Think HQ has appointed three former Marmalade staffers to senior roles after the latter closed its doors at the end of last year.
Lisa Gumbleton (left) has joined as head of creative strategy, Sam McCarron (centre right) as head of art, and Nadia Ladson (right) as an account director.
Think HQ founder and managing director Jen Sharpe (centre left) said it was striking how quickly the trio had slotted into the agency, which works solely on projects that lead to positive social impact.
“Frankly, the work we do is idiosyncratic enough that we’re often training social change communicators up on agency people, or agency people on social impact work. Marmalade worked on a similar wicket to us, so we have the rare opportunity of finding a crop of incredible operators who understand what we’re working on here,” she said.
“I’ve often viewed Marmalade as a respected competitor over the years, so I’m really happy that Lisa, Sam and Nadia have found their way here.”
Lisa Gumbleton was partner and director of client service and planning for 16 years before joining Think HQ, which she described as a “unique and exciting agency”.
“There’s no agency in Australia like Think HQ, where so many aspects of audiences and communication come together. Jen has assembled an extraordinarily talented team. I’m excited to be at an agency that puts people and values at the centre of everything and delivers this through insightful work,” she said.
Sam McCarron had been a senior creative at Marmalade for five years. He said of his new head of art role:
“This is an amazing opportunity and challenge to bring a new creative perspective to Think HQ, working with a passionate, values-driven team of people on clients that make a genuine difference in the community,” he said.
Nadia Ladson, spent four years as an account director at Marmalade, added:
“Working closely with Lisa and Sam for the past three years at Marmalade, I’ve been lucky enough to work on great projects with social impact. I’m excited to expand on this at Think HQ and it’s a genuine delight to be working with two of the best again so soon.”