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.
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.
Nick grew up in New Zealand. At a young age he realised that writing letters to his parents, teachers, and pretty much anyone else, was a much better way of expressing himself (read: getting out of trouble) than talking. Words have played a big part in his life ever since. They’ve taken him all around the world, and landed him his dream job at XXVI. When not writing, Nick collects 80’s rub-a-dub reggae, daydreams about living in Portugal, and wanders aimlessly with his headphones turned up, ruminating on the meaning of life.
Lisa grew up in Cape Town and the UK before moving to Sydney to see sunshine once more. From a digital and advertising background, she’s worked on everything from sugary treats to kids’ toothpaste (conscience offsetting is a thing). Now at XXVI, she gets to play with words all day – and, most importantly, prove her parents wrong about that English Literature degree.
Before joining XXVI, Cam worked as a musician (waiter), freelance writer (waiter) and waiter (waiter). He also taught a bit and read lots of books. In 2016, Cam wrote a letter to us out of the blue. We wrote back. And here he is.
Shelley is a moderately talented baker who loves books, holidays and statement shoes. She’s also one of our Creative Coordinators. You can reach her two days a week in the studio where she liaises with clients and schedules workflow. Shelley puts her background in PR account management and radio marketing to good use as she juggles timeframes, budgets and project delivery for XXVI. The rest of Shelley’s time is mostly spent wrangling three kids and a dog, all much more unruly than the writers.