Founder and Managing Director
A passionate and energetic communicator by nature, Felicity believes the key to business communications success is a strategic integrated approach, great culture and leadership. Felicity is inspired by supporting the growth and development of companies through excellent communications – the foundation of Zadro.
Backstory: Felicity originally studied journalism and social sciences and worked in research and community-based organisations. She then went on to obtain a Masters in Communications Management. Felicity saw a need to bring integrated marketing communications to businesses and founded Zadro in 2007.
What you didn’t know: Felicity completed a thesis on The Role of Metaphor in Managing Culture which resulted in winning the CARMA Asia Pacific Region Public Relations Award for Academic Excellence in 2005.
Marlise is passionate about providing superior client service and making the client’s life easier. Working closely with her clients, Marlise immerses herself in their brand and business to develop a deep understanding of everything it represents and to ensure effective integrated strategic communications can be delivered. Highly organised and process driven, Marlise can successfully project manage multiple tasks, teams and stakeholders; meeting deadlines and adapting to the dynamic business environment.
Backstory: A strong career in agency account management servicing high-profile clients across different industries, Marlise is well-versed in the agency requirements of some of the world’s biggest companies, delivering projects on time and on budget.
What you didn’t know: Into all things health and fitness, Marlise has taken to the stage to compete in Figure in bodybuilding, taking home 11 medals, including 4 Gold!
Simone has a thorough understanding of marketing principles and how to effectively apply them to plan and deliver meaningful and measurable results. Process and problem-solving driven, Simone is customer-centric and always brings a proactive approach.
Backstory:With a BA in Communications, specialising in Advertising, Simone has over 15 years’ account management experience in creative and media agencies. Having developed skills which include media, creative and communication strategy, Simone has worked across multiple categories from commercial and residential property to entertainment. She has strong B2B and branding experience in digital, print, press, outdoor and activation platforms.
What you didn’t know: An insatiable thirst for knowledge sees Simone exploring art galleries and museums most of her free time (favourite school of arts include conceptualism, abstract expressionism and sensationalism). This also bodes well for weekly trivia, where her strengths are art, music, geography and pop culture.
Group Account Director
Debbie is a savvy PR and communications professional, and an integral member of the Zadro team. She assists organisations to achieve their communications objectives through her expertise in PR strategy, planning, digital strategy and marketing.
Backstory: With a BA (Hons) in Marketing, Debbie is a confident and highly motivated PR and communications specialist, who has worked in the industry for 15 years. She is experienced in both B2B and B2C, her achievements encompass a range of sectors including pharma, FMCG, corporate events, transport, IT and pet care.
What you didn’t know: Debbie was born and bred in Leeds in the UK and is a passionate lifelong supporter of Leeds United Football Club. During her travels she made the famous Yellowtail Wine at Casella winery and was once an aspiring drummer.
Mellanie has a distinct artistic ability, ensuring the consistent delivery of innovative design concepts which exceed client expectations. With a decade of experience, Mellanie brings a wealth of knowledge to the discipline of design and enjoys working closely with the Zadro team, adopting an integrated approach to projects.
Backstory: Mellanie studied communications design and previously worked for two of the largest full service agencies in North Queensland. She’s had experience working with both corporate and consumers brands with a special focus on brand identity.
What you didn’t know: Mellanie’s favourite pantone colour is 313C – or more commonly known as teal.
Senior Account Manager
Jessica has an extensive background in customer service and joined our team in January 2016 after a successful internship. Her knowledge of journalism, linguistics and customer service gives Jessica a unique opportunity to support the Zadro team across many areas.
Backstory: Jessica joined us through our internship program, she has several degrees in Journalism and English – having worked across various areas of PR and marketing, Jessica has proven to be advantageous for the Zadro team.
What you didn’t know: Jessica is an avid reader, she enjoys all books from science fiction to autobiographies. She is also a secret gamer and loves to explore the unlimited online worlds.
Senior Account Manager
A passionate marketer with over 15 years in Marketing and Communications, Julie brings energy and enthusiasm to every marketing project. Her strategic, collaborative approach is coupled with a strong customer centric focus, which ensures excellent service to clients. Julie understands the big picture ‘vision’ and working out the roadmap to get there.
Backstory: With a strong background in re-branding projects, PR, and digital marketing, Julie has a proven track record in strategic marketing and communications plans spanning several industries franchise operations, retail, property, and technology.
What you didn’t know: Julie is a big kid at heart. She loves thrill-seeking rides at theme and amusement parks – the scarier the better!
Yvette is a passionate, proactive and tenacious PR and Marketing practitioner who enjoys all aspects of the communications industry with a particular interest in social and digital media, community management and stakeholder relations. Yvette prides herself on being versatile and adaptive, tailoring her approach in line with the organisation she’s working with.
Backstory: Prior to gaining her graduate qualifications in PR, Yvette worked in a variety of hospitality and tourism roles developing her customer-focused approach and passion for delivering great results. Yvette has worked in PR and Marketing both in-house and agency across a variety of sectors including fashion, finance, not-for-profit and technology.
What you didn’t know: Yvette has an incurable case of the travel bug, which has led her to live and work in Canada and the UK. Her ultimate goal is to get as many stamps in her passport as possible.
Gabbie loves everything Marketing and PR – from the creative strategy of a fully integrated campaign to analysing the final results. She believes marketing is the cornerstone of any business or product and is fascinated by the ever-evolving opportunities to connect a brand with an audience. Gabbie consistently thinks outside the box and strives to deliver innovative campaigns for her clients, inspired by one of her favourite quotes – “The only limit is our imagination”.
Backstory: After graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing, Gabbie gained five years’ experience working within corporate environments in the United States and Australia. She has been fortunate to have exposure to a multitude of industries including Customer Experience, Design Thinking, HR, Finance, Defence, Automotive, Real Estate and more.
What you didn’t know: New York City is Gabbie’s second home, after living and working there for three years. Her favourite fonts are Glacial Indifference and Authenia. She’s also a movie buff with a Ragdoll cat named Mila (after Mila Kunis).
The diverse nature and fast pace of the communications industry is what captivated Oakley from the beginning. She enjoys the challenge of engaging various audiences and working to build strong communications across all platforms. Oakley has a strategic mind and works hard to develop creative solutions.
Backstory: Oakley is a recent graduate of Public Communications at UTS. During her studies, Oakley did a semester abroad in the Big Apple, New York City, experiencing first-hand the different global markets. In her final year of study, she began working in the PR industry where her passion for communication grew, leading her to Zadro in May 2019.
What you didn’t know: Oakley loves her two cats, family, cooking and sharing the joy of good food.
Finance & Administration Manager
With more than 20 years of accounting experience, Jenny’s financial knowledge and skills ensure Zadro is managed accordingly and clients are looked after.
Backstory: Having worked within marketing and creative agencies previously, Jenny’s knowledge of the industry, combined with her dedication, make her a valuable asset to the Zadro team.
What you didn’t know: Jenny loves to do kickboxing for exercise – and it’s not a bad stress release too!
Senior Project Manager
Elizabeth is a former agency owner and current Senior Project Manager at Zadro. With 17 years of experience in senior roles she’s experienced in holding ultimate accountability for multi-million dollar campaigns in B2B and B2C.
Elizabeth ensures all accounts / campaigns and projects under her stewardship are fiercely managed, organised, effective and compelling.
Backstory: Elizabeth comes from a background in Experiential and Activations, but her skills span a broad spectrum of below, and through-the-line techniques including full message research and offer design, collateral & POS, consumer and trade promotions, DM, shopper marketing and strategic communications.
What you didn’t know: As a perpetual student, Elizabeth is currently undertaking a PHD which explores how to find a sale in the most unlikely environments. She also secretly loves Karaoke.
Senior Project Manager
Veronica brings over 15 years of experience in corporate and small business environments. As a marketing specialist, she uses her corporate background to provide smaller businesses and not-for-profit organisations with the know-how to stand out from the crowd and pack a big punch.
Backstory: With early dreams of becoming a journalist, Veronica studied Communications at UTS before realising that she belonged in the business world where she could combine her commercial, strategic side with her creative abilities as a wordsmith to develop a career in marketing. Now she enjoys staying across the latest developments in marketing techniques and communications channels and how these can be uniquely applied for each client she works with.
What you didn’t know: Veronica once embarked on a four-day trek through the Himalayas, trekking to an altitude of 5,000 metres above sea level. After doing that, she believes she can literally do anything
We have a terrific intern program at Zadro that supports up and coming communication and marketing graduates experience the real day to day life of a busy agency.
Backstory: We have had young people from all over the world intern with Zadro. From Indonesia to Germany, and all over Australia, we have welcomed smart, ambitious and eager people into our team. Our interns carry out research, observe in real client meetings, attend events and everything in between.
What you didn’t know: We believe in supporting the next generation of industry professionals. We have employed several of our team members from our internship program. We carry out the same recruitment processes for our interns as we do our permanent staff, and they are expertly managed by Jessica McLean.