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

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