TEAM

Brian Merrifield

Brian Merrifield

Founder, Executive Creative Director

Brian’s 20 years of experience covers leadership roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, The Monkeys and Ogilvy. He’s worked across telcos, cars, alcohol, travel, tech, government, finance, gaming, the arts and industry bodies. He leads the team at Common with a view to use hours more efficiently. We also have an open and collaborative approach to creative and strategy. This enables clients to understand the way we do things, whilst empowering those at Common to better understand our clients’ needs.

Jane Burhop

Jane Burhop

Founder, Creative Director

Little is known about the origins of Jane Burhop. Some say she hails from that weird part of the internet, others believe she was born with purple hair. Despite all this, she managed to sneak into the advertising industry and has been causing havoc ever since. Half writer, half voyeur, Jane is forever trying to cram more things into her head. Once it’s full, she hopes to be noticeably better at life. Aside from her countless accolades and achievements, she is notorious for hanging upside down when she’s tired. Jane is a recent winner of B&T’s 30-under-30.

James Crawley

James Crawley

Founder, Creative Director

A highly awarded creative thinker and problem solver – James has forged strong relationships with many great Australian brands. He is obsessed with great writing, tricky briefs and doing what he says he’s going to do.

Sophie Morris

Sophie Morris

Senior Account Manager

A manager of all things; from creative teams, to clients, web builds, to apps… Nothing makes Sophie happier than working on exciting projects with a talented team to deliver real results…

Well, that and Disney.

Alice Rivas

Alice Rivas

Operations Manager

Hailing from the land of baguettes and the metric system, Alice found herself in Australia where she decided our unique concept of smashed avo suited her better than frog legs. Besides bacon and egg rolls at 11 o’clock, Alice’s real love is creating data models and process diagrams.

Tom Nickeas

Tom Nickeas

Graphic Designer

Tom’s previous sightings included comic book stores and studying the ways of Visual Communication. He has since brought his passion for surreal sci-fi anime and experimental typographic layouts to Common. He can now be spotted tirelessly creating artwork to captivate the deepest emotions of both human and animal alike. Despite achieving this in work from print to animation, racoons still seem to escape his grasp.

Logan Muir

Logan Muir

Digital Designer/Developer

Having spent the first seven years of his career as a freelance designer and front-end developer, Logan eventually capitulated and joined Common on a full-time basis. Logan is continually striving to develop processes to produce high quality work more efficiently and effectively, and is especially fond of good typography and bad heavy metal. He also owns a cat and doesn’t shut up about it.

Daniel Nutman

Daniel Nutman

Creative

Upon completing his B.A, Daniel changed his focus to another type of creative problem solving – advertising. He has an extremely high stress threshold, actually listens and is often referred to as someone who simply “gets it”. As a creative, Daniel has played an integral role in some of Common’s most exciting and successful projects.

Lisa Pizarro

Lisa Pizarro

Account Manager

My name is Lisa Pizarro, you may remember me from such films as “Alien Nose Job” and “Smoke Yourself Thin”. I enjoy writing detailed to do lists, compiling playlists filled with melancholy and re-appropriating Simpsons quotes. Before joining Common I worked in events, radio, marketing and cobbling (odd but true).

Megan Deveson

Megan Deveson

Account Manager

Since a young age, Megan has worked across social media, marketing, client relations and advertising. Graduating from university with a distinction average, she was 1 of 7 selected for the Clemenger Group Graduate Program and successfully completed the IPA Foundations Certificate. She also games, pets koi, drinks V wherever possible and has a podcast called Cryptid Addicted.

Wally

Wally

Dog

Sometimes I see a ball and then I run towards the ball and almost all of the time I eat the ball. I also enjoy completely destroying James’ brand new Havianas. Everyone tells me I am a good boy but they never let me eat their bacon so I just look intently at their bacon and hope that one day they will give me some or all of that bacon. I have no idea what advertising is but I am available to come to briefing sessions if you want to meet me. Make sure to bring bacon and fresh Havianas. Wally is a Dog at Common Ventures.