Darren Taylor has helped hundreds of organisations – from traditional family-run businesses to not-for-profits to mature multinationals to start-ups – to develop and grow their brand to compete in a global environment.
Darren is that rare entrepreneur who listens as well as he speaks, whose facilitation workshops and brand models are exercises in creativity that elicit laughter as well as insight. He champions self-examination and transformation as essential processes for any organisation wishing to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.
Educated at Swinburne University of Technology and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Darren joined ArtWords, where he worked with the University of Melbourne, ARC Special Research Centres and important not-for-profit organisations such as Centacare, Kildonan and Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria before starting his own agency.
He is an accomplished pianist and pipe organist and serves on the national board of Musica Viva Australia. He is a pro-bono adviser to the Indigenous Art Code and Koala Kids, and a mentor to young marketing professionals. His other interests include visual arts, the Melbourne restaurant scene and stimulating conversation. Darren works directly with a select group of clients because he values personal relationships and understanding businesses intimately over time.
Our clients find it comforting that on mission-critical projects they have a direct line to Darren. But Darren is able to also compete with the big firms by taking advantage of digital technology and partnering with international resources, and he would use his excellent network on your behalf.
Simon has over 15 years experience in the advertising and design industries.
He’s worked on large brand campaigns for the biggest brands in Australia and abroad. Including branding, print, online and digital design and is an early adopter of the latest evolutions in media. Being involved in all stages of the design process has helped develop a balance of strategy and intuition in his approach to problem solving, the ultimate goal being outcomes with conceptual integrity and commercial success.
Sheila was born in Italy with a pencil in her hand, well almost.
She would create her own comic books, and her passion for drawing evolved into a love for graphic design. She moved to Australia in 2002 and followed her dream to have a career in the design and marketing industry. She’s worked on online adverting, brand development and real estate and brings an easy going, a little bit quirky and always determined edge to every project she works on. She loves travelling, dancing and cooking Italian meals, of course.
Heather has been at Taylor & Grace (wearing many different hats) since 2007.
She keeps operations moving and is an integral part of the team. Her can-do hands-on efficiency is a much-appreciated talent. She is an expert in organising others having raised four busy children, one of them she still keeps a close eye on every day, that’s Darren. To unwind after a productive day, Heather likes to have a go at any sort of craftwork and spend time with her grandchildren.
Maree has been part of the Taylor & Grace team since 2009.
With a longstanding career in advertising, media, public relations and events finance Maree is an invaluable part of the Taylor & Grace team.
David is a highly experienced business and management consultant working throughout Asia Pacific for over two decades, servicing a variety of industries, ranging from banking to consumer goods to hi-tech manufacturing to governments.
Some of the clients he’s worked with include State Government of Western Australia, Fuji Xerox, Standard Chartered Bank, Guangzhou International Airport, Boeing, CLP Power (EnergyAustralia’s parent), HTC, and Samsonite. In recent years, he has been working closely with property developers in sales and marketing. He is also an author, speaker, investor, property expert, and philanthropist.
Craig has 20 plus years’ experience as a brand design and advertising manager across all elements of brand development, print, production, direct mail, stills photography, video production, CRM and CGI animation.
Craig is a calm, relaxed and a solution focused manager. He has extensive experience in managing design, studio, marketing, advertising and production teams. He deals with both clients and suppliers on a daily basis to ensure projects are completed on brief, on time and within budget.
Over his career he has worked with agencies such as Clemenger BBDO, Badjar Ogilvy and J Walter Thompson.
He was worked on key brands such as BMW, NAB, Mercedes, Cadbury Schweppes, TAC, Bendigo Bank, Myer, Nestle and Australia Post.
Dezi has been working within both small and larger agencies for the past 9 years. An experienced Senior Account Manager, she has worked across key clients such as NAB, Bunnings Warehouse, Carlton United Breweries, William Hill, Lenovo and Western Digital.
A quirky, invaluable and approachable team player with a ‘can do’ attitude who is also tenacious and determined. Proven to successfully execute impactful ATL and BTL campaigns delivering results for her clients.
She comes highly credited having completed Mark Ritson’s Mini NBA and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).
A lover of excel spreadsheets, and passionate about making a difference to her client base.
Mark Schreiber is an award-winning novelist.
He graduated high school three years early and has been writing full-time ever since. His novel Princes in Exile was published in 10 countries and made into a film. For the last two years he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents, publishing books, creating apps and working with Taylor & Grace as a writer and brand strategist.
Anne Derham’s impressive history of consulting has left no part of the communication spectrum untouched, whether it’s the client, agency or consultant side.
One of Australia’s pioneers in digital interactive communication and a practitioner of facilitative leadership (through Interaction Associates in Boston), she has held senior roles with Australia’s largest production house, AAV-Australia, Ford Australia, Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and been contracted to various government and tourism industry bodies in both Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania at Director level.
Jacqui Louw is a senior market research professional and management consultant with over 20 years experience in applying quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to the development of organisational and business strategies.
Her expertise includes survey design, quantitative and qualitative data collection, data analysis, visualisation and reporting. Jacqui has worked in a wide range of industries such as education, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, HR, healthcare and government.
Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MPhil in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Don Gregg is a business strategy expert with 30 years experience crafting and implementing impactful business strategies in a range of industries.
Early in his career he worked with global strategy firm The Boston Consulting Group and consulted to some of Australia’s leading companies.
Then in a variety of GM/CEO roles he delivered results which often included doubling revenues, profits and business value over 2-3 years.
As a strategic growth consultant for the past 5 years, Don facilitates development of simple and embraced strategic plans and assists business leaders with steering the course to maximum success.
Always sketching, observing and critiquing, Mark’s passion for drawing and a love of historic architecture is never far away. In fact that passion has seen him attract quite a following of his work, with around 147,000 people following Mark on Instagram.
Mark’s aesthetic obsession formalised with an honours degree in Graphic Design. He began his advertising career at Box Emery & Partners then spent a year at Young & Rubicam London. Upon his return he settled back into Box Emery, before setting up his own advertising and design firm and three children later, he made the move to Y&R Mattingly Melbourne.
Mark was made Head of Design and concurrently worked as Senior Art Director on many campaigns including Defence Force Recruiting, Boag’s Premium, Fosters brands, City of Melbourne, Coles, Melbourne Docklands and various Cadbury Schweppes products, Caulfield Racecourse, numerous Government campaigns including ‘Go For Your Life’ and’ Black Balloons’.
Mark has worked on Mercedes Benz, Dulux, Mars, Fonterra brands, NAB, Australia Post, Startrack, Federal Government (Defence Force, Country of Origin Food labelling), National Broadband Network, BUPA and many more.
James or Jimmy’s 30 years in the advertising industry has seen him work on an incredibly diverse range of clients – from Holden and Telstra to Mobil, Coles/Myer, the Australian Government, National Broadband Network and Mercedes-Benz.
More recently James’ passion for all things technical saw him heading up the Australian Defence Force account for eight years creating an immense amount of award winning work for the Navy, Army, Air Force and Army Reserve across TV, radio, print, direct mail, brochures, online and much more.
During his time at Clemenger BBDO, James has headed up the Mercedes-Benz account with Mark Poulier and as a team have worked on Yellow Pages, Crown Casino, National Australia Bank, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Mars brands, Origin Energy and the National Broadband Network, amongst others. More recently James was a Creative Group Head at M&C Saatchi working with Mark on the Lexus and CPA Australia accounts.
Gabrielle is senior marketing leader with a reputation for successfully commercialising high profile brands and delivering results through customer-centric creativity, strategic thinking and operational agility.
Gabrielle offers over 20 years’ experience working across FMCG, Retail and Services brands such as Max Factor, CoverGirl, Qantas, Cadbury Schweppes, GSK, Bupa, B2C and B2B. She has worked on state government work for TAC, VLine and VicRoads as well as Federal Government work Australian Defence Force.
Her expertise includes consumer insights and strategy, brand strategy and planning, marketing strategy and planning, digital strategy and operations, customer data & analytics, sponsorship strategy and activation, advertising strategy, marketing communications, retail marketing and integrated Multi-media campaigns (traditional and digital) .
Jack Room is a consultant whose career started in Melbourne at international advertising agency JWT in 1970.
He is a multi-award winning Television Art Director who has owned design companies in London and managed the creative output of one of the world’s largest multi-national agencies. In 1987 he co-founded BADJAR, which grew to become Australia’s largest wholly owned advertising and brand agency. Jack is an Honorary Life member of the Melbourne Art Directors and Designers Club.
David Campbell is Managing Partner of Horton International in Australia, a leading global executive search business with a network of more than 40 offices.
He has a wealth of experience recruiting very senior management roles working closely with a select group of clients. Previous roles include Director at Leo Burnett Advertising and General Manager of Grey Advertising, among others. David is a past Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce, and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ernest Stabek has over 20 years national and international experience in business management and projects.
He is a professional facilitator with experience across a broad range of strategic interventions, and has conducted numerous strategic reviews for clients across critical business areas. He also has general executive management and ICT management experience across a broad range of government and non-government organisations. He is the principal founding consultant of S.I.P. Management Consultants, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, Fellow CPA and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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