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.
A consummate project manager, Michelle Eden leads our creative team and is responsible for the delivery of creative output.
She has established herself as a talented creative industry leader with 14 years experience working in the graphic design, advertising and product design industries. In her role she consults across the property and professional services sectors in particular. She is driven by her passion to grow businesses.
Michelle leads a creative team whose design expertise is extensive, including brand and logo design, publications design, packaging, document templates, animation, iconography, photography, digital media and other multimedia assets, signage and management of all types of printing.
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.
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.
Johann Ponnampalam founded Decision Design with the principal aim of using science to create business impact.
For many years Johann led an insights and analytics consulting capability focused on supporting profitable growth via gaining market share and margin. Johann was responsible for the development, sales and delivery of consulting services designed to support growth through new customer acquisition. Johann is a trusted adviser to blue chip corporations in Australia and the USA across product and services markets.
Johann is an Associate Professor at Deakin University, where his focus is on applied Behavioural Science and brokering partnerships between academia and industry. Johann’s qualifications include a PhD that spans System 1&2 Processing, Choice Modelling and Evolutionary Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Hons (summa cum laude).
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.
Karen Gately is a passionate optimist with unwavering belief in the power of the human spirit.
An author, speaker, adviser and educator in the fields of human performance and leadership, Karen brings a fresh perspective to what it takes to be a successful manager of people. Advocating an approach focused on leveraging both talent and energy, Karen shows leaders how to drive performance through inspiring, results-based leadership.
Over the span of her corporate career Karen has worked in client service, strategy and planning as well as quality management leadership roles. In 2006, after eight years with The Vanguard Group where she was the head of human resources for the Asia Pacific region, Karen founded Ryan Gately, an HR consultancy with offices in Melbourne and Brisbane. Together with her team Karen works with organisations large and small across a broad range of industries to support them to build and leverage talented and energised teams. Karen’s approach is deeply rooted in the 25 years she spent training and teaching karate. A multiple times winner of state, national and international titles, Karen was also a highly accomplished tournament karate competitor.
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.
Harold Melnick is a veteran consultant based in Sydney whose varied interests include team leadership, sales, marketing, global business development, change management and cultural development.
He has held many positions in his distinguished career, including Senior Manager for Telstra and Worldwide Business Development Manager for Microsoft.
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