Our team

Our team has been formed to bring cultural, creative and management expertise into the creative process. Our business is built on the fundamental understanding that innovation comes from collaboration. Gilimbaa’s great joy is in forming strong partnerships and working hand in hand with community and clients to achieve lasting creative impacts.

David Williams (Wakka Wakka)

Co-Founder / Director / Performer

As a proud Wakka Wakka man, and the Co-Founder and Director of Gilimbaa, David brings a lifetime of culture and connections that lie at the heart of the outcomes delivered by the highly skilled and experienced Gilimbaa team. David was influenced by his immediate family and his Elders who encouraged him to use his creative skills as a tool to connect his culture to the wider community. With over 15 years as a cultural performer working locally, nationally and internationally David uses creativity as an effective tool of 21st century cultural communication. David has built strong community networks that are fundamental to Gilimbaa’s ability to deliver meaningful and culturally appropriate communication strategy, design, artwork, and campaigns. David has a unique capability to walk in two worlds, influencing in the boardrooms nationally and internationally, with the same ease as he connects with community.

Amanda Lear

Managing Director / Director of Strategy

As Co-Founder and Managing Director of Gilimbaa, Amanda has spent the last decade leading the team, working with communities and clients to drive social change though community focused creative strategy. As the 2013 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Private Sector QLD) Amanda is a champion of diversity and inclusion, regularly speaking at conferences nationally and internationally on the power of community in the creative process, gender equity, human rights and her lessons and learning’s as an entrepreneur. She is a member of UN Women Australia and one of the first Global Ambassadors for Rare Birds – Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

Jack Tierney

Art Director / Illustrator

Gilimbaa’s Art Director and illustrator Jack Tierney thrives on leading and working with the team to deliver unforgettable creative outcomes time and time again. He has a Diploma of Visual Arts and a Diploma of Graphic Design/Advertising and his passion lies equally in design and illustration. Jack’s previous experience at some of Australia’s largest advertising firms has taken Gilimbaa creative capacity to the next level. Jack has a deep passion for community collaboration and this commitment shines through his strong creative vision and impeccable attention to detail

Caz Vize

Gilimbaa’s Group Project Manager Caz Vize is a guru of production management. With more than 20 years’ experience in the creative industry, Caz drives and manages Gilimbaa’s delivery. She’s worked alongside some of Australia and New Zealand’s top creative agencies and we’re delighted to have her on board, working with the Gilimbaa creative team to get the best outcomes for our clients. Caz will make sure your project stays on track in terms of time and budget. She’s a good listener and quick to understand the needs and concerns of everyone involved in a creative project. She’s the glue that binds a project team together — from clients, to the creative team, to suppliers — and will make sure things go smoothly from concept through to delivery.

Jenna Lee (Larrakia)

Senior Graphic Designer / Artist

Jenna is a proud Larrakia woman with a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication Design and Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art. As Gilimbaa’s lead artist Jenna’s creative practice is strongly influenced by her heritage, drawing on the rich artistic practices of her Larrakia ancestors. Jenna specialises in Aboriginal artwork and design, in particular, investigating new methods and technologies to celebrate her ancient culture in the modern day. Jenna approaches each project with energy and enthusiasm, delighting in finding a unique and tailored approached to every creative brief.

Rachael Sarra (Goreng Goreng)

Graphic Designer / Artist

Rachael is an Indigenous artist, designer and illustrator, originating from the Bunda People in Goreng Goreng Country. As a gifted creative, Rachael’s fresh ideas and critical eye bring enormous value to Gilimbaa’s concept development process. Having proven her talent on high profile campaigns for Google, NITV, QUT, Brisbane City Council and various Government Departments, Rachael continues to flourish, working on all aspects of concept development, design, and finished artwork. Her knowledge and experience of Aboriginal culture and drive to make a real difference is at the heart of all of work and the fuel of her creative process.

Elisa Jane Carmichael (Quandamooka)

Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island and is passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Elisa has exhibited as an artist nationally and internationally and now joins the Gilimbaa team as our artist in residence. She is currently spending the year in Alice Springs working on our Connecting Waves project.

Ella McGregor

Project Manager

Ella is a safe pair of hands when it comes to project management. Qualifications in communications, together with a breadth of experience managing stakeholders across several industries has provided Ella an extensive commercial acumen, enabling a quick understanding of clients’ business needs. International experience with large media organisations has given Ella the ability to see things from a different angle. Ella’s capacity to understand the complexities of community creative processes see Gilimbaa project’s come to life managing both expectation of community and clients.

Katherine Ogg

Graphic Designer / Project Manager

Originally from rural New Zealand, Katherine has developed — through her experience in the Maori community — a strong appreciation for the important role Indigenous culture plays in design. Her outstanding design talent and strong project management skills bring a unique blend of skill to Gilimbaa’s creative team. Within the Gilimbaa team, Katherine is dedicated to supporting clients’ experience through the creative journey and ensuring delivery of the highest quality design to every project.