As a professional ‘head-mechanic’ Ali has worked with ‘em all. From high- falutin’ Executives through to people suffering with chronic pain (hey, they might actually be the same!) Alison specialises in assisting individuals and teams transition through the tough stuff. We really love working with Alison at Pragmatic Thinking…she actually listens to us; like, err without even checking Facebook or Instagram or stuff; it’s a unique skill.
Darren understands people like few others. A Behavioural Scientist, Darren studies people at work for a living. The rest of team find this really awkward sometimes…(it’s like he’s watching ALL the time) Darren is a country lad with a city brain, making him a great guy to talk business strategy with, but also handy if you need to herd cattle… as you do.
Osman, Oz, The Man, or simply ‘The Wizard’ as he’s affectionately known is a dangerously talented triple threat. He’s whip smart, his heart is made of solid gold and he loves cricket. Can play it too, having spent time wielding the willow in the UK. Perhaps the only reason he’s not wearing the baggy green this summer is because he’s so good at that other thing he does – bringing great businesses together to do great work. He’s a natural connector and his business acumen is superseded only by his likeability and genuine care for people. You’re going to love him, everyone does.
If anyone is likely to whip our motley crew of creatives into shape and bring some balance back to the left side of our PT brain, it’s Nick. He’s exactly the kinda guy you want leading operations – he obsesses over process and logistics, he’s not afraid to call a spade a shovel and is such a stickler for the rules even his wife calls him a ‘straighty 180’. He earned his stripes in the Army as a transport and logistics officer before hanging up the uniform and working for private organisations ensuring they always get ‘the right stuff, at the right time in the right condition’. As for wrangling the PT Crew, Nick has us standing to attention and makes sure we’re in the right condition to deliver the right stuff at the right time.
A self confessed organising junkie, Tracy loves nothing more than seeing a plan come together. She’s the EA that teaches other EA’s how it’s done. Her ability to read a situation and know what needs to happen before you realise there’s even a problem is uncanny. The backbone of Pragmatic Thinking, Tracy is the go-to gal on how things are run. She’s also an avid foodie, a cake-maker extraordinaire, and the protector of ‘special’ dogs.
Lorena is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters in Organisational Psychology and over 20 years’ experience of bringing “human” to Human Resources in Australia’s most recognised businesses. With a passion for creating great workplace cultures and developing leadership capability, Lorena is a sought after keynote speaker, facilitator and change agent. She works with a broad range of client industries ranging from education, retail, health services, travel, government and financial services, through to mining, engineering, construction and emergency services. Lorena fits the stereotype of the nerdy scientist by holding the dubious distinction of having watched Star Wars 17 times in one weekend. Sad but true.
Ryan is obsessed about using brain and body science to help people thrive in life. As Lead Facilitator, Ryan uses his domestic and international experience across the education, mental health, child protection, and organisational wellbeing sectors to deliver outcomes for clients. As a former children’s counsellor and competitive martial artist, with degrees in Law and Psychology, he brings diverse knowledge and perspective to his work. He also can name the ingredients contained in any protein bar ever made.
“Erin has three distinct super powers. 1. After 15 years working in corporate HR/L&D she is a ninja at jargon translation; 2. After a decade of facilitation, she can read a room like a boss; and 3. She’s a Kiwi who can speak fluent ‘Strayan. No worries mate. Erin’s focus is helping leaders be the best they can be, enabling them to drive transformation and what consider behaviours that will embed long term change. After stints with a few ASX 100 listed companies, Erin now leads PT principles back to our big corporate partners.”
Bec obsesses about how to make the lights go on. Then she remembers you just flick a switch. But which switch? It’s that HUGE question that sees her spending her days knee-deep in program design and delivery. Bec’s background as a social scientist means she knows how to work with the energy of a room, yet as a Mum to a big mob of wonderfuls (7 kids!) she’s as yet to master the craziness of 6.00-7.30pm dinner/bath time.
Like wine? Good food? Love taking ah-mazing pictures of said wine and food? Then Mikey is now your mate. Check his Insta page…serious drool. Like cultural change? Want to see it strategised with a human touch that actually gets results? Then you and Mikey just became BFF’s. Equally at home in agile startups or huge corporate cultures, Mikey heads up our presence in Melbourne.
Beth is a bit like a Ninja – a radically ruthless assassin whose beaming smile belies a stealthy ability to execute. Fortunately, she’s a force for good and she directs her considerable talents towards designing and executing epic marketing campaigns, not actual people. She takes a similar approach to most things – she’s incredibly determined to succeed and does so with ease and grace. Beth is the definition of a keyboard warrior with an unbeaten office record of 93 wpm with 97% accuracy and yes, that 3% does keep her awake at night. Qualified in PR, communications and graphic design, we were beginning to think there wasn’t chink in her armour, until we witnessed her trying to navigate. Apparently directions aren’t her strong suit but we secretly reckon that’s Beth’s way of pretending not to be a true Ninja.
Mackayla is new to the PT crew but we’re already wondering what we ever did without her. As our Content Marketing Manager, she embodies the Instagram generation; tech-savvy, vivacious and a little bit of an over-sharer. She loves it and so do we. If we’re completely honest, it has taken us a while to embrace social media and for too long we thought ‘going viral’ was something to avoid, but Mackayla has us all posting, sharing, swiping and liking like we never have before and it’s actually kinda fun. The fact you’re reading this now is probably due to her passion and hustle, so cheers for that Mac.
Kym is an uber-talented creative who does much more than just schmick up our collaterals; she obsesses about engagement and workflow design. Having worked with some of the biggest brand agencies in Australia, we expected her to rock up Don Draper style on her first day; drinking Scotch at 10am in the morning. Turns out though, she has two little kids, so just craves adult company and LOTS of coffee.
We’re a little obsessive about our brand and creative design work, so it takes a very special human to earn the password to photoshop. We’ve known Marlis for a while now and love her work, it was only a matter of time (and a few persuasion tactics) before she joined the team. She’s been running her own design studio for the past nine years, is a self-confessed computer nerd and if her attention to detail is anything to go by, she may be a little OCD too. Marlis is an early riser who loves a surf, so if you don’t find her deep in vectors in our GC office, she’ll be deep in a Burleigh barrel.
Craig is the nicest bloke on the planet. We keep expecting his dark side, but he keeps showing up every day all rainbows and sunshine. He’s our designer of everything. From jumping into big visual identity work for some of our big projects to videography; to advising on print production… Craig also moves really fast. He’s an Aussie National Champion 400m sprinter, was Australia’s first Same-Sex marriage (got married at 12.01am when the law was passed) and avid youtube vlogger.