Derryn Heilbuth

Derryn Heilbuth

Executive Chairman

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

Rowena Young Strategy Intern
Katrina Pitkin Design Director
Alice Knight Senior Climate Strategist
Renee Walker Sustainability Manager
Alex Gold Head of ESG
CEO of BWD North America
Sue White Finance Manager
Chin Yee Lam Head of Data Visualization
Brendan Halbish Head of Design
Robert O’Farrell Design Director
Sten White Associate - North America
Samantha Pearce Head of Account Service - Design
Sam McGlennon Climate and Modern Slavery
Jess Grinter Design Director
Daniel McKenna Strategy Associate
Jim MacDougall Strategy Intern
Yin Duan Graphic Designer
& Data Visualiser
Adam Alexander Head of Technology
Lucy Bradlow Strategic Communications and Campaigns
Romy Morssinkhof Strategy Associate