, he believes you can enjoy a breakfast burrito at any time of the day.
Spelt ‘Drou,’ pronounced ‘Drew,’ short for ‘Androulla,’ baptised as ‘Andrianna.’ Drou’s topsy-turvy naming conventions foreshadowed a lifetime of zany misadventures with equally far-reaching, confusing consequences. At the age of 8 or 9, she experienced a catastrophic food-poisoning incident courtesy of what she reasonably assumed to be a benign Filet-O-Fish.
As a result, she now suffers from an acute tomato sauce phobia and would prefer it if this vulnerable information is not circulated to her friends and co-workers or indeed via an extremely public work bio. However, this early brush with certain death has clearly imbued her with a fearless spirit: Drou has bungee jumped in Zimbabwe, sky-dived in South Africa, hiked for three weeks in the Himalayas and once sailed a hand-built wooden raft down the Amazon for a week in Bolivia.
Ok so we’re not going to dance around it. We did it guys. Chello now has a Chelo. This is a moment. But it’s not the first time Chelo has gone the extra mile for work; once fitting herself inside a suitcase for an agency talent show. Which also happens to be the perfect visual metaphor for this self-proclaimed extrovert with social anxiety. But if you come to her with your own life problem, expect her prescription to involve a combination of yoga and water. One watch out for the team however, Chelo will absolutely judge you on how you cook your rice — see you all in the kitchen.
And there you have it, a cheeky Chelo for Chello. Nominative determinism finally delivers!
If spiders terrify you with their insistence on being present in your company, Ceri is the person to call on so that said spider can be released into a vicinity that is not your own. This makes her an asset in an office, and Australia more generally. Yet her first eighteen years of life were spent in small English towns – and London, where she hit the books at Central Saint Martins. With a fascination for the odd and macabre, her weakness is haunted houses.
She is unable to pass one without daring to enter, which may prove inconvenient at times. She is a proud parent to two rabbits, Ballet Slippers and Captain Willard.
Becky has two older sisters, 37 cousins and 17 aunts and uncles. Family get togethers must be frantic. And possibly the reason that Becky can eat three times her body weight at twice the advisable speed. This often results in a bout of hiccups so if you’ve got a weird hiccup cure we’ve got just the person to verify its effectiveness.
Having danced for eleven years she is r-e-a-d-y for any costume party that requires sequins, sparkles and feathers. She has paraglided off the Alps but remains terrified of heights.
Bec eats popcorn most days. Usually with chocolate. Another intriguing fact is that after working in marketing for five years, she studied graphic design and switched to the dark arts of creative. Bec waved goodbye to the rolling hills of Sweden three years ago to make her dream of living on the beach come true. And now it has. In fact, if you can’t find her, she’s probably on the sand with a book or in a yoga studio.
She claims to be the world’s slowest eater which makes her a terrible person to share food with. Or a great one, depending on how aggressively you pick off other people’s plates?
When asking her loved ones for weird facts about her for this very bio, someone responded to Lauren, “You’re from Armidale”. Rude! But also…? Kinda funny.
In Armidale, she rode horses, competing in dressage and hack. (We’ll save you the Google: hacking is a kind of competitive horse presentation.) A chronic binger of Netflix, she’ll cross over into free-to-air if it involves anything MasterChef. Lauren also happens to love a cheese platter… We don’t hire cheese lovers on purpose, they just end up here somehow.
Junior Motion Designer & Illustrator
Did you know there are 196 countries in the United Nations? Well, Issy does. And she can recite them by heart in under six minutes (she’s working on reducing that down to five, because, you know, underachiever over here). Issy also has two (metaphorical) stomachs, her main course stomach and her dessert stomach, because her sweet tooth is really something to behold. But it’s not the only sweet thing about her. She’s also a major foreign film aficionado, anything from Iranian dramas to Soviet cinema, both of which, incidentally, are on the UN list.
Hailing from Bathurst, Noah is a staunch advocate for his home town. Apparently, there’s more to it than Mount Panorama, though no decent footy teams it seems, as Noah is a devoted Manly Sea Eagles supporter, habitually watching most games twice.
This familiarity didn’t help him however, when he bottled the chance to meet Manly star Tom Trbojevic in person — we’ve all been there bud.
He can find his words though when it comes to reciting movie lines; Star Wars and Lord of the Rings in particular. And boasts Spanish prowess in telling the time. Just approach gently when enquiring, as this charming chap scares easily, even at the call of his own name apparently — one to bear in mind.
Senior Editorial Photographer
Say hello to James, photographer and human database of great places to eat and drink. This makes him useful on far-flung shoots, apart from his ability to take natural, modern images that evoke the personality of his subjects.
He’s snapped for big brands and big names like, well… ever heard of this guy, Barack Obama? Yeah, he sounds vaguely familiar to us too. James loves lifting weights but if he’s not working you’ll likely find him in the ocean.
Despite her passion for all things’ photography related – Rowena is not a fan of Nickelback’s ‘Photograph’. But then again, nobody is. She does however enjoy The Cure’s ‘Pictures Of You’ and ‘Hey Man Nice Shot’ by Filter.
Rowena’s fascination with photography started when she saw her grandfathers wartime photographs of his time riding camels in Egypt – and has gone on to be published by titles such as The New York Home Observer and Cosmopolitan Bride. We often like to ask Rowena to look at our photographs…because every time we do it makes us laugh
Gary shows all the grey hairs of a long career designing consumer and brand experiences for leading brands across UK, Europe, and APAC. As a strategist, he has won numerous local and global awards across multiple disciplines and is an expert with post-it notes.
In stark contrast, he’s never won anything in his hobbies of cycling, surfing and swimming. All of which he describes himself as enthusiastic but ultimately untalented. Originally from England, he now lives on the Northern Beaches with his two daughters and a cat (called Dave).
Consultant Senior Copywriter
Do you have a pop cultural memory that cannot be Googled? Celina’s is a Gregorian chant version of ‘Ghetto Supastar’ which she heard in a Sanity near the turn of the millennium. She is unsure now if it was just an elaborate figment of her imagination or a stroke of genre-crossing genius that cannot be unearthed by the internet.
In the time between (supposedly) hearing this song and the current day Celina has managed to: kill a litany of plants, learn Japanese book-binding, and become a writer. She loves turbulence but is terrified of amusement park rides.