Meet the team

We promise to provide a platform for hungry, humble, smart people to come together and function at their best.

Values-driven creativity.
Values-driven creativity.
Values-driven creativity.
Values-driven creativity.
Values-driven creativity.
Values-driven creativity.
Values-driven creativity.

Our values

This is our DNA. We challenge the norm, ask ’why?’, and come to the table with ideas.

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We keep our promises, and this starts with staying true to our word.

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We do good work with good people. It’s always a partnership.

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We’re a team of hungry, go-getting, passionate people, wanting to create meaningful change.

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At the heart of it, Chello is a group of great people striving to make great work. Our values tie the group together as we seek out like-minded clients to take us on their wild and wonderful journeys.

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The Chello crew

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Lindsay Rogers

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 are 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).

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Tristan Velasco

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 is 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 has got the eye. An early riser, oat flat white drinker and golf extraordinaire. Tris believes ideas come in many forms and that’s the complexity of our weird and wonderful brains.

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Philippa Jameson

General Manager

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. This Francophile appreciates saucisson, vineyards, the French language, and (happily for us) putting together a cheese board par excellence. While an obvious bon vivant, she’s always up for a challenge. She’s jumped out of planes, off waterfalls, swung over canyons 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. And though she hasn’t fulfilled her childhood aspiration to be a DJ, she’s still the 80s pop trivia master we all need.

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Praveen Vaidyanathan

Strategy Director

Praveen has a lot of thoughts, stylishy sashaying from the matrix hypothesis to wine pricing and a myriad of other topics you probably haven’t thought about in any detail before. But Preveen has, sometimes he’s even written theses on them at Harvard too. Praveen has worked his way into a host of the world’s most notable agencies. But his finest and most mysterious achievement is no doubt having never been rejected by staff on the door of the notorious Berlin nightclub.

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Rebecca Templer

Finance Director

Bec is a self-titled ‘Metal Head’ with a penchant for motorbikes. Proper bikes mind you, not those silly little Italian nippers. Yup, welcome to the hardcore-finance era. If that wasn’t enough bite already, she’s also got a taste for vampire stories, but not Twilight, the proper grassroots stuff. But like any great thriller, there’s a twist, she’s got a softer side too, a proud dog mum of her mini dachshunds - Frankie and Pepper.

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Jemma Parkin

Senior Account Director

Jemma is a woman of fleeting hobbies, leading her to make some rather expensive purchases, that subsequently no doubt required a number of hasty online listings. There was the summer of Bondi surf love. Then it was the DJ decks. And coming soon, the fine-line drawing starter pack! One trendy piece that has stuck about however, is her pair of Oakley speed dealer running shades‚ some things never go out of style eh!?! The point is you can’t keep this one still, with her yeehaw country music spirit, and pathological need of exercise. Perhaps it’s something to do with the 4+ coffees a day? Food for thought.

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Drou Angelides

Senior Account Director

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 an early age she suffered a catastrophic food-poisoning incident courtesy of what she reasonably assumed to be a benign Filet-O-Fish. As a result, Drou now suffers from an acute tomato sauce phobia and would prefer it if this vulnerable information is not widely circulated in an extremely public work bio… it has however imbued her with a fearless spirit: from bungee jumping and skydiving in Africa, to hiking the Himalayas, and even sailing a hand-build wooden raft down the Amazon in Bolivia.

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Niamh O’Keeffe

Senior Account Manager

Bit of housekeeping, the name’s pronounced ‘Neev’, and If you couldn’t already tell, Niamh (there you go, you got it) hails from the emerald isle, via a few years of London living. Having not long landed in Sydney, Niamh (smashing it mate) is making the most of her love of new brunch spots — clearly not an early riser! Perhaps that’s because she’s spending her nights getting caught up on Aussie culture through our very distinctive brand of reality TV. Might be a while before she starts exploring the outback, however, as her fear of Aussie wildlife is entrenched and very real.

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Hugo Freemantle

Senior Account Manager

Hugo, the diehard Maroons fan born in Maryborough, QLD, is not your average DJ. Winning a Red Bull DJ comp wasn’t just about the beats (hello, free tickets to Splendour). This music maestro has an unusual Christmas tale too—one involving a car crashing into his family’s pool on Christmas Eve. Who needs a white Christmas when you can have a splash of excitement? Before Hugo became the life of the party, he spent seven years in the hotel industry. From hotel check-ins to managing client services, it's safe to say he’s mastered the art of making people feel at home.

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Ellie Walton

Senior Account Manager

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Ellie is drawn to country walks, cosy pubs and catch-ups over a proper cuppa. She loves a rom-com, the cheesier/more predictable the better, and if Hugh Grant is in it we’re on to a winner — even better if I’m in close proximity to a log fire and a Christmas tree. So... kinda begs the question, why Australia Ellie? Well, she’s also a sucker for a sunrise, coffee, walk or yoga, which are all a whole lot warmer and more enjoyable down under. And when your retirement plan involves pistachio gelato and Aperols, it all starts to make sense!

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Olivia Martino

Account Executive

Always hungry, occasionally dangerously hangry. Lucky we always have a not-so-healthy stock of Nutella in the kitchen. Not even a brother with nut allergies stopped her from having the hazelnut nectar in her house growing up! Once well-fed, Olivia indulges her other achilles heel, shopping. She’s a follower of ‘Treat ‘yo’ self’ philosophy, meaning that every task completed deserves a treat! Though she’s well aware that her handbag aspirations do not match her bank account. Her mascara bill must be high however, given the length of her eyelashes — something she proudly puts down to her Italian genes.

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Catherine Tubb

Creative Director

Cat moved to Australia based on the learnings from her childhood diet of Neighbours and Home and Away, taking the reality she encountered in her stride. After all, when you’ve lived at both ends of the Northern Line in London, you learn a thing or two about dealing with the unexpected! Once she got here she never looked back; adopting two cats after working on a Nestle Purina X Animal Welfare League shoot, naming one of them after Coco Chanel, and subsequently starting a fashion label of her own, Mrs Kensington, from scratch. A weirdly logical chain of events when you think about it.

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Charlie Roberts

Senior Copywriter

Charlie is half-deaf on one side (what was that?) so legally can never be accused of ignoring anyone. Although frustratingly for him, this doesn’t stretch as far as an extra parking sticker — though his parents did give it a red-hot crack. Other trivial points include a small obsession with seaweed, likely an internalised after-effect of a childhood spent on Scottish beaches. And he is an accredited Football (Soccer) coach, which in no discernible way helps his writing, but does mean he excels at laying out delightful cone displays.

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Natalie Wong

Design Director

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.

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Becky Gillis

Senior Designer

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 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.

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Meg Maddison

Designer

A designer, staffy-lover and exercise-enthusiast with a one syllable name. Where have we heard this story before? *cough* Nat *cough*. Meg however, is no clone of everyone’s favourite Design Director. She’s more like the upgrade... Meg has not just one, but two staffies. And yeah sure, Nat goes to the gym and dance classes, but Meg’s completed an Ironman. She’s even sumited Kilimanjaro. Nat walked up the hill in Sydney park once. As a self-confessed ‘bird-nerd’, this South African bush baby is also capable of staying incredibly quiet and still for long periods of time. Nat is not.

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Chesca Ruta

Design Lead

Don’t be fooled by the fancy-pants name, Chesca is all Yorkshire. She’s got the accent that’s as stuck on as the day she arrived in Australia. She’s also a massive tea snob, never without a proper imported Yorkie tea bag. That’s not a euphemism, as far as we’re aware. She’s also pretty handy on, well, pretty much anything. From design software, to up-cycling furniture; and more recently sewing. Her golf swing could use a little work however. So room for improvement.

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Anna Kwakye

Junior Designer

Anna is a massive germophobe. You could say she was ahead of the COVID times, or you could just wash your hands thoroughly before shaking hers. Right, now that's out of the way, oh wait, hang on, she's also an entomophobe, fructophobe, and ornithophobe. But it's not all about running away from germs, bugs, birds, and berries. Anna is a Love Island devotee with a horrible sense of direction — lucky for her, "you can't find love, it finds you," as they say. She's also a thrifty lass with her fashion choices, happily spending weekends picking through vintage stores. Can you imagine the germs those second-hand garments have seen, though? That doesn’t stop Anna from getting those surgically clean hands on them because, "faaashun daaarling."

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Ceri Jones

Senior Producer

If spiders terrify you with their insistence on being present in your space, Ceri is the person to call. She'll make sure that spider is safely relocated far from you. This makes her an invaluable asset in the office—and in Australia in general. Ceri spent her first eighteen years in small English towns and in London, where she hit the books at Central Saint Martins. With a fascination for the odd and macabre, her weakness is haunted houses.

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Lauren Barrett

Junior Producer

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.

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Joel Stylis

Senior Motion Designer

Balding Joel—his words, not ours—can make anything move. He crafts rich worlds for detailed explainers and clever animations that make the complex simple. He could probably even get Nana out of her chair if you needed him to. But there's more to this sneakerhead than just video motion. Joel also harbors a burning fear of dirty fingernails, which is quite the challenge when you have two dogs to pick up after. Square that one, motion man!

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Isabelle Coury

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 to five because, you know, she's an underachiever.) Issy also has two metaphorical stomachs: one for the main course and one for dessert, as her sweet tooth is truly something to behold. But her love for sweets isn't the only sweet thing about her. Issy is also a major foreign film aficionado, enjoying anything from Iranian dramas to Soviet cinema—both of which, incidentally, are on the UN list.

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Traci Chapman

Operations 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.

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Miguel Del Mundo

Traffic Manager

Miguel is a musician and composer, and a fanatical Monster Hunter—not a Halloween pursuit, but a video game, we’re informed. He's also an avid book collector. But this story doesn’t end with a quiet read in the corner; Miguel likes to spend his time photographing the everyday moments around him. When he does finally wind down, he's notoriously bad at finishing TV series, with Blacklist and Dexter being the only ones he's watched to completion.

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Celina Siriyos

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 store 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.

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Simon Le Couteur

Strategic Consultant

Simon’s been in branding for more than 25 years, and while he’s learned a lot over the years, he just can’t stop seeking out more. This pursuit of knowledge leads him to buy, on average, 10 or more books per week. And if that wasn’t enough literature, he’s also an avid Economist reader. The learning doesn’t end when papercuts put him out of action either—he switches to documentaries, just to wind down, you know. All a bit intense so far, but there’s a softer side to this strategist. He’s a big family man, which drives his other guises as a cooking enthusiast, Lego construction aficionado, and Freshwater beach regular.

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Benefits

Collective approach

  • Access to the annual employee profit share

  • Be an active and contributing member to our company with input into quarterly initiatives

  • The opportunity to work with passionate people, that are good at what they do, and enjoy each other’s company.

Work-life balance

  • Hybrid working model (2 optional WFH days, 3 office days)

  • Tracking hours & rapid solutions at weekly meetings to support work-life balance

  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program including counsellors if needed

Career development

  • Individually tailored career progression plan and a formal promotion system

  • Allocated Learning & Development budget for every person, with scheduled time to complete, and an opportunity to apply for further learning via the Chello Scholarship

Social

  • Annual retreats

  • Potential quarterly social days

  • Monthly “Breakfast Club” all-hands get togethers

Careers

We’re hiring

Copywriter

We’re looking for a passionate wordsmith who’s happy to tackle anything from copy on a website button to designing a brand’s voice. In this role you’ll zig-zag between conceptual, strategic and tactical writing across a cornucopia of clients. So it helps if you’re curious and like learning about different industries too.

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Midweight Designer (Maternity Contract)

Are you a whiz on the tools? Are paragraph styles, tidy layers, and attention to detail your thing? If so, you’re exactly the kind of person we love having in our studio.

We’re looking for a Midweight Designer for a 12-month maternity contract who can jump onto any project and is passionate about answering the brief. One that thinks outside the box, thrives in a team environment and can keep up with quick turnarounds.

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