• Adam Blue, Naomi Lemmon and Greg Aldridge

    Adam Blue, Naomi Lemmon and Greg Aldridge

  • Adam Blue, Amy Ginis, Victoria Schnabl and Tammy Ven Dange

    Adam Blue, Amy Ginis, Victoria Schnabl and Tammy Ven Dange

  • Naomi Lemmon, Nigel Phair and Susi Tegen

    Naomi Lemmon, Nigel Phair and Susi Tegen

  • Rob Clode and Robert Hunt

    Rob Clode and Robert Hunt

  • Gaby with Sarah Bowyer

    Gaby with Sarah Bowyer

  • Neil Robertson and Emily Tighe

    Neil Robertson and Emily Tighe

  • Pat McCabe, Lorin Joyce and James Palmer

    Pat McCabe, Lorin Joyce and James Palmer

  • Kate Gunn, Mark Chin and Sandy Gibbs

    Kate Gunn, Mark Chin and Sandy Gibbs

  • Terry Weber, Ricky Stuart and James Service

    Terry Weber, Ricky Stuart and James Service

  • Ryan Jon, Tanya Hennessy and Bill Bradley

    Ryan Jon, Tanya Hennessy and Bill Bradley

  • James with Andrew Collins

    James with Andrew Collins

  • Chief Minister Andrew Barr and CRE8IVE Managing Partner James Willson

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr and CRE8IVE Managing Partner James Willson

  • Alex Sloan and John Faulks

    Alex Sloan and John Faulks

  • Nicole Gaha, Chris Faulks and Mark Parton

    Nicole Gaha, Chris Faulks and Mark Parton

  • Graeme Shaw, Richard and Sue Hart and Alberto Florez

    Graeme Shaw, Richard and Sue Hart and Alberto Florez

  • Catherine Prosser and Paul Bissett

    Catherine Prosser and Paul Bissett

  • Michael Liu

    Michael Liu

  • Damian Schroeter, Zoe Phillips, Theresa Orme and Bevan Sharp

    Damian Schroeter, Zoe Phillips, Theresa Orme and Bevan Sharp

  • Caitlin Silec and Elizabeth Harris

    Caitlin Silec and Elizabeth Harris

  • Naomi Lemmon and Ken Brownrigg

    Naomi Lemmon and Ken Brownrigg

  • Andrew Buttsworth and Michael Peel

    Andrew Buttsworth and Michael Peel

  • Oliver Munoz and Jonathan Beaumont

    Oliver Munoz and Jonathan Beaumont

  • Shu Ling Chua and Saini Copp

    Shu Ling Chua and Saini Copp

  • Joan Holden and Paul Whiteley

    Joan Holden and Paul Whiteley

  • Paul Lawton and Susie Walford

    Paul Lawton and Susie Walford

  • Sally Wagnon, Clare Flannery and Laura Hannan

    Sally Wagnon, Clare Flannery and Laura Hannan

  • Julian Farmer, Adam Howarth and James Service

    Julian Farmer, Adam Howarth and James Service

CRE8IVE: New Premises, Let's Party

4 February 2016

There are times when I could happily hurl the computer/s out the window. That’s the times when things go wrong of course, because when it all works smoothly they are the wonder of our brave new world of communication and creativity. And when you have a trusted go-to fixer, usually from a generation who were born to understand the intricacies and idiosyncracies of the beasts, my world is a happier place.
That expertise for me is with CRE8IVE. They’ve metaphorically speaking held my hand through the creation, implementation and expansion of this website, and I’ve enjoyed the giant learning curve, their support and friendship.

It all goes back a little further though. When I first met James Willson, the Managing Partner and Founder of CRE8IVE on the back verandah of Old Parliament House with two of his colleagues many years ago it was the beginning of a great friendship that endures through business changes, many events and now for him a perfect partner and new baby son. I originally called the three the ‘Awesome Threesome’, now CRE8IVE is just ‘awesome’, growing exponentially in a market that demands commitment, creativity, talent, digital expertise and a social conscience. They are the whole package, their work extraordinary and exciting and the team ever younger and more talented.

They moved their office before last Christmas and have settled in at 40 Marcus Clarke Street on the 10th floor with panoramic views over the city to Black Mountain fitting it out with an industrial style of polished concrete floors, feature walls of my favourite Canberra bricks, a vertical garden of course, a table tennis table and a welcoming environment. I did expect to see a few bikes in the foyer, the signature of inner city dwellers but for the party to celebrate the new premises it was Alex Sloan and her husband Rob Thorman who pedalled in from their inner city ‘burb.

What a great party it was. An eclectic mix of Canberra’s movers and shakers where you could catch up with what everyone had been up to over the Christmas break. Some had been to the on trend Noma happily devouring sea urchins, most to the coast to relish fish and chips. Graeme Shaw had a remedy for my own ailment of ‘international flight flu’ that Chris Faulks reckons will last for at least seven weeks. And (Justice) John Faulks is soon to retire from the bench, while my mate Mark Parton has joined opposition leader Jeremy Hanson to teach him how to make the most of social media leading up to the election.

And I met Andrew Collins the guru in the CRE8IVE system who makes this website run. He might be just an email away but now he is real and happy to teach me a few more whiz bang things. It could take time, but I’ll happily sit in at this new CRE8IVE space for a proper conversation, and catch up with people who are fun to work with.