Our people.

Like you, we're here to help
change the world.

Meet the team.

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.
Karl Tischler

Founder and Managing Director

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.
Dan Geaves

Strategy Director

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.

Jason Ruffell Smith

Digital Director

Clayton Thomas

Creative Director

Clayton is an award winning Creative Director with decades of experience working on the world’s biggest brands; Nike, Gatorade, Harley Davidson, Vodafone and Panasonic included. For the last five years he has been the agile minded, nimble fingered centre of Marlin’s creative department.

For Clayton, nothing feels better than changing the world for good.

Clayton Thomas

Creative Director

Sophie Griffiths

Head of Communications

Sophie brings a deep understanding of the NFP sector to Marlin and her work. Her experience working both charity and agency side means she offers a unique perspective to every project and relationship, genuinely understanding needs and pressures and effectively bringing that gap between client and service provider.

Sophie makes it her mission to understand our client’s ambitions, get to the heart of problems and work towards effective solutions.

Sophie Griffiths

Head of 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.

Jasmine Coronado

Account Strategy Director

Jakob J

Digital Consultant

Jakob heralds from the remote parts of Sweden, known for its famous viking conquerors and Ikea furniture.

Jakob has an entrepreneurial mindset with a focus on authentic and transparent consulting and selling in both B2B and B2C for long term acquisition and growth in agile markets.

Never content with being biggest, or best, he believes “there is always room for improvement”. Let’s do it!

Jakob J

Digital Consultant

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.

Catherine Braybon

Account Strategy Director

Pradeep Wickramanayaka

Head of Digital

Pradeep is a Scrum master and PMP qualified leader with a person centred approach to problem solving. His technical expertise allows him to effectively take ownership of products and project management, while his organisational background helps him support the community and help organisations stay focussed.
Pradeep began his career as a full stack developer, where he mastered the skill in giving him leading projects and keeping clients aligned to the business requirements. He has been central to the success of innovative digital initiatives for community engagement, including Every Australian Counts, and the National Disability Services websites.
Pradeep Wickramanayaka

Head of Digital

Miriam Raphael

Head of Copy

Miriam brings extensive experience as a journalist, editor and producer to Marlin’s creative arsenal.
After many years tracking down stories from around the world as a guide book writer for Lonely Planet, Miriam returned to Australia to produce content for national and international publications, including ABC Radio, UK Telegraph and News Corp.
A natural storyteller, Miriam writes with a keen eye for detail, finding the heart of the narrative and expressing it with clarity.
Miriam Raphael

Head of Copy

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.
Sarah Hipsley

Head of Design

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

Matthew Ware

Art Director

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.

Leanne Thomas

Art Director

Jenny Booysen

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.

Jenny Booysen

Communications Strategist

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