If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Curious. I think it’s so important to stay curious with whatever you do!

What are three things that you can’t live without…

My phone (for work, Facetiming family & friends, and photo-taking), a good white t-shirt, and Spotify.

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

The variety of work we do here and the clients we have. One day is never the same- there is always a new problem to solve or a new brief to deliver on.

I also didn’t expect to become friends with my whole team. The perks of having a fantastic work crew!

What inspires you…

The outdoors, travel, and my 4 siblings.

When you’re not at work, we can find you…

On a road trip down the coast!

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be.

Both sets of my grandparents, Freddy Mercury, and Jenna Lyons.

If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Awkward.

What are three things that you can’t live without…

My loving parents, beef mince, and my full-length jumper (you can find this on my insta @gunnerthegreyhound).

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

Julie’s colleagues do not appreciate when I mark my territory on their suit jackets.

What inspires you…

My mum’s colleagues, of course. And food.

When you’re not at work, we can find you…

Sleeping on the couch.

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be and why.

Doesn’t matter as long as I get fed. 😊

If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Curious. Whatever the subject, I love to learn all about the who, what, when, where and, most of all, the why.

What are three things that you can’t live without…

Stand-up comedy, all you can eat Korean BBQ and, like just about everyone else on Earth, my smartphone.

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

That I would be able to meet, help and learn from so many wonderful people along the way.

What inspires you…

New ideas.

When you’re not at work, we can find you…

Hanging out with my 4-year-old daughter Isla, wherever that may be.

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hunter S. Thompson, Dave Chappelle and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Because the conversation would be hilarious and I have no doubt they would all be keen for a few “quiet” after-dinner drinks.

If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Considered. I like to think about every possible outcome before I make a decision.

What are three things that you can’t live without…

Fresh linen sheets, Aesop hand cream, and pasta

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

That short copy is the most difficult to write.

What inspires you…

A good speech. And people who succeed through grit.

When you’re not at work, we can find you…

Roaming the streets of Collingwood looking for something new to eat or drink.  

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be and why.

Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain. Everyone brings a dish!

If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Vivacious. Although commonly used to describe a woman, I look at things in a non-binary way and reckon this sums me up to a T.

What are three things that you can’t live without…

The beach, music, and food.

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

How diverse this industry is. I never thought I would become a subject expert across so many industries. People might not realise, that when you work in communications, you have to be across nearly all facets of the business you are working with and the campaign you are working on.

What inspires you…

Personally, I am inspired by travel, or the possibility of travel. Professionally, I am inspired by creativity and making a difference.

When you’re not at work, we can find you…

Drinking wine with my friends at a laneway bar or a wine region somewhere. Or alternatively, at home catching up on the long list of TV shows that I binge watch.

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be and why…

  1. Kylie Minogue, because I have liked her (hello, we all remember that wedding scene from Neighbours) and her music since I can remember being a tiny tot and dancing to her music on a cassette (yes, I am that old).
  2. George Lucas, so I can ask him a) why he sold Star Wars to Disney and gave up creative control and b) how would he end the Skywalker saga? #StarWarsGeek
  3. The Queen, because she’s literally the epitome of #bosslady, could you imagine the stories that woman could tell.  

We asked the team how they’ll be celebrating Christmas and what they have planned for the summer ahead.

Nate, Senior Account Director

Summer for me will mean… regrouping and setting some new personal goals. I’m excited about our team’s upcoming planning day and seeing the outcomes from that. I am also looking forward to working on the 2019 Australia Day campaign and driving the PR agenda for the many events happening around our wonderful city. 

Personally, I have a few good books to churn through over the summer and I’m hoping to get down to the beach as much as possible. Growing up in Queensland I’ve always had an affinity for the ocean, and at least for a few days over Christmas, I plan to be a lady of leisure with no calls or interruptions.

James, Head of Creative

It’s been particularly cold this past winter in Melbourne, which has been a great motivator to work on that #summerbod! I can’t wait to spend some time on the beach, catch up with friends and family, and ring in the new year in style!

Taylor, Account Executive

Christmas for me will be a week-long event. It’s my favourite time of year and we have lots of traditions I love crossing off the list. It’s just the best feeling getting into the Christmas spirit and spoiling those around you – as well as eating all the Christmas goodies! 

For the rest of the break I’ll be eating and drinking great food and wine with all the best people in my life. Summer holidays always mean catching up with friends, fantastic family BBQs and coming back to work full of food and happiness!

Julie, Account Manager

This holiday season will be my first away from home with my family. I’m a little bit sad to miss all of the festivities, but also super excited because my boyfriend and I will be going to Japan! I can’t wait to get lost in the cities and eat as much sushi as humanly possible. When we get back, summer will be in full swing, and I’m determined to spend some time down in Torquay and become a surfer in my third year here in Australia. Work wise, we’ll be hitting the ground running with some big projects in the new year. As Nate likes to say – “Watch this space!”

Fiona, Account Manager

These holidays I’ll be heading to home to Queensland for lots of long, lazy lunches, cold beers and swims with friends. Then for Christmas we’ll be gorging on fresh seafood and cherries at my uncle’s place in Tassie. After a big year I’m looking forward to returning to work refreshed and most likely a few kilos heavier!

Amy, Account Executive

Christmas for me will be at home with my family. We have a full roast lunch, featuring bon bons (paper crowns, awful jokes and all), turkey, ham, stuffing, cheesy cauliflower, beans and pumpkin. Then mum forces us to eat the traditional Christmas pudding that no one likes, and then we all have a nap on the couch. It’s a great day. Over summer I am looking forward to spending more time with the fam, celebrating New Year’s at Falls Festival in Lorne, and hopefully catching some tennis at the Australian Open.

Chris, Director

2018 has been a whirlwind of growth and change, so I am looking forward to this holiday season as an opportunity to relax and reflect. 

I have a lot to be grateful for this year and family and friends are top of the list, with my fantastic colleagues a very honourable mention.

As far as festivities, there will be the mandatory seasonal get togethers as well as the privilege of celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary on a little beach somewhere just north of the equator (which has terrible mobile network coverage).

Following a sustained period of growth, refreshed brand and the addition of two new Account Executives, Civic Reputation is excited about what 2019 (our fourth year) has in store. Read below to find out more about our new office move, client wins and what our Director, Chris, has to say about the future of Civic Reputation.

If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Clumsy. What I lack in hand-eye co-ordination, I make up for in professional communication skills, attention to detail, and creative flair.

What are three things that you can’t live without…

a. Food – I love Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican

b. Water – Schweppes Apple & Pink Grapefruit Mineral Water is delightful

c. Shelter – Home is my haven

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

I didn’t expect it to be as rewarding as it is. Seeing a project through from start to finish and evaluating what has been achieved is really exciting.

What inspires you…

Hard work.

When you’re not at work, we can find you… 

Currently I am taking pottery classes (Ghost style), but you will otherwise find me enjoying different parts of Melbourne and Victoria, seeing friends, or watching the most recent cheesy Netflix movie release.

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be and why…

  • Michelle Obama because she is a gracious, intelligent and thoughtful leader that I would love to have a conversation with
  • Taylor Swift because I have loved her since I was 12
  • My mum because she is an inspiring woman in my life (and also a big Taylor swift fan)

If you had to choose an adjective to describe yourself, what would it be and why…

Hungry! Hungry to learn, hungry to achieve, and as a massive foodie, hungry for great food & wine!

What are three things that you can’t live without…

George – my old English sheepdog. A great cappuccino and a fabulous pair of shoes.

One thing you didn’t expect about PR and communications…

Working in PR means we need to be a ‘jack of all trades’. PR practitioners need to know, understand and be experts in all the different industries of our clients. 

What inspires you…

My group of girlfriends. I am very lucky to be surrounded by some kick-ass ladies who are all achieving amazing things in their chosen fields of work.

When you’re not at work, we can find you… 

Either at my favourite café in Richmond, checking out the latest wine bar or hanging out with George.

If you could invite three people (living or passed) to dinner, who would it be and why…

  • My grandma a.k.a glam-ma, she was the most fabulous woman that I knew! 
  • Margot Fonteyn, to discuss the lives of ballerinas in different generations.
  • Lady Diana Spencer, who doesn’t love her?