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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.
Kiel Van Daal
Director of Growth
Kiel has an irrational fear of needles. But that fear competes with a stronger, rational love of tattoos: he has eight of them. He started his first business at 22 and still found time to tour Australia for seven years playing drums in a band. He dislikes chocolate which should be baffling but we secretly appreciate that it increases our share of the family-sized blocks that get passed around the studio.
Director of Strategy
Eric credits his grey hair to spending 25 years in communications. Hey, hair pigment is worth it in the name of transforming brands, thinking creatively and innovating products. He’s a photography nerd and a domestic zookeeper with two dogs, three cats and a stray that lives in his garden. He dislikes spreadsheets, Vegemite (!!!), and people saying thirty-three-and-a-third in bad Irish accents.
Simon Le Couteur
Director of Innovation
Through business design, branding, digital and communications, Simon adds value through creativity, in an original, exciting and optimistic way. His jam is decoding problems and designing organisations for the future, he’s the king of simple and smart ways to solve your ‘if only’ issues, like ‘if only we had daily doughnuts delivered to the Chello office’.
Archie De Sales
Senior Account Manager
Meet Archie. He really likes other humans, so he’d rather get on the phone or meet face-to-face than endure a convoluted email or text. He’s been told he’s too inquisitive, but we think there’s no such thing (…except when you’re trying to organise a surprise birthday). With seven brothers and sisters, he’s indebted to his siblings for his organisational and problem-solving skills.
Having attended the same school as Richard Branson, a place the business magnate famously disliked, Archie is unsure if his graduation is a point of pride or remorse. His favourite tree is the lemon-scented gum.
Brand & Content Strategist
Matt was initially destined to be an archaeologist. Inspired by Indiana Jones, he spent his childhood digging endless holes in the garden. That was, until his parents took his spade away. And, well, here he is at Chello. He’s called both London and Paris home—not to mention an icy hole in the snow, which was his accommodation during a winter trek across subarctic Canada where he embedded himself into communities of aboriginal Canadians. On that particular expedition, the closest he came to death was not grizzly bears, wolves, or -45°C temperatures, but an angry, drunken local with a shotgun.
Like all good people, Amy loves eating. At most times Amy is thinking about food or trying to find food. That’s also why she has the most elaborate desk pantry out of all of us.
Harbouring a profound love of music, the rest of her time is measured in gigs and songs. Her cropped fringe is perhaps a tactic to avoid pushing hair out of her eyes mid-concert? It’s definitely been part of her identity, in fact she becomes deeply troubled if it grows even midway down her forehead. She thinks it makes her face look weird. We do wonder if she’ll keep trimming it when she eventually runs away into the mountains to live with her music and abundant pantry.
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. In her spare time, she can be found drawing or keeping up with her pen pal – who happens to be her grandmother.
Tahnee De Souza
If you’re arrested in NSW you’re entitled to contact a friend or relative and a legal representative. When you call Tahnee you kind of get two in one; she used to be a lawyer. Although she’s fled corporate law for the Chello studio, we think hers would still be a nifty phone number to have on hand. But she has her flaws. Tahnee lacks any sense of direction and finds herself constantly lost. Yet she plans her travels around food and wine, so can probably be oriented by the promise of a meal. She justifies all absurd expenses as ‘an experience’. Which may extend to her water bills, given that she is an obsessive shower-er due to germaphobia. She can shower up to four times a day. But, hey, you don’t get to judge if you’ve just been arrested.
Senior Copywriter & Strategist
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.
Senior Motion Designer
Fun fact: Sean (a UK-import) has no sense of smell. Fortunately, having no sense of smell means Sean’s other senses have developed at a Super-human rate – his eagle-eye vision in particular enables him to compose shots with pinpoint precision while his god-like hearing means he can hear like, really well. He’s also super enthusiastic about motion graphics, typography and the monarchy (we guess).
When he’s not-not smelling things, he spends his free time riding his BMX and paddling his fishtail short-board with his unnaturally small feet. Feel free to ask Sean what things he can’t smell (which spoiler alert – is everything).
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.
Camera Operator & Editor
Vinny was once fired from a bar for being “too enthusiastic”. Apparently this was a bar for people who like despair, sadness and the feeling of locking your keys inside your house. We happen to be enthusiasts of Vinny’s enthusiasm.
It has resulted in him adopting cats (he’s a dog person), letting a crab escape from the Sydney Fish Markets (it was chased through the market then jumped off the pier), being a mischief maker (we may have too many of these already) and cooking fusion meals like laksa with southern fried chicken (get in line). At 14 he broke his neck while playing rugby and claims it is “one of the best things to ever happen to me”. See? He’s even kind of enthusiastic about breaking his neck.
Senior Full Stack Developer
Scott spends his free time smoking, meat that is. He is a meat connoisseur, travelling this country of ours far and wide competing against other pros. But we think he should turn the studio into a speakeasy-style pop-up restaurant instead… He’s starred in a YouTube video that has garnered over 30 million views but it’s unclear exactly what kind of video this is. He has a dog named Thirsty and is a firm believer that the greatest band of all time is AC/DC. Fluent in six languages, he only speaks one. (Does coding humour ever get old?)
Full Stack Developer
‘Batman chic’ is the interior design style that Vogue Living has neglected. At least according to Tommy and his meticulously decorated home. This is paired with his default tendency to sing Seal’s Kiss from a Rose. As avid supporters of culture and the arts we, of course, all know that this is a song intimately associated with Batman Forever.
Apart from a Batman obsessive, Tommy is a compulsive problem solver, enthusiastic gamer and… an unpaid ambassador of steamed bun burgers from Macca’s. “Trust me,” he says. “Ask for it next time.” What could go wrong? (A reminder Tommy’s views are not representative of Chello’s as an organisation.)
Head of Design
Sophie’s secret? She’s 5”1’. Most people don’t realise because she keeps her heels on, thank you very much. When you meet her she is likely to be hungry and that’s the reason why she eats lunch as soon as it is socially acceptable (12:01pm, obviously).
But that doesn’t mean she’ll eat just anything. She dislikes foods that can’t commit to being a solid or a liquid, naming yoghurt, panna cotta and custard as perpetrators of this crime. Despite her city-dweller’s black wardrobe, with hints of navy, she’s a country girl. Or… she likes the humble sound of being a country girl. She left when she was four. But it’s still technically correct (the best kind of correct).
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.
Designer & Illustrator
Things Will dislikes: attention, wasted time and negativity. But he likes movies, all kinds of movies, from sappy rom coms to high-brow cinema. Will is likely to be entangled in an art, illustration, or handicraft project at any one point in time. He also claims to be quite flexible but we are yet to confirm this in an office flex-off.
He lives by the quote, “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.” (And just quietly, we think it shows in his work.)
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.
Controversy has a new name and it’s pronounced ‘Lillian’. This is a person with a passionate hate for both BBQ and tomato sauce. We are just as shocked as you are. How does she eat meat pies? Old school hot chips? But we have found it in our hearts to forgive her because she has many redeeming strengths.
For instance: always colour coordinating her earrings to her outfit, a keen talent for op-shopping, and the ability to do the splits. Having gone to uni in Melbourne it was inevitable that she would be a coffee snob, prepare for a grilling if you offer to pick up a coffee for her.
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.
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
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