Chris Bulford, Managing Director

Chris is a leading strategist and marketer, with outstanding experience in both client and consultancy businesses. His passion for marketing drives his passion for facilitating great outcomes for his clients.

"Marketing creates value. For the consumer. For the retailer. And for the business.

Working with great marketers, which is what we do, is inspiring. Great marketers really do get their consumers. They can get inside their skin like a great actor embodies a role and that insight coupled with great tools will always lead to great strategy."

His client background includes being Marketing Director of Mars Australia, Managing Director of Heinz Australia, and General Manager of Marketing for the National Australia Bank.

On the consultancy side, he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton before founding Circ Consulting. Chris has an MA from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD, in France.

 

Rachel Cooper, Consultant

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"I love seeing a creative solution applied to a difficult problem. That 'aha' moment when suddenly you see the issues in a new way and it leads you to a new strategy."

Rachel is an experienced analyst, with extensive Marketing experience, on both the client and agency side.  She was a Brand Manager with Mars Australia, and has worked on client businesses in industries as diverse as FMCG and Mining.  Rachel has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.

Rachel is also an experienced producer, having worked in the commercial and corporate tv sectors. Her experience extends across producing film, animation and motion graphics with a focus on creative and engaging storytelling.

 

Kiersten Eddy, Consultant

Kiersten has an extensive marketing and research background, encompassing both client and consulting experience. Her client background includes senior marketing management with Kraft Foods Limited, L’Oreal and Peters Ice Cream.  Kiersten has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University.

 

Lisa Sassella, Consultant

Lisa is a senior marketing and communications specialist with experience in manufacturing and service organisations across the private and public sectors. Lisa’s career spans the fast moving consumer goods industry with companies including PZ Cussons, Dulux and Heinz, and the arts sector, as General Manager Marketing & Communications at the National Gallery of Victoria. Lisa’s previous consulting experience includes strategy planning for Telstra at Publicis Mojo, income development projects for not for profits, and brand strategy assignments.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Marketing Advisory Board at Deakin University.

 

Mary-Jane Walker, Creative Consultant

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Mary-Jane Walker is a leading creative thinker, who brings a different perspective to our clients’ problems and opportunities.

Mary-Jane is both a scientist and an artist. She worked at the Innovation Centre in the London Design Centre, and her art has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. She has three times been a finalist in the Australian Contemporary Textile Award.

She is now on the Audience and Engagement Committee of the Geelong Art Gallery where she is also a STEAM advisor, enriching exhibitions by bringing science and art together.

Mary-Jane has a B.AgSc from the University of Adelaide, a doctorate in Molecular Genetics from the University of Edinburgh and graduated in art from RMIT University.