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Meet the team.

Karl Tischler Founder and Managing Director Marlin Communications

Karl Tischler

Founder and Managing Director

Karl started Marlin with a mission; to use advertising and communications to impact the way that our society behaves. It was a very deliberate choice that he and Dan made to only work with charities and cause-driven organisations: organisations that served a truer and more worthy purpose.
Today, he often looks around and is truly humbled by those that have been similarly attracted by that choice.

Dan Geaves Strategy Director Marlin Communications

Dan Geaves

Strategy Director

A degree in psychology led to a keen interest in the ‘why’ that drives behaviour. Motivated by a desire to do good in the world, Dan has helped lead a strategic revolution in Australian fundraising, championing the role of values in determining effective, cut-through communications for the not-for-profit sector, and introducing new methodologies for creativity and innovation.

Jason Ruffell Smith Digital Director Marlin Communications

Jason Ruffell Smith

Digital Director

Over the past 10 years Jason has led the delivery of digital campaigns and projects including strategy, transformation peer-to-peer, acquisition, website and integration projects for our not for profit partners. Jason enjoys helping organisations on their digital journeys and enabling them to drive innovation through clear strategy and best practice approaches.

For the past few years he has focused on integrating digital automation tools and techniques to enable multi-channel acquisition, engagement and conversion activities for our client’s campaigns.

Jason is also very passionate about using data and test and learn methodologies to inform strategy and tactics for virtual events, appeals and ‘always on’ campaigns.

Clayton Thomas Creative Director Marlin Communications

Clayton Thomas

Creative Director

As the Creative Director of Marlin, Clayton brings his formidable experience in global brand development into the service of charities and causes. With a quick eye for unexpected solutions he pursues simple and surprising ideas that capture the mind and the heart.
Clayton’s moral compass was set in 1990, when at age 14 he discovered Malcolm X, and started to recognise the oppressive tendencies of capitalism as they related to race and gender. Following this up with a crash course in media manipulation with the release of ‘Manufacturing Consent’ by Noam Chomsky the stage was set for a career that sat quite outside the mainstream. In 2013 he joined Marlin, and discovered place to utilise his social drive, creativity and communications skills.

Nicole Lovelock

Head of Communications

Nicole is a creative thinker who likes to solve problems collaboratively. Trained in journalism, she has a deep love of storytelling and of sharing the right stories, with the right audience, through the right channel to unlock fundraising potential.
Nicole joined Marlin in early 2022 after spending four years running integrated comms and marketing campaigns, digital, social, regular giving and individual campaigns at Bush Heritage Australia; and previously worked at Bangarra Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet. She lives on Wadawurrung country in Victoria - please say hello at [email protected]

Jasmine Coronado Account Strategy Director Marlin Communications

Jasmine Coronado

Account Strategy Director

Jasmine uses her creativity and innovation to help others. She’s the co-founder of a grass-roots initiative in Sydney that offers support to homeless women, while in her role at Marlin she brims with efficiency, positivity and compassion.

Jasmine began her career working for a successful e-Commerce startup, before honing her Account Management skills at a multinational advertising agency.

Now she’s doing what she loves.

Catherine Braybon, Account Strategy Director - Marlin Communications

Catherine Braybon

Account Strategy Director

Catherine began her marketing career in the NFP sector and over the past two and a half years extended her skills working for the St Vincent de Paul Society, as the National Marketing Manager, before joining Marlin.

Catherine's education in psychology alongside her extensive experience at the helm of one of Australia’s top-tier charities, makes for great fit in extending the Marlin team.

Sophie Griffiths Head of Communications at Marlin Communications

Sophie Griffiths

Head of People and Culture

Sophie has been part of the Marlin family since 2015 and was a client prior to becoming a Marliner.

During her time here she has been passionately committed to building a positive and thriving culture, ensuring our values are upheld through the work we do and the relationships we build - both with each other and with our for-purpose community.

In 2022 she was honoured to take on a brand new role within the company as Head of People and Culture. Sophie now spends her days supporting 40+ purpose-driven Marliners do their best work, serving our charity partners and the world.

Samara Gentle - Digital Fundraising Strategist at Marlin Communications

Samara Gentle

Head of Digital Fundraising and Marketing

Samara is an experienced digital storyteller, having worked in digital marketing for the government and NFP sectors for over 10 years. She has a track record of developing and implementing national digital marketing strategies that increase online donations and improve digital communications with donors.

Samara was the digital lead for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and Vinnies national appeals including Christmas & Winter.
Throughout her experience Samara has worked on digital acquisition, digital content creation & planning, strategy development and implementation.

Sarah Hipsley, Head of Design - Marlin Communications

Sarah Hipsley

Head of Design

Sarah brings extensive experience from several years developing creative campaigns at Greenpeace.
She believes in the power of design to realise awareness, mobilise communities and create positive social change – and is passionate about illustration, maps and all things beautifully created and fantastically realised.

Matthew Ware, Art Director - Marlin Communications

Matthew Ware

Art Director

Matt is our Art Director who we often associate with LEGO.
He grew up building wonderful worlds and this laid the foundation for his understanding and appreciation of how things can fit together. Matt is always curious about the possibilities of design how an integrated solution can be found regardless of the channel.

Matt specialises in integrated campaign development, branding systems and print. He is an integration design specialist who is a positive thinker and likes to challenge himself creatively regardless of the complexity at hand.

Most importantly, Matt is a father to three incredible children. #dadlife

Leanne Thomas, Art Director - Marlin Communications

Leanne Thomas

Art Director

Leanne is Marlin’s resident brand design specialist and before joining Marlin, led WWF’s rebrand.

In her 7 years with us she has helped to create well articulated and powerful brand identities for organisations including GoodTel, Aspect, Sir David Martin Foundation, Islamic Relief Australia, Caritas Australia, Blue Knot Foundation and BePartnerReady.com.

Jenny Booysen, Communications Strategist - Marlin Communications

Jenny Walbeck

Communications Strategist

With her experience in both agencies and charities, Jenny brings a wealth of insight and experience in fundraising and digital marketing.
Prior to Marlin she managed the Individual Giving Program at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) with a specific focus on digital growth and innovation.

With an education in Behavioural Psychology and Communications, Jenny also has a strong understanding of creative and strategy that drives response and action.

Tim Brack, Digital Marketing Strategist at Marlin Communications

Tim Brack

Head of Data & Optimisation

Tim has over 15 years' experience running marketing campaigns and digital projects for clients, including nonprofits, education, IT security, banking, construction, retail, health care and professional services.

Tim has broad digital experience working across a wide range of digital areas including search, social, web, email, content, strategy, analytics and conversion optimisation. He is committed to using data to inform strategies and creating dashboards for our client partners to see campaign performance in real time.

Marlin is a certified B Corporation.

We're proud to "meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose."

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