Giving voice to those who seek a kinder, safer, fairer world

The challenges of the past couple of years have caused many to pause and reflect.

At Currie, more time spent out of the office reconnecting with people and nature has sparked a renewal in our commitment to our clients and making a positive impact on the world. So, with the return to the office in early 2022 have come some fantastic changes that we’re keen to share with you. We’re excited about the future. We still see the possible.

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Mark Paterson

Ryan Ong – who has been instrumental in our process improvement over recent years, as well as fostering our ESG focus – has been appointed Currie’s Chief Executive Officer.

We’ve stretched our geographical footprint beyond Melbourne and Canberra, and further strengthened our expertise in stakeholder and community engagement with the addition of Gabrielle Martinovich. Based in Sydney, Gabrielle knows how to navigate government, industry groups, community and the corporate world to improve collaboration which advances fair and lasting outcomes.

Back in Melbourne, Lilith Palmer brings a wealth of experience helping subject matter experts from food, land, sustainability and the environmental sectors share their stories effectively. Lilith’s experience spans narrative development, content creation, digital production, project management and facilitation.

And last, but definitely not least, An Trinh joined our team as an intern a few weeks back. An has already made her mark with great work on the Little Food Festival. With a background in linguistics, she understands the importance of language and communication (and music!) in bringing people together to build societal change.

We’re excited to introduce these new members of our team and to see the additional value and expertise they bring to our clients – people and organisations that sustain life on the planet.

You may remember a newsletter about the stories of the rivers that run through our brand – read the stories of our new team members below for a little insight into what makes them tick.

Finke River

Having recently hiked the Larapinta Trail, the Finke River, also called Larapinta by Aboriginal people, flows through deeply incised bends and to my favourite watering hole at Glen Helen Gorge. Said to be the world’s oldest; this large, prominent river is one of four main rivers of the Lake Eyre Basin and only flows a couple of days every year. The Finke rises south of Mount Ziel in the MacDonnell Ranges of south-central Northern Territory providing abundant birdlife and respite to hikers among the rocky outcrops of the Larapinta.

– Gabrielle Martinovich, Senior Consultant 

Towamba River

The Towamba River was life for my family – a water source, a meeting place for far-flung neighbours and a practical way to cool down in the heat of summer. I remember losing races along its banks to my older (faster) sister, hours of swimming, catching and smoking freshwater eels. The river sustained us with so much more than fresh water.

– Lilith Palmer, Senior Consultant 

Bac Lieu River

The Bac Lieu River, though small, is one of the many rivers that are part of the journeys of my parents to Australia in the early 1980s. Fleeing Vietnam on small fishing boats, they embarked on treacherous voyages through dangerous seas, in hopes of finding a new life. I grew up hearing stories of these journeys, which have shaped so much of who I am now. To my family and I, the Bac Lieu River represents a new start.

– An Trinh, Intern 

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Currie acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country where we work throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.