Our Team

We are a team of highly skilled professionals who have worked together over a number of years on international projects aimed at advancing human rights and environmental sustainability.

We have come together to offer a bespoke business development service centred on tailored communication platforms, resources and documents and integrated solutions.

We enjoy working with good people and are particularly keen to support those making positive contributions to society and the planet. We seek to align work to global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement.

We are a multidisciplinary team, collectively bringing the disciplines of Business, Communication, Art and Design, Science, Corporate Responsibility, Community Development, Sustainability, Languages and Translation and Interpretation to our service. 

Our experience runs from the local - microenterprises, small businesses and community projects through to regional and international - multi-sector inititatives and development projects. We have worked across all sectors - business, community, government, international agencies, civil society and academia.

We work globally. Respectively, we have experience working in Europe, Latin America and the Carribean, the USA, Australia, Asia and the Pacific. All projects can be supported by specialist language translation services in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. This enables that critical bridge to be built between local and regional initiatives and international partners and funders.

We enjoy making the complex simple and take pride in applying our skills to the creation of products that build business - resources that are professional, high impact, inter-connected and reflect organisations clearly and truthfully.

Through working well together, the project experience is made as seamless for our clients as possible.

Core areas of responsibility:

We draw in trusted others to work with us as required.

Follow our profiles below for detail of our skills and experience and examples of projects.

Elizabeth Ryan

I live in Australia, between Victoria's capital, Melbourne and a beautiful country town in northern NSW called Bellingen.

Coming from a business management background, I have a specialist focus on partnership development and multi-sector initiatives.

Much of this interest and experience was developed during the seven years that I worked as Deputy Director of the United Nations Global Compact - Cities Programme.

Managing an international secretariat focused on cities and regions overcoming critical challenges through cross-sectoral collaboration, provided me with rich experience of sustainable urban development.

It also gave me the opportunity to work with remarkable people in countries across the world. I learnt so much.

Now, when working with organisations to help advance their business, I use a blend of these newer collaborative and participatory approaches with 'tried and true' business development and relationship management systems and a range of communication platforms.

As well as a passion for collaboration, I like to help align good work with the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda, the SDGs.

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Melissa Postma

I am a business analyst and communication manager. I have over 15 years experience supporting businesses and organisations to enhance how they do business and implement improvements to meet changing needs and environments.

I have worked in the finance, biotech, government (national and regional), conservation, fashion and University sectors.

An Aussie, originally from warm Western Australia, I have recently made the chilly but beautiful city of Dunedin in New Zealand my home. 

I enjoy working in dynamic environments and my key skills are business analytics, the development of systems, problem solving, stakeholder management, communication, user experience design and web and document design.

My big driver is fairness, I believe all should have equal opportunity.

And I am big on process improvement and aesthetics - I really like beauty, balance, efficiency and order.

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Steven Harris

I am a graphic designer and web developer currently calling Brisbane home. I have more than fifteen years design experience.

I love a challenge - it keeps me interested. Coming up with solutions, platforms and tools that help clients to grow their business is the most rewarding part of what I do. 

Through designing both the front end visuals and the html framework - combined with developing an understanding of the organisation's challenges and aims - I am able to develop platforms that matches the business or consultancy's needs and goals and supports growth.

I have developed my own web Content Management System (CMS). It is super easy to use, comparable to the free off-the-shelf products, but its flexibility means that design changes and customisation can happen along the journey without big expensive rebuilds. It works out to be great value. And it's so simple, you can even edit your site from a mobile.

I am also an artist and illustrator and complement my digital projects with desktop publishing and design of logos, brochures and other collateral.

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Fiona Thiessen

I am a specialist translator and interpretor. An Australian who recently returned to my hometown of Melbourne, I have lived in Colombia for more than a decade and am fluent in the spanish language.

As well as working with women´s health in Bogotá and other social justice projects, I studied two postgraduate degrees. One was a Specialist in Translation and the other a Masters of Geography - both undertaken in Spanish language.

These studies built on my Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology), attained from Monash University in Melbourne.  I also have a Diploma of Policy, Land and Territories from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

My passions are human rights, environmental conservation and gender equality.

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Keila Lopes

Brazilian by birth, Australian by nurture, I am proud to call myself a world citizen who is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

After obtaining two Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Languages in Brazil, France was the choice for my Master’s degree in Iberian, Iberian-American and Italian Studies. I currently live in Brussels and I have also had the pleasure of calling Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore home. 

I have worked across sectors, from Education to Administration and Communication, bringing to them my drive for new challenges and collaborating in multidisciplinary groups. My professional stamp is timely and accurate performance, commitment and energy,  a 'can-do',  joyful - some would say Brazilian - approach.

Languages and communication are my passion. For me, a well translated text not only conveys the meaning and the tone of the original document but also remains appropriate to the target readers.

I am looking forward to putting my skills to the service of new projects that make the dream of a better world, united by the power of shared great ideas, a reality.

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Our Services

Our integrated communication and engagement service includes:

  • business development support - scopes, pitches, proposals, project plans, submissions, reports
  • engagement support - tools, templates, advice and writing services to build relationships with partners, community, clients, funders
  • website development - tailored to business function and client/audience - with a user-friendly, easily adapted CMS
  • graphic design - identity and branding, logos, icons, diagrams
  • desktop publishing - from brochures to books, inc. style guides, templates
  • writing - copy, editing and proof - for web, press, social media, print
  • translation -  Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages - with specialist experience in environmental sustainability, social justice, the sciences and community initiatives.

Our Approach

COLLABORATION - We work as a team and we like to work in partnership with others. We will consult with you throughout the process, working together to build the picture that best represents you and what you are working to achieve. We also support the collaboration of others and have expertise in multi-partner initiatives.

CONVERSATION - We won't expect you to walk in the door with all the solutions. It is our job to draw that out. We would prefer to hear about your challenges - and your dreams. We ask questions like " what are you working to achieve?"..... rather than "what style would you prefer?"

KNOWING YOUR BUSINESS - Our aim is to help you grow your business or program. Before we start on your project we will work to develop an understanding of your organisation, the environment you are working in and what you are working towards. That knowledge will progress with the project - and subsequent projects.

CONTEXT - Through our conversations - and a little further research - we will build a picture of the people you are communicating to - funding bodies, clients and customers, partners, staff. We will look at their needs, priorities and story. This is to make sure we help you to really hit the mark.

INTELLIGENT - We bring an objective eye to your operation and are likely to make suggestions along the project journey. We will look at all options to tell your story - making sure it is connected, consistent and has impact. We look more deeply and will talk about readability, unpack 'jargon', ask about partners and benefit, provide advice on structure, make suggestions for additional tools and approaches.  We will also help you to use reporting systems to track the impact of your communication.

NARRATIVE -  With you, we will draw 'the gold' from the complexity of what you do and develop a consistent narrative. A story that reflects you, your values and what you deliver. This narrative will weave through the communication product/s and is a messaging that you should be able to deliver in person.

ONE POINT OF CONTACT - To keep the process streamline, these conversations will be between one person in your organisation and one person in our team.

Our approach is holistic.
It's not just about words and pictures.

To those we add creative thinking and research
- a peppering of political and business nous -
and many years of experience working with people and organisations
contributing to a better world.