Derryn Heilbuth

Derryn Heilbuth

Managing Director

Thirty-one years ago when Derryn founded BWD she understood then – as now – that communicating strategy requires an ability to think strategically, tell a compelling story and write, design, illustrate or animate messages in a way that connects emotionally and intellectually.

Studying French in Paris and English literature under author J.M. Coetzee instilled a love of language. Covering women’s issues as a newspaper journalist in apartheid South Africa taught her to question orthodoxies. Working on magazines and in television brought an appreciation of how each communication medium requires similar fundamentals: well-expressed, engaging content. And running Westpac’s publications team introduced her to corporate storytelling.

Derryn loves dancing, particularly African-style. After being the only mother forced by her daughter to sit out at the year six mother-daughter dance, she now restricts her performances to the (happily) frequently-held extended family dinners. She also finds an outlet for creative expression in gardening, collecting art and providing interior design advice to her long-suffering children.

Our team

Robert O’Farrell Design Director
Samantha Pearce Account Director
Luke Heilbuth Head of Strategy
Brendan Halbish Head of Design
Yin Duan Graphic Designer
Adam Alexander Head of Digital
Alex Gold Head of ESG
CEO of BWD Americas
Sue White Finance Manager
Sam McGlennon Climate and Modern Slavery
Alice Knight Senior Climate Strategist
Jess Grinter Design Director
Amy Gordon Head of Operations
Katrina Pitkin Design Director
Chin Yee Lam Head of Data Visualization
Romy Morssinkhof Strategy Associate