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We’re passionate individuals who collaborate together in harnessing the power and creativity of human centred design.

The Advocates

 

We approach all projects with an underpinning philosophy of Advocating for New, which may relate to one or any combination of factors feeding into our clients’ projects. The outcomes; ensuring that our work enhances human connection to brands and environments.

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Jacob Burke

Founder + CEO

As Founder and CEO of BEST, Jacob drives and directs creative output and quality control for all client projects. Jacob has owned and operated Best for the past 16 years; taking his passion for people and brands to every corner of Australia and working in a collaborative partnership with clients to develop brand change that is driven by commercial sustainability.

Having only ever professionally worked in the creative and design industry; Jacob has a unique personal ability to think strategically in directing and effecting change; taking clients on a journey by executing design solutions that are anchored at the core by being customer-centric, entertaining and commercially achievable.

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Janelle Toomey

Business Director

On joining BEST as Business Director nearly five years ago, ‘JT’ along with Jacob Burke has worked to transform the business from its core competencies of wayfinding, built brand into a fully integrated brand offering. For all clients, JT seeks to ensure that all commercial deliverables undertaken by the business are managed in the most timely and efficient manner.

With such a broad scope of creative, communications and visual services on offer, it is imperative that no project attributes are superfluous to what the consumer needs. To ensure this, comprehensive end-to-end management and sense checking are always undertaken during the project life cycle.

 
Clayton Edwards   Group Design Director   Clayton brings over 8 years of architectural experience across a number of award winning hospitality, residential and commercial projects.  Before joining BEST, Clayton worked for a number of distinguished architecture practices including Space Agency and Neeson Murcutt Architects, both of which have helped shape his strong design and technical skills. From delivering initial strategy to finest detail, Clayton sees every project as unique and particular. This allows for personalised exploration of place, sustainability and integration to deliver the best collaborative outcome with clients and stakeholders.

Clayton Edwards

Group Design Director

Clayton brings over 8 years of architectural experience across a number of award winning hospitality, residential and commercial projects.

Before joining BEST, Clayton worked for a number of distinguished architecture practices including Space Agency and Neeson Murcutt Architects, both of which have helped shape his strong design and technical skills. From delivering initial strategy to finest detail, Clayton sees every project as unique and particular. This allows for personalised exploration of place, sustainability and integration to deliver the best collaborative outcome with clients and stakeholders.

Lachlan Salt   Group Finance Director   Lachlan has over 8 years of experience in corporate finance, project financial management, management accounting and statutory and regulatory reporting. With a background in accounting, systems, legal and compliance, Lachlan is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants Australia and the Institute of Financial Accountants UK.   Prior to joining BEST, Lachlan spent 7 years working globally in the oil and gas, mining and scientific sectors, being exposed to a wide variety of business practices. Lachlan brings with him a dynamic approach to finance underpinned by a keen commercial eye and corporate sustainability

Lachlan Salt

Group Finance Director

Lachlan has over 8 years of experience in corporate finance, project financial management, management accounting and statutory and regulatory reporting. With a background in accounting, systems, legal and compliance, Lachlan is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants Australia and the Institute of Financial Accountants UK.

Prior to joining BEST, Lachlan spent 7 years working globally in the oil and gas, mining and scientific sectors, being exposed to a wide variety of business practices. Lachlan brings with him a dynamic approach to finance underpinned by a keen commercial eye and corporate sustainability

 
Nick Pickering   Design Manager   Nick blends his passion for all things design into the graphical components of what we do, and works hard to conceptualise, and bring our built ideas to life graphically. Nick is a real researcher and loves being inspired by actually physically researching space for ideas together with trawling design blogs, magazines, articles etc. His innate ability to turn documentation around in the blink of an eye (faultless at the same time) amazes his colleagues, and he relishes in the joy he sees as clients see our concepts coming to life. Nick has been an integral part of the successful delivery of all our wayfinding projects to date.

Nick Pickering

Design Manager

Nick blends his passion for all things design into the graphical components of what we do, and works hard to conceptualise, and bring our built ideas to life graphically. Nick is a real researcher and loves being inspired by actually physically researching space for ideas together with trawling design blogs, magazines, articles etc. His innate ability to turn documentation around in the blink of an eye (faultless at the same time) amazes his colleagues, and he relishes in the joy he sees as clients see our concepts coming to life. Nick has been an integral part of the successful delivery of all our wayfinding projects to date.

Millie Burke   Design Manager   Millie has over 10 years of graphic design and art direction experience. Having worked in both the advertising and apparel industries during her career, Millie is passionate about ideas and connecting to audiences with sincerity and simplicity. Millie’s career has seen her work on some of Australia’s most prominent brands including Forty Winks, Specsavers, Oporto, IGA Liquor, Salvation Army, Aussie Disposals, Retrovision, Mazda, Village Cinemas, and Tiger Air. With a strong attention to detail and a passion for visual communication, Millie knows how to bring an idea to life, from the initial concept stages to the final outcome.

Millie Burke

Design Manager

Millie has over 10 years of graphic design and art direction experience. Having worked in both the advertising and apparel industries during her career, Millie is passionate about ideas and connecting to audiences with sincerity and simplicity. Millie’s career has seen her work on some of Australia’s most prominent brands including Forty Winks, Specsavers, Oporto, IGA Liquor, Salvation Army, Aussie Disposals, Retrovision, Mazda, Village Cinemas, and Tiger Air. With a strong attention to detail and a passion for visual communication, Millie knows how to bring an idea to life, from the initial concept stages to the final outcome.