DIRECTOR + FOUNDER
TRANSFORMATION . FUTURES . FULLNESS
Lekki brings over 20 years of experience working across Europe, Australia, the US, Asia and the Middle East on long-term, large-scale projects.
Her transdisciplinary approach draws on her expertise in futures, transformation, curation and creative direction, and is underpinned by human-centred research, conversation theory and dialogue architecture. The content, future scenarios, transformation platforms and immersive experiences she creates, unearth and inspire new ways of seeing, being and living well together… across communities and cultures.
Driven by her endless curiosity about people, her work creates the conditions that are conducive to real conversations about the wonder and complexity of being alive, and all the fullness of what it is to Be Human. Lekki sees possibility and looks to bring out the best in our humanity, so we better understand ourselves and each other. She brings to life innovative, often unexpected, new forms that get people connecting and talking in new ways, in order to help shape the future of organisations, institutions, industries, societies and public life for the better. She is a master of creating inspiring visions, telling beautiful stories and turning possibility into reality.
DIGITAL INNOVATION . DEVELOPMENT
Garrett brings over a decade of experience spanning environmental education, communications, strategy and production. With a fiercely analytical and simultaneously creative mind, Garrett brings an aptitude to projects through his ability for critical thinking and detailed analysis of complex project requirements.
Garrett holds an honours business degree in Marketing, International Business and Production from NYU’s Stern School of Business, a Masters of Environmental Management and was a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership with whom he is now a board member. He was previously the Communications Manager of The Climate Institute…and used to train falcons in a past life.
Garrett has a unique skill set that spans research, strategy, design thinking, content development, project management, bird-wrangling and production. As a result, he is able to architect and implement research, data visualisation, and digital strategies, that allow organisations to take flight.
STRATEGY . DEVELOPMENT
Jamie has been working in business transformation strategy for over 15 years, helping to scale products, brands, content, campaigns and audience growth for some of Australia’s most recognised organisations. Over the past 10 years, Jamie founded one of Sydney’s leading digital agencies Circul8 and managed the acquisition & rebrand of one of Australia’s longest running, purpose-driven digital agencies, Digital Eskimo. Coupling strategy and business acumen, he has contributed to the growth of leading organisations including Getup, Greenpeace, Fiji Tourism, Woolmark and Cancer Council, winning clients a multitude of awards along the way, including Webby’s and AMIA’s.
Jamie knows what’s what, and brings his wealth of experience to Glider to help organisations take the brave steps to innovate their approach and set a course for their future.
CREATIVE . MOTION
Jethro is a highly skilled visual communicator with a breadth of talent and experience across both print and digital platforms. His design work is influenced by art, psychology, engineering, architecture and an international worldview after living most of his life in Switzerland.
Having previously worked for Fairfax Media, FBi Radio, SBS, Network 10, and elsewhere, Jethro has developed a unique ability to extend and transform ideas across multiple forms to tell highly creative and engaging stories.
Jethro is a big picture observer with an eye for detail and a sharp, creative mind. Jethro’s particular strengths are an effortless ability to connect with people, a fluency with design technologies across various forms and the ability to think and create in 2, 3 and 4D.
Jon brings over 18 years of digital expertise to the Glider team, with a breadth of skills spanning both front and back end development. He plays a key role in bringing all of our digital experiences to life, from websites and blogs to e-learning modules, interactive tools and data visualisations.
One of Jon’s greatest strengths lies in his passionate and pragmatic approach, working tirelessly to ensure our digital projects provide the most resonant user experiences possible. Jon is always up for a challenge, excited by new technologies and new visualisation methods.
He’s a master at translating complex data sets into stunning visuals with a compelling story that connects with the humans.
RESEARCH . THOUGHT . WORDS
With an academic background in Philosophy and a love of the natural world, Olivia brings a curious mind to Glider. She has worked across various disciplines: from content, events and marketing at The Ethics Centre; podcast production and writing for FBi Radio; to fundraising for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Olivia also writes in various forms for her environmental ethics blog, The Flux Initiative.
A fan of the absurd, she explores deep concepts through lyrical poetry and storytelling. Olivia loves connecting with people, and places, viewing connection and empathy as fundamental in creating change.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Addison Marshall is a practising visual artist and conceptual thinker. His focus with Glider is on research, trends and futures, as well as contributing to Glider Special Projects across exhibitions, immersive experiences, the public realm and the notion of place. Addison’s work blurs the boundaries between art, drawing and design to create visual feasts that mix innovative ideas and materials.
Addison assembles highly intricate and thoughtful installations using hand-built ceramic forms, and anything else he can find, to create pieces and places that pique curiosity and connection.
His arrangements use object, placement, colour, material and order to spark poetic and introspective dialogues.
His work has been included in many group exhibitions and he has been the recipient of many awards including The N.E Pethebridge Ceramic Award, The Janet Mansfield Ceramic Award,
The FONAS prize for Drawing, and Design Now
for Object Gallery.
PHOTOGRAPHER IN RESIDENCE
Kathy cares for people and humanity a whole lot. She finds the beauty and possibility hiding in things: the layers of hope; the points of interest; and the movement of emotions.
She has worked in publishing and set design, and with over a decade of experience behind and in front of the camera – across both still and moving images – she carries with her a wealth of storytelling experience that speaks to you in
CHEF IN RESIDENCE
Ben Sears is not your run-of-the-mill chef. He’s the kind of chef who shapes the culinary culture of a city – in a good way.
After creating Moon Park in Redfern, which was recognised in the top five Korean restaurants in the world, Sears went on to open Paper Bird in Potts Point. Time Out wrote that the restaurant has been executed with ‘masterful grace’ and the 7-day bustle of happy eaters is a testament to that, along with the open atmosphere it creates.
Previously Ben has worked in the UK and then in Melbourne alongside Chef Andrew McConnell of Supernormal, at Cutler & Co.
Ben and his partner (in work and love) Eun Hee An’s Sydney restaurants have earned praise both at home and globally, with the chefs being described by Gourmet Traveller as two of ‘the most consistently inventive and savvy cooks in the country’. Pwoar!
ARTISAN PERFORMER IN RESIDENCE
Benjamin Hancock wills you to question everything you think you know about performance and dance.
With experience spanning performative work, choreography and costume design, Ben’s collaborations would take too long to list, but include the likes of filmmaker and artist Sue Healey, MONA’s Dark Mofo, Australian dance company Chunky Move and artist Anthony Breslin.
Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, Ben has exploded into the interpretive performance scene. He was awarded Outstanding Performance by a male dancer at the Australian Dance Awards in 2017 for his role in Lucy Guerin Inc’s The Dark Chorus, and received a Green Room award for the same role.
Ben is a performer who unfurls your perceptions and elucidates your biases. He’ll intrigue you, he’ll challenge you and undoubtedly he’ll make you feel.
ARTISAN PERFORMER IN RESIDENCE
Holly’s performances have taken her around the world for good reason. She is the kind of performer who embodies and celebrates all that it means to move and be alive.
Also a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Holly covers genres from shamanistic ritual to Jane Fonda cardio, but skims lightly over none. She is a core-performer with the company Finucane and Smith, both curating and performing in productions: The Burlesuqe Hour, The Glory Box, The Salon D’Dance, Caravan Burlesque and the Carnival of Mysteries, both in Australia and overseas in Korea, Paris, London and elsewhere.
Holly often collaborates with artists, like Grimes and Anthony Hamilton, to develop not just dance but performance, installation and film.
Conceptual Artisans + Practitioners
Glider works with a range of high calibre, award-winning and internationally renowned visual and performance artists to bring its installations, exhibitions and immersive experiences to life. They include the likes of Shaun Gladwell, Sue Healey, Benjamin Hancock and Holly Durant who have performed or have work represented at festivals, galleries, performing arts institutions and dance companies around the world. These include the Venice Biennale, Royal Academy of Arts (London), the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), and the Museum of Lyon (France), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), MONA (Hobart), Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Havana International Theatre Festival, Prospect 3 New Orleans Triennale, Chunk Move and Lucy Guerin.