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

Chin Yee Lam  Head of Data Visualization
Yin Duan  Graphic Designer
& Data Visualizer
Sam McGlennon  Climate and Modern Slavery
Laura Trueb  Strategy Associate
Daniel McKenna  Senior Strategy Associate
Thomas Kelly  Junior Designer
Ryan Geronimi  Strategy Associate
Adam Alexander  Head of Technology
Renee Walker  Head of Sustainability Services
Romy Morssinkhof  Strategy Associate
Sue White  Finance Manager
Neha Nagpal  Strategy Associate
Sten White  Strategy & Operations Associate
Matt Van Someren  Senior Climate Strategist
Katrina Pitkin  Design Director
Alex Gold  Head of ESG
CEO of BWD North America
Alice Knight  Senior Climate Strategist
Samantha Pearce  Head of Account Services - Design