A strategic communications advisory

Brisbane  |  Cairns  |  Papua New Guinea

People and experience

The team at Colony Group is as diverse as the brands we’ve worked on. We are a collection of internationally award-winning creatives, strategists, developers and marketers with brand experience from all over the globe. It’s this combined knowledge, along with decades of insights and learnings, that informs our approach to every new project, no matter how big or how small.

Strategy and planning

We dive deep into your business and learn as much as possible – and then even a bit more – about your audience and what motivates them. What are the simple human truths behind the decisions they make? And what’s the actual business problem we need to solve? Then we work with you to create a strategy and a creative product that works its tail off to move your business forward.

MATT McCARTHY

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

DIRECTOR
Matt and Katelyn started Colony Group in 2013. Together they’ve grown the team to over 20 people.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Matt has worked across multiple industries in international markets covering Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States, and the South Pacific.

CONTACT MATT
matt.mccarthy@colonygroupltd.com

Katelyn Woolley

CAIRNS

DIRECTOR
Katelyn is the driving force in keeping the team focused and on target to deliver positive results for our partners.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Katelyn brings a wealth of international knowledge when it comes to social media, online content and managing creative execution. Her experience expands across retail, telecommunications, health and foundations.

CONTACT KATELYN
katelyn.woolley@colonygroupltd.com

Clinton White

BRISBANE

GENERAL MANAGER AUSTRALIA
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Clinton heads up the Brisbane office and has an extensive track record in building and aligning organisations to achieve excellence.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Clinton brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing leadership experience, including almost 10 years in senior management roles at the Walt Disney Company in Australia and the United States.

CONTACT CLINTON
clinton.white@colonygroupltd.com

Tasman Samuel

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

GENERAL MANAGER PNG
DIRECTOR OF NEW BUSINESS

Tasman looks after the PNG office and brings with him a vast network from both the public and private sectors.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Tasman has 25 years of corporate background specialising in media, telecommunications and major events. His more recent leadership roles were at Digicel PNG and EMTV, PNG’s leading free-to-air television station.

CONTACT TASMAN
tasman.samuel@colonygroupltd.com

Creative

There’s a famous ad guy who said, “People read what interests them. Sometimes it’s an ad.” We couldn’t agree more. We use strategy and planning to create an understanding and empathy for the consumer, then it’s our job to create something interesting that they will engage with. Sometimes it’s a challenge, usually it’s a lot of fun, and it’s always rewarding.

Jasmin Budden

CAIRNS

SENIOR DESIGNER
Jasmin has over 10 years of experience working in design and marketing roles. Her strong attention to detail and clean style of design will help bring your ideas to life.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
From business start-ups to multinationals, Jasmin has worked with a wide range of brands across various industries.

Lisa Caudell

BRISBANE

ART DIRECTOR
Lisa has 20 years of creative and production experience across a diverse array of projects and industries in both Australia and the UK. She is also an avid painter and illustrator.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Lisa has created and produced award-winning work across multiple mediums including advertising, design, branding and integrated multimedia campaigns.

Trisha Curtis

BRISBANE

SENIOR DESIGNER
Trisha has been producing original, clever ideas for more than 20 years across categories like fashion and beauty, electronics, telcos, retail and publishing. She loves building and fostering positive relationships with clients to help build their brands.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Working across multiple industries and mediums, Trisha brings experience ranging from Rio Tinto and Vodafone to Queensland Health and the Australian Medical Association.

Victoria Jadore

BRISBANE

SENIOR DESIGNER
With more than 10 years as a designer, Victoria has a savvy sense of style that can adapt to any situation or project.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
She has worked across a wide range of clients and media from local small businesses to multinational corporations.

Samara Leung

BRISBANE

SENIOR DESIGNER
Samara is an accomplished designer and photographer with more than 15 years of experience. With a focus on innovative and collaborative design, she loves to help brands connect and engage with their intended audiences.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Having worked with global brands including Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, JB-HiFi, Billabong and Jetstar, Samara brings a wealth of experience and creative firepower to the Colony Group team.

Alex Maher

CAIRNS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Alex is an accomplished musician, author, cartoonist and video junkie. When he isn’t working on the next concept or ad campaign you will find him daydreaming of his next story, sitting on the keyboard banging out a tune or two or trying not to fall off his motorcycle.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Across 30 years in the business, Alex has worked on a vast array of brands including Lego, The 2000 Olympics, PlayStation, IBM, Polygram, GIO and Tony Robbins. He has also had many years in the travel and tourism industry including designing the Macau Fringe Festival and the 60th Macau Grand Prix Exhibition which then went on to become an international exhibition.

Jack Morgan

BRISBANE

DESIGNER
With a strong work ethic and quick to learn, Jack brings a fresh perspective and plays a vital role as a designer in our Brisbane office.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Jack has worked with a number of major clients including Solentis International and telco company ‘Vonex’.

Jim Strachan

BRISBANE

SENIOR CREATIVE
Jim’s an award-winning art director and writer who’s worked across North America, New Zealand and Australia for more than 20 years.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Having worked on everything from Coca-Cola to the mum and pop corner stores that sell it, Jim has a keen sense for creating smart advertising that truly engages and builds brands.

SOCIAL MEDIA

It starts with understanding your audience. And you’ll need to keep that audience engaged. To do it right, you need immediate feedback to know if you’re hitting your mark. If not, you need to react quickly or you’ll sink like a lead balloon. Is this public speaking? No, it’s rocket surgery. No, wait, it’s social media management. Same stuff, really.

April Backhouse

BRISBANE

SOCIAL MEDIA / ACCOUNT MANAGER
April has been working with Australia’s top fashion retail brands for more than six years. No matter what the project or medium, her keen eye for detail and creative solutions have helped create successful business solutions.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
April has experience working with multiple Australian and international brands.

Kayla Downey

BRISBANE

SOCIAL MEDIA / ACCOUNT MANAGER
Kayla has worked in various digital media roles and developed strategies, social media campaigns and digital marketing solutions for a wide variety of Australian companies.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
She has provided strong management and creative thinking to major brands across the country as well as start ups like The Uterus Project.

Nickson Nagle

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY
A photographer and artist, Nickson plays a critical role in our Port Moresby office.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Nickson has worked with major brands throughout Papua New Guinea.

Rudickson Saiwi

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Rudickson is Colony Group’s social media guru and media liaison in Port Moresby. His Rolodex is a veritable who’s who of radio, TV and other major communications across the country.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
He has experience working with government and telecommunications clients throughout PNG.

Account Management

Job description: know everything there is to know about your clients, their brand, their business and their consumers. Also, juggle multiple projects, be in three places at once, ensure the quality of the work never falters, and be the go-to business partner that makes everything go off like clockwork. Oh, and please do this all at the same time.

Pffft…No problem.

Amee Belen

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

ACCOUNT MANAGER
This short-but-sweet cappuccino lover loves to create and carry out award-winning ideas for brands that are meaningful in everyday lives.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Amee has extensive experience in developing and executing communication strategies with major brands including General Motors, Intel Corp and Brian Bell Group.

Leon Gawi

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

SPONSORSHIPS DIRECTOR

Deanna Maladina

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

ACCOUNT MANAGER
Deanna brings a young, energetic and passionate approach to everything she touches – from processes and systems to client relations.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Deanna offers a wide array of experience including video production and editing as well as airtime sales for PNG’s premier broadcasting station, EMTV.

Luisa Wilhelmi

CAIRNS

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Luisa has worked across Europe, Australia and Papua New Guinea and boasts a successful track record of developing and managing campaigns and building memorable brands.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
She has a diverse background working with international brands including outdoor clothing labels such as Killtec and The North Face.

Digital and IT

Nothing happens without these guys. They help bring our brands to life with a wide array of digital, social media and IT services. Jacob makes a great flat white too!

Jacob Anderson

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

IT SPECIALIST
Jacob’s ardour for all things IT has kept him in the fast lane of the rapidly changing IT industry. As a Director of Cyber Corp and Asia-Pacific Communications, he recently worked to deliver APEC’s communication infrastructure while Papua New Guinea stood on the world stage.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
With a successful record on both sides of the Coral Sea, Jacob has knocked over IT goals for everything from Australia’s leading retailers to small company start-ups and government bodies.

Nick Verburgt

BRISBANE

ONLINE MANAGER / DEVELOPER
With more than 15 years of experience across Australia and Europe, Nick offers top-end development chops as well as award-winning skills as a designer, illustrator, animator and photographer.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Nick has worked his magic for brands such as Audi, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Queensland Government, Griffith University, Tabcorp and Brisbane City Council.

Adam Wolfs

BRISBANE

ONLINE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
With a desire to create great things, Adam uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to always find the best end result.

BRAND EXPERIENCE
Adam has kicked goals for clients all over Australasia.

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