One team. Multiple studios.

We started business in 1995. Since then, we’ve grown and expanded, organically and by acquisition, from our origins in brand strategy consulting to brand identity, brand voice and brand experience.

We have been trusted by some of Australia’s largest institutions in the fields of corporate, government, professional services, education and not-for-profit.

We tackle the big branding issues of our times and create brands that are distinctive, genuine, desired and socially engaged. We have been recognised regularly for the last eight years with awards at the international REBRAND™ Awards.

We are now the most rewarded agency in Asia Pacific. It’s something we’re extremely proud of.

Aimee Coleman
Aimee Coleman

Director, AlphaLab
Principal

Aimee wrote and self-published a novel. Her mum thinks it’s the best thing ever, but also thinks Aimee has the voice of an angel. She doesn’t. But she does have a black belt in karate. She once wrote in a bio like this that she could never be vegetarian. But now she is. Funny that.

Hamish Cargill

Director, XXVI
Principal

Hamish still struggles to correctly use ‘affect’ and ‘effect’. Has been a snow reporter. And a stuntman. Once woke to a member of the royal family jumping on his bed. Rode eventing horses professionally for 6 years. And still plans to compete at the Olympics.

Moensie Rossier

Strategy Director
Principal

Moensie loves talking about ideas. Thinks she’s learned as much from fiction as business books. Won Brand Strategist of the Year at Transform Awards ANZ. And her name? It’s easy to say if you happen to speak Dutch or Afrikaans.

Simon Wright

Executive Creative Director
Principal

Simon believes brand ideas can change the world, try and tell him otherwise. He loves simplicity, Star Trek, Duran Duran and Aston Villa. Communicate, communicate, communicate is his most used saying. He is rumoured to be sponsored by Paul Smith. And he once spent an afternoon in the Arizona desert in a Jacuzzi drinking beer with Boris Becker.

Tim Riches

Group Strategy Director
Principal

Tim is a pickle lover, sometime pickler and occasional smoker. Finds Zomato an invaluable antidote to restaurant indecision. He’s a small time gardener with a thing for bonsai and terrariums and a believer in the predictive power of science fiction.

Tui Horo

Group Operations Director
Principal

Tui used to race off-road rally cars (holding the map, not the wheel). Is a closet gaming nerd at home (competing with like-minded souls nationally). Dream of undertaking her own Grand Designs project. Loves her two dogs (will show photos).

Tom Brigstocke

Group CEO
Principal

Tom’s weekend relaxations include chopping wood and looking after cattle. He gets goosebumps from Elgar. Born in the USA. Still owns a Triumph 900 (his guilty pleasure). Dislikes tofu, likes steak tartare. And contends we have an apostrophe surplus.

Wayde Bull

Strategy Director
Principal

Wayde worked on Margaret Thatcher’s re-election campaign (in short trousers). Has a collection of TinTin comics in mint condition. Runs long distances when his knees agree. Is a sucker for new apps, a good historic novel and West Wing repeats.

Kate Murchison

General Manager, NZ

You may recognise Kate as the nuffy who split her beurre blanc sauce on Masterchef NZ. Rooky. These days, she’s more interested in cheese. And weekend, beach-side motorhoming. Her future goals include turning 70 so she can move into a retirement village. Resort-style living and activities for days. The dream.

Mary Winter

Insights Director

Mary likes crocheting, spinning wool and having early morning coffee by the sea with retired farmers. A nature lover, she’ll gladly spend hours spying Goshawks above treetops and deeply envies a friend’s critically endangered species of black swamp gum. But let’s keep that between us.

Claire Gallagher

Employer Brand Director

Claire loves suprises (mostly), talking, Ireland and being a mum. Has a fear of fish. Danced with Salman Rushdie to ‘I Will Survive’.

Martin Hopkins

Creative Director

Martin was once strangled by Darth Vader. He fears leaving the house in mismatched shoes. He’s got a twin brother back in Essex. He once scaled six mountains in three days. Can sometimes be found photographing empty streets. And he occasionally dines on Thai food for breakfast.

Renée Stekel

Business Director

Renee loves the ocean. And never regrets getting up for a sunrise. She’s most alive when exploring new places. Which partly explains 14 moves in the past decade. Keep cup in hand, she’s all about protecting the environment. And autumn is her favourite season for obvious reasons – the fashion.

Mat Hyde

Group Business Development Director

Mat's signature dance move is ‘the pony’. He once owned a yellow ’79 Corolla called the ‘Butter Box’. Could start it with a paddlepop stick. He’s lived and adventured overseas. He once ate ‘Cuy’ (Guinea Pig). And swam with a croc. He was born and bred in the country. And he thinks happiness is a choice.

Rachel Terkelsen

Creative Director

Rachel cannot sing. Not one note. In fact, just the mention of karaoke makes parts of her body shake that shouldn’t. As does Melbourne’s weather. Local here for 40 years, she’s still waiting to acclimatise thanks to a sunny upbringing spent in Brissy. In the meantime, she’s keeping warm with a trusty foot heater, a few competitive runs here and there, and a scotch or four.

Rhiannon Folpp

Design Director

Rhiannon was delivered by her Dad. Will eat pizza any time of day. And once served wine to Judy Dench and Helen Mirren at the Baftas. She loves music. Dogs. And being asked for ID.

Cera O’Grady

Account Director

Cera is a trained chef with her own kitchen nightmares – getting first degree chilli burns and spilling red wine all over Nick Cave. In front of Kylie Minogue. Ouch. Never one to shy away from danger, she surrounds herself with cats despite being allergic. Loves fiery volcanoes. And fiery food.

Andrew Thompson

Design Director

Andrew once walked nearly three kilometres carrying 30kg above his head in the name of art. Is an avid collector of historic artefacts. His oldest item is 4.6 billion years old. Has busted Banksy in action. But won’t tell you who he is.

Dean Varndell

Head of Motion Graphics

Dean is not a big fan of the courgette. Admires the aesthetics of numbers. Was a DJ in a past life. Has a weakness for treacle.

Ashling Withers

Senior Consultant, Employer Brand

Ashling’s lived in seven countries. Still can’t shake that British accent. She once lost her shoe crowd surfing at a Beastie Boys concert. But found herself featured in a song by a famous Belgian singer. She’s a firm believer in effort over talent (on the dance floor). And dreams of one day completing an ocean swim.

Darren Swain

Design Director

Darren has trouble sitting still. Regularly cleans light switches and electrical cables. Will do anything for a back scratch.

Jordan Demetriou

Senior Designer

Jordan is a Designer with a strange connection to numbers. She’s a triplet who’s known to break three bones at a time and once memorised the first 100 decimals of Pi just because. She loves crime podcasts – particularly about cult leaders – and heavy metal. And although a former cheerleader, the only move she does these days is the worm. But only after a whisky (or two).

Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose

Strategy Director

Charlie once acted in a Colombian soap opera called ‘Bad Girls’. He's an Essendon football tragic, who can’t say no to liquorice. He’s ridden a bike across Argentina. And loves sci-fi and fantasy. Unashamedly.

Natalie Kules

Finance Director

Music plays a big part in Natalie’s life. So does her big family. She’s writing 20 songs all at once (one for each family member?), but right now she’s singing the praises of her new Keto lifestyle.

Emma Saunders

Writer, XXVI

Emma loves swimming in the ocean but has a fear of aquariums. Weirdly good at remembering and recognising faces. Big fan of short books. And South London. Enjoys long, meandering walks with friends, kimchi and cheese toasties, and natural wine.

Yolanda Koning

Design Director

Yolanda is a Kiwi with Dutch parents. She still says chilly bin. And jandals. She goes a little crazy on Sake. Knocks over a glass of water daily. And once wore two different shoes to work. (It was an accident).

Kristen Cetrulo

Senior Studio Manager, XXVI

Kristen secretly loves putting IKEA furniture together. She invents a new business idea daily. And has lost count of how many DIY projects she’s started. She’s terrible at ironing. But once steamed Eric Clapton’s shirt.

Carly Holland

Account Director

Carly moved to Australia in search of the sun and is an avid foodie. Although is yet to find a Sunday roast up to her London standards. She enjoys reformer Pilates, hot yoga and never setting foot in a traditional gym. Has an overly affectionate French Bulldog named Delboy, who is passionate about the Melbourne office bins.

Hayden Mathys

Motion Graphics Designer

Hayden gets extremely frustrated if he doesn’t play football once a week. Had dreadlocks for 16 years. Loves cooking (signature dish is Thai green curry).

Karen Adriano

Designer

Karen is a foodie in search of Sydney’s best ramen after moving here from Manila. When not noodling, other interests include stalking cute doggos at the park. Backstreet Boys sing-alongs. Avoiding nuts in chocolate. And ordering adventurously off the menu - usually to her regret, as there’s nothing like ramen. (Amen.)

Emily Hart

Studio Manager, XXVI

Emily doesn’t know left from right, but does know her way around punctuation marks. (And colour-blocking outfits.) With over a decade in book publishing, she’s had some pretty interesting stories land on her desk, including one for a prime minister. But she loves being away from it, too — whether that’s water ballet or aspiring to be in an amateur musical. One day.

Hayley Read

Senior Strategy Consultant

Hayley believes comedians are half strategists. But not the other way around. Would win (and has won) a fight against a boxer. Or anyone with hot chips. Her Achilles heel? A standard piece of bread. Enjoys diagrams, cat-dog friendships, Simpsons quotes (strictly seasons 1–10) and the kind of thrilling rainy weather they didn’t have in Perth.

James Welch

Design Director

James feels like a father of 10. (Is only a father of three.) He runs marathons for charity. Wants to surf. Won’t, because: sharks. He’s half American. Half English. And entirely incapable of taking himself too seriously.

Gemma Harben

Studio & Production Manager

When she’s not mashing up the dancefloor, Gemma can be found mashing potatoes. Vegan gotta eat. A loud laugher and small sneezer, she sometimes makes plans to plan for the Apocalypse. Or, when she’s feeling more hopeful about humanity, studies Japanese. Current favourite word: Irusu. Pretending to be out when someone knocks on your door.

Federica Pala

Account Director

Federica loves a crafternoon. Sings ‘Pump up the jam’ at the breakfast table. Speaks nicely to plants to help them grow faster. Green tea over coffee. She’s an eco-warrior who lives for Warrior II. Spends her days in nature. And mornings doing yoga. Namaste.

Jemma Barry

Senior Account Manager

Jemma, (with a ‘J’, of course) is sceptical about star signs. She’s also the most virgo-ish virgo you’ll ever meet. She loves iced lattes, greyhounds and reality TV. She won’t so much as touch an avocado unless it’s in guacamole.

Min Shim

Senior Designer

Min was born in Seoul, South Korea. But has already lived or worked in 5 countries. Here in Melbourne, she enjoys eating brunch. And cake. Especially chocolate mousse cake. She likes yoga too. And right now, is trying to master the side crow.

Veronica Brzozowska

Account Manager

Veronica was born in Poland. So naturally loves pickles and vodka. She was raised in London but is now settled in Sydney with her Ragdoll named Zippy. Hates flat whites but is happiest with a mug of tea in hand. Loves boardgames. And Korean skincare. But most of all – Taylor Swift.

Lisa Wilson

Associate Director, XXVI

Lisa wasn’t allowed to eat sugar or watch TV as a child, but has made up for it ever since. Loves animals and once owned eleven Dalmations. Has now scaled back to one ninja-like Chihuahua. Wants to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show but so far has only managed to grow some beautifully healthy weeds.

Alissa Dinham

Account Director

Alissa blames her love of wine, cheese and cooking on being half French. Also loves her beautiful kelpie. Obsessed with all things ceramics. And very proud of her yearly tomato crop. She’s recently taken up long distance running, but still hasn’t taken up karaoke. Being utterly tone deaf probably doesn’t help (or could it?).

Tamara Hain

Account Director

Tamara would rather be cooked for than cook. Totally fair. A mover not a sitter, nature’s her calling card. And natural fabrics. Warm things over cold too. When she’s not seeing live music, you’ll find her lovingly admiring her vinyl collection. She’ll get that record player one day.

Elmira Gaynullina

Insights Consultant

A lover of nature, Elmira can be found waiting for flowers to blossom, bees to buzz by and snowflakes to form. (That’s what you get from someone who believes that if we resist change, we resist life.) When she’s not outdoors, she’s renovating furniture, admiring Wes Anderson and Almodóvar’s use of colour or possibly challenging you to a dance off.

Josie Pereira

Writer, XXVI

Josie rose to fame in 2004 (age 6) on an episode of Hi-5. Her IMDB profile remains ‘under construction’. Whilst her acting career is on hold, she paints professionally. In moments of procrastination, she works tirelessly to perfect the Owen Wilson ‘Wow’. And her last name ‘Pereira’ translates to Peartree (which makes her a Josephine Pear).

Dee Mason

Senior UX Consultant

Dee once worked on a billionaire’s private yacht. Conversely, she’s also lived in a tent. Lover of design in every form, whether it’s art, architecture or UX. Has a son and boy-girl twins who make handy focus groups (with ever-changing demands). Claims to be a terrible dancer, and no amount of coffee seems to help.

Akshita Gopinath

Account Manager

Akshi is a lifelong globe-trotter. She has scuba dived in 5 countries, speaks 4 languages (reads 3) and owns 2 cats. An avid alliteration admirer, she uses hugs as a judge of character and likes making up secret nicknames for people. Once played in a teen band, but that name remains a secret, too. 

Anna Kan

Senior Account Manager

Anna makes a mean coffee. Her latte art is horribly good. She can walk five dogs at once but won’t eat a banana. She will however drink one. Born in Hong Kong, Anna’s been roaming the world since she was 12. She was lured to Australia by the beach and trapped here by coffee and croissants. Now she spends weekends hunting buttery baked goods. But only the good ones.

Nick Ryan

Associate Director, XXVI

Nick is a writer who dreams of living in a tiny house one day, despite being 6’3". Once rode a brakeless bike around Portugal, wearing shorts and jandals. He has many passions outside of writing - including cryptozoology, 80s Rub-A-Dub, swimming in rivers, bioluminescence, wood fires, Spanish nights, and comfortable chairs.

Holly Gemell

Office Coordinator

Holly’s a twin whose last name means twin – in Italian. She’s not Italian. But she is a vegetarian. With a cat named Edamame. She was named ‘Most Competitive’ at her year 10 formal, and is still in it to win it. Whatever ‘it’ is.

Lucinda Hunt

Insights Consultant

Lucinda would have been the fourth member of the Saddle Club, until she tore her ACL. Then the other one. She now practises belly dancing and Pilates. With little to no invitation, she will quote all seasons of Blackadder. As for the tattoo of Toothless the dragon on her shoulder blade… she can thank her early-twenties obsession with How to Train Your Dragon.

Kimberly Fourie

Account Manager

Kimberly loves watching K-Dramas with her flat-faced pets. Surefooted, straight-up and five foot nothing, she’ll wade into a heaving mosh pit to rescue her partner. But finds clowns terrifying. And Spiderman infuriating. She moved from South Africa without setting foot in Australia. Whatever happens, she’ll find the lesson.

Jess Leech

Associate Director, XXVI

Jess is indecisive. She also has coeliac, which helps her narrow down the menu (GF) when she orders. Hunting for old books in op shops and collecting vintage clothing is a big passion. Ironing is not. Singing makes Jess very happy (and yet, no one else in earshot).

Ben Williams

Senior Creative Artworker

Ben once lived in a house full of monkeys. Voluntarily. And hitched a ride down the Amazon on a cargo boat, just because he could. A big fan of British comedy, lesser fan of people who prefer The Office US. He’s very good at memorising useless facts. Which is very useful at trivia nights.

Charlotte Daraio

Writer

Charlotte can't conceive a world without Dolly Parton in it. When she’s not confronting naysayers about their misjudgement of country music, she's wrangling lumps of clay into vases. Or mugs. Or bowls. But please never ask her to make you a plate. She loves Sofia Coppola. And her nanna. As in, her own nanna. Not Sofia Coppola’s.

Jean O'Sullivan

Senior Designer

Jean has an unhealthy interest in American politics. And puns. She loves garlic and bright clothes. Hates olives and horror movies. Thinks her toddler son is the toughest negotiator she’s ever met. And vows never to watch Edward Scissorhands again (too many nightmares). She’ll challenge anyone to a burpee-off.

Hollie Johnson

Business Development Manager

Hollie grew up around all kinds of animals. Probably explains her irrational desire to adopt an army of dogs. And why she spent an entire wedding befriending a Frenchie named Treacle. And maybe that tattoo of her first cat? Furry friends aside, Hollie’s an amateur illustrator. Gets way too excited about costume parties. And dreams of catching the Aurora Borealis one day. Ideally from an igloo in Northern Iceland.

Marty Zablocki

Senior Writer, XXVI

Marty likes all kinds of music, but not all music. He once started a French rock band called The Escargo-go’s that sadly didn’t go on to global domination – crushing his rock star dreams. Cooking makes him happy. Especially when narrating his own cooking show (to himself). Although he trained as a designer, nowadays he prefers pushing words around, not pantones.

Fatma Kirney

Project Delivery Manager, AlphaLab

Despite her being the tiniest team member, Fatma played Ruby for 3 years in high school. She once humbled Justin Timberlake. Her secret? Have no idea who he is. Speaking of crime - Fatma was raised on a steady diet of CSI Miami, New York, and Las Vegas. In addition to cold showers, she manages stress by freestyling to Eminem. (Will the real Fatma please stand up?)

Simon Gross

Senior Writer, XXVI

Simon likes the way a blank page listens. Finds supermarkets grounding. Always grabs the third pack from the front. Created an entirely new category of moving product. Has moved house 40 times. Loves the life-dampening density of a library and finds the immutability of a book reassuring.

Neha Pindoria

Accountant

Neha’s been on more wildlife safaris than she can count. Born and raised in Kenya, she moved to Sydney to study. Loved it so much she never left. Can speak four languages (still working on Swahili). Certified foodie. And might be shy at first – but get to know her and she’s as fun as they come.

Dane Collins

Creative Artworker

Dane doesn’t tan well. Burns to a crisp in 5 minutes flat. But thinks his red hair gives him a high threshold for pain. He’s obsessed by stuff made from stainless steel. Avoids olives. And thinks life’s not worth living without soccer.

Paris Coote

Senior Account Manager

Paris had a little lamb as a child. Which doesn’t explain why she’s now terrified of cotton wool. A bit of a magpie, she once found a 2gram nugget of gold. Loves antique jewellery. And always has time for a shiny Jamie Oliver cookbook – so long as the recipe doesn’t call for mutton.

Amy Cameron

Writer, XXVI

Amy lives on a farm with a rooster called Tupac and a goat called Uncle Frank. She’s very proud of her moonwalk. And hates every single thing about bananas. Mostly the smell. And the colour. And the taste.

Natasha Ramkissoon

Employer Brand Consultant

Natasha’s natural defence when terrified is to fall asleep. Hates seafood, though regularly orders a Filet-O-Fish from McDonalds (no, it doesn’t count). She fantasises about going to space one day but would settle for reincarnation as a dolphin. Claims to love dalmatians despite her favourite villain being Cruella de Vil.

Carolina Relander

Senior Designer

Carolina speaks Swedish. With a Finnish accent. She rides horses. And bikes. She loves picking cherries. Can’t go past a good documentary. And will always have a place in her heart for Pippi Langstrump. (That’s Swedish for Pippi Longstocking.)

Matt James

Designer

Matt’s a Kiwi who’ll never call jandals thongs. It’s just not right. And his twin brother back in Auckland agrees. Controversy aside, he loves a good crime doco. Can’t go a day without eating chicken. And has perfected the art of neglecting plants. But makes up for it by being a brilliant ear wiggler.

Niamh Slevin

Senior Writer, XXVI

Niamh, pronounced Neeve, has a name as Irish as they come. Something of a world traveller, she’s gazed up at the stars from the Sahara, and been blindsided by a blizzard in Canada. Loves yoga, guitar and baking chocolate chip cookies. And if she’s ever looking a little blue, don’t worry. Those are just the organic blueberries she regularly smooshes onto her face (anything for a youthful glow).

Alex Moore

Associate Director, XXVI

Alex’s entire personality can be found in his luscious beard, loud shirts, dependability on filter coffee, and desire to sneak a wee bit of irreverence into important things like application forms, surveys, and bios. Which makes sense, given his steady diet of Monty Python as a child. He was big in a little part of Japan, for a day. Made a career out of making up Scottish history during his stint as a tour guide in Edinburgh. And he finds delight in dappled sunshine beneath large trees in grassy parks.

Kristan Nair

Studio Manager, XXVI

Kristan’s a Canadian from Hollywood North (Toronto) so it only makes sense that she’s a film buff. Her love for horror movies inspires her love for painting ¬– but feels most passionate about putting ketchup on absolutely everything. A regular at Comic-Con, she collects 90s X-Men comics. Her kryptonite? The Real Housewives franchise.

Helen Wong

Accountant

Helen thinks she’s a crazy cat lady without the cats. Loves eating, making, and photographing food. Except mushrooms, those are terrifying. Travelled almost half of the United States, and once in New Zealand, skydived and bungee jumped twice in a single morning. Still rates meeting the Backstreet Boys as the greatest moment of her life.

Sam O'Brien

Senior Creative Artworker

Sam was once held hostage in Sumatra by an orangutan. Worked as a pirate DJ. And got told he looked hungry by Amy Winehouse in a London pub. Hates wasabi – but is easily talked into trying it again. Wasabi, Sam?

Supriya Shetty

Account Manager

Supriya's a brown belt in karate. Still, she’s got no chance against spiders. Big on ambition and persistence, she’s obviously mastered reverse parallel parking. Can speak three and half languages too. And loves to travel. Take her back to Cappadocia to watch the hot air balloons at sunrise any day.

Ben Ashley

Senior Writer, XXVI

Ben is a human guinea pig who was donated to science as a baby. He was a zombie in a TV commercial and once sat inside an amplifier stack to keep it upright during a punk show. Likes snowboarding, except that time he lost his atop a mountain and had to walk down (slowly).

Harry Davies

Junior UX/UI Designer

Harry still loves Lego and will always be from Liverpool. Despite being constantly compared to Harry Potter, he surfs more than The Boy Who Lived. Harry lives to surf. Even has a list of places in the world he wants to surf. When he’s not dreaming of carving sweet shapes in the Mentawai Islands, he’s probably gaming, watching The Office, or rehearsing for a chance encounter with Tarantino.

Susan Austin

Accountant

Susan doubles as a cookbook author. Once cooked Sang Choy Bow with Kerri-Anne Kennerly. Also cooked pasta with a Duchess in her palazzo in Palermo. Food highlights aside, she used to live in Singapore. Will read or watch anything about Roman times. And can’t get enough of jigsaw puzzles.

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