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 a unique capability to walk in two worlds, influencing in the boardrooms nationally and internationally, with the same ease as he connects with community.

David is also a Board Member of the Queensland Museum Network, Chairperson of the Queensland Museum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee, a member of the Microsoft Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group, and Indigenous Advisory Group Member for the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

Amanda Lear

Creative Director / 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

Tarni O’Shea (South Sea Islands / Butchulla)

Graphic Designer / Artist

Tarni O’Shea, is strongly inspired by the role of design in representing her Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, Tarni explores new ways of visual storytelling, creating meaningful work which continues to strengthen her connection back to her culture.

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 Sarra believes in the power that art plays to tell a story and to allow people to explore complex ideas in an engaging and inclusive way.  As an Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael draws on her heritage to produce pieces that are steeped in culture while being contemporary and future facing.

Rachael’s talent has resulted in the development of exquisite artwork for a range of high profile clients including, Kmart Australia, Stem.I.Am for Google, Australia Post, Australian Law Reform Commission and various Government Departments. Rachael uses her role as an artist to create pieces that can become a vehicle for change by helping to connect and celebrate culture. It is this belief that lies at the very centre of her creative process.

Simon Carmichael (Quandamooka)

Project Manager

Simon is a proud descendant of the Quandamooka people.  He is passionate about celebrating and sharing culture as a means to build Reconciliation.  He is highly experienced in unpacking projects with a cultural lens and crafting outcomes of cultural significance. Simon’s diverse project management experiences spanning over 10 years across various sectors and government agencies have equipped him with a sharp and versatile skill set.  He seamlessly drives project development and delivery at both a macro and micro level, and has a strong grasp of strategic processes that will ensure your project meets its time, cost, scope and quality parameters.

Jo Callachor

Project Manager

Jo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in a project management capacity since moving to Brisbane 15 years ago, and has worked on a wide variety of industries and subject matter for the Federal Government working on culturally appropriate campaigns for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience, large residential property developments, gambling, the medical profession, entertainment, retail and agriculture.

Prior to moving to Brisbane Jo held project management roles at a number of multi-national agencies in Sydney working on vehicular, aeronautical, telecommunications, FMCG and retail industries – to name a few. With Jo’s extensive experience she brings a fresh approach to developing and delivering culturally appropriate campaigns to Gilimbaa’s portfolio of clients.  Her passion is dealing direct with clients, building a great working relationship and making sure they have an excellent experience in the development of their campaigns. She does so by bringing calm and cohesion whilst keeping jobs running on time and on budget. Across the wealth of accounts Jo has worked on, she feels most connected with briefs that contribute to making the world a better place.

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.

Sophie Mor

Project Manager

Sophie has had a career in media communications that spans over a decade and three continents. Having worked with a suite of globally recognised brands, she has extensive experience in managing a wide range of stakeholders with diverse requirements. Her experience in working with Government Departments and with marginal communities in Africa, means that she is well versed in working with sensitive subject matter and with audiences who have special communication needs, while possessing the empathy required to be able to deliver powerful campaigns to these audiences. She is approachable and thorough and enjoys the teamwork required to get the job done!

Niqui Branchu

Senior Designer

Niqui is passionate about innovative design solutions and joins Gilimbaa as a creative with over 15 years in the advertising and design industry. Throughout her career she has held senior positions in both advertising agencies and corporate in-house art departments. She has worked in Brisbane, Sydney and France with international brands over a variety of sectors – specialising in brand development and rollout as well as creative campaigns.

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.