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)
As a proud Wakka Wakka man, and the Executive Director of Gilimbaa, David brings a lifetime of culture and connections to Gilimbaa. 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 former board member of the Queensland Museum Network, former 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.
Helga has over 20 years’ experience as an advertising communication specialist with a solid background in traditional and digital communication. She has worked in senior strategic roles with major advertising agencies across Australia, managing communication programs for a range of corporate, retail, government and not-for-profit organisations. She’s adept at initiating, leading and managing projects, no matter how large or small. Helga thrives on a challenge and is highly solution-focussed for Gilimbaa’s clients. She places a high priority on building relationships, by working closely with her team and clients to create an honest and collaborative environment.
Business Development Manager and Writer
Originally from Northern Ireland and now an adopted Queenslander, Paul has been a writer and editor since 2011 and has been published in a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and websites throughout Australia and overseas. He holds a Master of Communication and Bachelor of Journalism and Public Relations, and has experience writing for a range of industries including health, education, design, consulting, insurance, real estate and government. He has also worked as an in-house copywriter, content editor, freelance writer, and music journalist. Paul brings a unique blend of corporate and creative experience to the Gilimbaa team, as well as a keen eye for detail and a commitment to exceeding clients’ expectations.
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, including culturally appropriate campaigns for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences, large residential property developments, gambling, medicine, entertainment, retail and agriculture. Jo has held project management roles at a number of multi-national agencies in Sydney working on vehicular, aeronautical, telecommunications, FMCG and retail industries.
Jo’s extensive experience means 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.
Simon Carmichael (Quandamooka)
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.
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 she is well-versed in working with sensitive subject matter and with audiences who have particular communication needs, while she possesses the empathy required to be able to deliver powerful campaigns to a variety of audiences. Sophie is approachable and thorough and enjoys the teamwork required to get the job done.
Renée has over 18 years’ experience in communication design and has worn many hats: designer, art director, educator and mentor. She has extensive experience across a wide range of brands, with her main focus on branding and visual identity, campaign strategy, print and publication design, typography and web design, as well as five years’ experience in design education. Renée’s background as an educator informs her approach to creative problem-solving, learning and discovering along the way to creating unique solutions for her clients.
With seven years’ experience as a designer and creative, Stu has a wide knowledge of what makes brands and campaigns tick with his varied in-house studio background. He brings his broad experience and skillset to Gilimbaa, having worked within the sport and travel industries; understanding the importance of connecting with clients, stakeholders and customers alike. He is approachable and enthusiastic about a collaborative approach to the design process, coming to meaningful outcomes for his clients and believes in communicating a clear vision through his craft.