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Meet the team

Ben Claydon

Ben knows a thing or two about management having started a business from the back of his house and growing it into a multi-million dollar company. He has a particular knack for understanding how small businesses interact with enterprise and his commanding presence ensures that things get done. With decades of experience in the event biz Ben has worked on everything from TV shows to superstar rock concerts. Outside the office he’s a mad keen scuba diver and all round adrenaline seeker jumping out of planes, diving in caves and even making his way to Mt Everest. He also has two pet turtles and a dog called Dash with a sizeable Instagram following.

Dave Deveny

Dave is a dynamic and fearless leader; he’s experienced, committed, flexible, driven and smart. His career spans over 30 years delivering exceptional results for the likes of Shell, Myer, Telstra, Audi, The Australian Open, Disney, Tourism Victoria and many more. Dave is great at building effective, powerful teams and has hand-picked every member of the Cuckoo crew. He’s a master strategist developing innovative ideas to cut through the clutter. Other than being our courageous leader, Dave is a keen foodie and loves to cook. He’s seriously attached to social media which he claims is for work purposes, and supposedly he can talk under water.

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Hamish Younger
Brand and Business Strategist

Our Brand and Business Strategist Hamish Younger knows his way around the world of marketing (and the world in general). Hamish has worked in Marketing for almost thirty years across a diverse range of industry sectors. From financial services through to fine jewellery, Hamish has marketed it all. He loves to build and re-tweak brands, ensuring they maximise their return to his clients. He loves and has done plenty of travelling, especially in Africa and enjoys a healthy mix of chocolate and red wine.

Jaiden Fahey
Web Designer

Jaiden started his career as a graphic designer for the music industry, progressing to coding when bands started needing MySpace layouts. Now a veteran web designer with 10 years’ experience behind him, he’s based in Canada after trading Darwin’s sunshine for snow. He’s a great problem solver…using late night coffee fuelled coding sessions to finding solutions to tricky technical problems. He loves front end development and is a WordPress whizz but his super-power lies in building awesome looking websites that convert. Just don’t offer him a paddle pop for a job well done – the sticks gross him out beyond belief!

Jo Harrison
Marketing Services Director

Jo is an experienced and efficient marketing practitioner with almost 20 years’ experience working in large corporates and boutique agencies. From strategy to execution, Jo has managed a significant portfolio of projects for the likes of Estee Lauder, Ford Motor Company, Melbourne Water, Statewide Mutual and ENGIE. As Marketing Services Director, Jo leads Cuckoo’s project teams to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients. Jo has degrees in marketing and psychology, so understanding consumer behaviour is her sweet spot, and applying behaviour-based personas to segment audiences is her favourite sport. That and surfing.

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Lauren Finadri
Marketing Co-ordinator

After completing her marketing degree at LaTrobe University and furthering her studies at RMIT, Lauren is loving immersing herself in the business and marketing world here at Cuckoo. She’s a digital native who brings our social media projects to life and has a knack for speaking directly to any target audience. A devil for the detail, Lauren is diligent and energetic in her approach to projects. Lauren loves travelling and this has taught her to push herself, learn new things and always be adventurous. When Lauren’s not in the office, you’ll find her at the gym, at the beach or doing yoga.

Marcus Johnson
Creative Consultant

Marcus is a wordsmith and a big picture thinker. Over thirty years, he has plied his craft across local and global brands, moving from big agencies to running his own business and as a consultant to industry. His experience includes icons such as Mercedes-Benz, Four’n Twenty, Australia Post, Twinings, Crown, Telstra and VicUrban. A graduate of Melbourne’s Copyschool, he is a voracious reader and can spot a typo from twenty paces. Since becoming the fifth grade spelling champion, he has gone on to make much of his talent. When not working or attending to the challenges of a blended family, he enjoys a round of golf and currently maintains a single figure handicap.

Nicole Akehurst

Nicole is a passionate and experienced graphic designer. Coming from a print background, Nicole brings with her 10+ years in the industry. She has a broad range of experience, having worked with large franchise companies, through to small businesses. An eye for detail and an enthusiasm for all things design ensures consistency, versatility and top quality output. Nicole’s creative interests expand beyond the Mac and include cooking, music and creating hand-made masterpieces with her two beautiful daughters. She is also not usually far from either a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Sabrina Bellomo
Finance Manager

Sabrina joins Cuckoo as our Finance Manager. After qualifying as a Registered Chartered Accountant, Sabrina has spent the last 10 years working across payroll, insolvency, tax and compliance. As you can see, she’s an accounting guru. Her attention to detail, strong work ethic and desire to get things done right keeps the finances in check. After hours you’ll find Sabrina killing it on the netball courts. Don’t let her small stature deceive you, her mad defensive skills can stop any shooter from scoring.

Stuart Farmer

Hailing from the UK, Stuart is conceptual and creative and a lover of the classic pencil and sketch pad. Stuart has enjoyed a career spanning more than 20 years working creatively in London, Singapore and Melbourne for highly recognised global brands including Colliers International, CBRE, Knight Frank, IP Global, Jones Lang Lasalle, Savilles, YOO, I Quit Sugar and BBC Asia. Outside the office, Stuart barbecues fierce and fiery Jamaican Street food, is a proud cycling MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra) and a triathlete who’s a terrible swimmer.

Tamerlaine Oxford
Project Manager

Tamerlaine has spent over twenty years working deep cover within the Australian and international music industry. She had little choice in the matter growing up in a family of music promoters. Her skill set is vast and varied, having toured with high profile artists like The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses and Snoop Dogg. Rest assured that keeping complex projects on track with her strong work ethic, eye for detail, diplomacy and discretion is second nature. She manages to balance a busy working life with being a modern Mum to two growing boys and a couple of fur kids thrown in for good measure. In brief moments of downtime she can be found dabbling in jewellery making and getting her hands dirty in the garden.