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Meet Corey

Describe yourself in 10 words?
I’m a manga reading, table tennis playing, emotionally obvious nerd.

Now in three words.
White male guilt.

What emoji best describes you?

Hobbies outside of building web banners?
Building web banners.

Most embarrassing agency experience?
I was ’White Shoe Man’, a man-sized white boat shoe mascot for an A-League derby match between Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United.

What were you doing before Circul8 and why didn’t we find you sooner?
I spent most of my life in Queensland with a good chunk at Brisbane agency, Junior; creating successful campaigns across a number of government and commercial clients. I arrived in Sydney a few years ago for a change of scenery and have spent most of my time freelancing for agencies like Grey, Host, We Are Social and Isobar to name a few.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
That creative problem-solving is valuable to any industry.

What would you change about your job if you could?
The gender pay gap.

Why Circul8?
It’s not often you find an agency that shares many of the same interests and motivations (and has a spot for you).

What gets you up in the morning?
An orange mocha frappuccino.

Favourite example of digital advertising?
Geico’s ‘Unskippable’ campaign from 2015 is dead simple.

Example of digital that makes you cringe?
‘Cracked Chiropractic Commercial’ from 2013 by Rhett & Link (though technically it’s supposed to make you cringe).

Dinner with one person, dead or alive?
President Trump.

Any tips for aspiring creatives?
Pick your battles, feedback is your friend, rationalise everything.

Lastly, will robots take over the world?
Almost definitely.


Meet Annie

Say hello to Annie Chesterman, our new General Manager. Getting Annie on board is like a trophy in itself and to be honest, we now couldn’t imagine life without her. She brings a breath of fresh air and a wealth of experience and knows just how to bring us closer together.

Annie Chesterman

See what we unearthed when we played 15 questions…

  1. What’s your favourite emoji?


  1. What were you doing before Circul8 and why didn’t we find you sooner?

I was hiding at ABC and Triple J for the last 15+ years. I spent the last 3 years there working as Chief of Staff to MD Mark Scott but before that I managed the development and launch of many digital projects and products including mobile apps, the content platform ABC Open and the hugely successful

  1. What’s been your favourite triplej Unearthed performance?

Has to be Flume but there are so many!

  1. Why Circul8? What attracted you to this role?

I’m a really hands-on person that’s passionate about digital, product development and nurturing creative teams. Circul8 ticked all the boxes and then some. After chatting with Circul8’s Managing Director, Alana Stocks, I was impressed by how gutsy and tenacious she was. She exuded an entrepreneurial spirit that I really liked and wanted to be a part of.

  1. What’s most rewarding about your job?

Being in a position that allows me to build a great team, to help people develop and succeed. People don’t always know what they’re capable of and sometimes all they need is a champion.

  1. Got a free time management tip for us time poor creatives?

Tackle the most difficult tasks first thing in the morning when your brain is fresh.

  1. If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be?

Tina Fey, David Bowie, Salvador Dali – am fascinated by their creative brains.

  1. Favourite book?

Ooh tough one… I read a lot. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It’s a book for our times and focusses on a character who demonstrates how to deal with changing social and political situations with unbelievable grace.

  1. The app that you can’t live without?

Spotify. I can’t go without music!

  1. What do you enjoy most about digital marketing?

I’ve always loved the interactivity of the digital world. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the offline and online world work together in a way that makes our lives better.

  1. Will robots take over the world?

Hopefully not! It’s becoming something that keeps me up at night.

  1. We’re starting to see more women in leadership positions. How do you think an agency can benefit from being female-led? Any advice for women thinking about pursuing a leadership role?

I’ve had great mentors in my career, both female and male. In my experience, both can be equally great in leadership positions.  At the end of the day, it’s more about your personality and approach. I think female leadership can bring different things to the equation – strength with a dose of empathy which is particularly important in the creative industry where you’re dealing with ideas and creative personalities.

Advice for women… be courageous and back yourself. It’s what men have done for centuries.  

  1. Any guilty pleasures?

……Spanish Soap Operas on Netflix

  1. How would your kids describe you?

“Persevering, intelligent and very loving” – Sophia (Well played Sophia 👍)

  1. When did you learn there was no Santa Claus?

Too soon… I had three older siblings.