As our Director of Brand Language, Hamish manages XXVI in Australia. A one-time professional equestrian, snow reporter and sporting commentator, it's now his responsibility to defend the rights of words in corporations across the nation. And even though he's tucked his law degree away in his bottom drawer, Hamish still understands the importance of always choosing the right words.
Kristen makes the impossible happen at XXVI. A New Yorker who followed her heart across the world, as our Creative Coordinator she’s responsible for project delivery, timelines and budgets, and is the main point of contact for our clients. Despite being a talented painter, photographer and decorator, Kristen is often found doing the serious work while the writing team stares at clouds out the window.
Born and raised in Canberra, our Associate Director of Brand Language Carrie quickly realised she was unlikely to become a famous rock journalist from the nation’s capital. So she escaped to Sydney, and put her journalism degree to good use as a writer with Rolling Stone magazine, later becoming a digital producer in the media industry. She now finds herself totally immersed in the world of words – which is lucky given she never really aced maths.
Mike first came to XXVI as an intern back in 2010. Turns out he had a natural talent for writing – so we kept him. After a brief stint in radio Mike returned to us in 2014 and now uses language to bring our clients’ brands to life in fascinating ways. When words escape him, Mike likes exploring faraway places, spending time with his two Border Collies, and anything with extra cheese (pop songs included).
James has a degree in Economics, was formerly a marketing manager for an international travel company and briefly played in a band with Guy Sebastian. It’s not the classic path to copywriting. But James has always had a way with words. He’s written for titles like The Age and SMH on hard-hitting topics (like how to buy a second hand dog). Now he creates beautifully crafted words as our senior Melbourne writer.
While we couldn’t travel back in time to hire William Shakespeare as our newest recruit, we could hire Amy. A theatre enthusiast who’ll never tire of watching Hamlet be (or not be), we’ve found someone who is obsessed with words as much as we are. A Creative Writing degree taught her to put some poetry in everything she writes – and her English students in London taught her to fink outside the box. We’ve taught her that writing really is as important as she always thought.
Doug grew up in Lismore, a country town famous for its dairy factory and bent Christmas tree. Needing more inspiration, he moved to Sydney, picked up a degree in Communications and Creative Writing, and carved a career freelancing for clients big and small. Two years in - and after abusing every cafe in Sydney as his office - he came to XXVI looking for a new home. He’s happy they opened their doors. When not writing, Doug likes to hike, hit the open road, and read philosophical think pieces about Roger Federer.