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Fiftyfive5 expands local and global talent

MEDIA RELEASE: June 21 2021: Insight-led consulting business Fiftyfive5 reports continued growth with 45 new hires between June 2020 and June 2021 across all geographies and levels, bringing the agency headcount to 147.

“The changes in consumer and community behaviour through COVID has seen significant investment from clients looking to better understand this change and the opportunities and risks it presents.  Investment in research and insight continues to grow and we have positioned for that growth by scaling up and strengthening our team .”  Mark Sundquist CEO

Pictured: Damian Frankcom, Ben Vernon, Lisa Gray

There has been significant growth geographically, with a key focus on growing the Melbourne office to better support and deliver to Melbourne based clients.  The Melbourne office has doubled in size in 12 months.  Lead by Jenny Witham and with 12 new hires, the team of 18 will be moving to a new office space in July to accommodate further growth.

The New Zealand office has grown 50%, increased the team by 3 this year, and recently took home the judges’ special commendation award at this year’s Research Association New Zealand (RANZ) research awards.  Also joining Chris Richardson and the Singapore team are Zul Xulkarnain, Enzo Lai and Kenneth Chen bringing the team, that leads the management of global performance measurement programs, to 5.

Across all our offices there has been significant investment in the next generation of talent with 9 new hires through our Graduate program and 2 interns joining the new internship program in the Melbourne office, strengthening direct relationships with several of Australia’s leading Universities. 

The Social and Community team has doubled in size under the leadership of Partner Mathew Densten, with a team of 14 across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.  The traction the team have achieved in a relatively short space of time is significant, including large programs of work to drive COVID-19 vaccination, uptake of digital health, service improvement in aged care, mental health and tourism and job creation.

“Our team has been entrusted to work on some of the most critical social challenges facing the nation today, it has been a real privilege partnering with our clients and bringing the voice of the community to these challenges.  We are excited to see the social impact of the work we are doing today and are looking forward to what the future holds for the social and community team…” Mathew Densten Partner

There has also been significant investment in data analytics capability with the hire of Damian Frankcom and Vanessa Hargraves joining Director of Advanced Analytics Todd Eldridge and Tom Wakefield.  Damian brings deep knowledge of data modelling and analytics and extensive experience in Tableau.  Vanessa Hargraves specializes in data analytics and data visualization. 

Director Ben Vernon has joined our growing CX team to build and enhance our capability in all aspects of customer experience.  Ben has a strong background in Financial Services and Telecommunications and most recently led Experience Design and the Innovation Lab at Commonwealth Bank.

To support the team growth, onboarding, training and development and career progression, Lisa Gray has been appointed as Head of People & Culture.

“The strength of our teams and people, our commitment to learning and development, clear career progression pathways and investment in overall employee experience are the foundations that support the growth of FiftyFive5” Lisa Gray Head of People and Culture

Website: FiftyFive5

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