Meet the Unthinkers

There is incredible value in diversity of experience and perspective.
We truly believe that uncommon people do uncommon work.


Gavin McDonough

Founder & Managing Partner

An entrepreneurial business leader, Gavin is adept to building business whilst combating rapidly changing markets, customers, technologies and consumption behaviours. Gavin has partnered with world class brands across APAC and the U.S.A. in between half marathon running adventures.



Bowie You

UX Designer

Bowie is a bright UX designer with a keen eye for digital business. Bowie has a business degree and cut her teeth in digital recruitment experience, which helps her to apply design thinking in the business context. Outside work, Bowie is an avid foodie and animal lover.



Jonas Katzellenbourg

Senior Partner & Principal Consultant

With a background Behavioural Economics, Jonas has helped propel a diverse range of organisations including LVMH, BioCeuticals, Blackmores and American Express. When he’s not in office you’ll find him hosting lavish dinner parties.



Maya Gazzard

Head of People Operations

Maya is a proud and passionate people-person. She takes a hands-on approach to building and maintaining our thriving culture and is our go-to person for well, everything. When not working Maya mentors up and comers and takes a keen interest in Japanese food and culture.



Matt Olney

Head of Service  & Customer Experience Design

Matt’s been in design for 18 years, helping customers craft digital products and services across government, finance and healthcare. Outside the office you’ll find him hard at it, in the gym or kicking back eating pizza, just to maintain balance.



Leena Mistry

Finance Manager

Having studied Management Accounting in the UK and with over 15 years experience in the finance industry, Leena has deep financial knowledge and expertise. Away from work, you’ll find her quietly but steadily building a stationery empire.




Ryan McDonough

Founder & Managing Partner

With 15+ years business and operations experience, Ryan has a reputation for delivering world class work for category leading brands like Netflix, Coca-Cola, Telstra and Microsoft. An AFL fanatic with a penchant for 90’s rock, Ryan’s action packed weekends are equally impressive.




John Halpin

Senior Partner & Principal Consultant

A marketing strategist with over 20 years experience across multiple markets, John revels in tackling big challenges with blue chip clients like Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Coca-Cola and Microsoft amongst many others. John also revels in riding his bike, preferably downhill.



Jack Chen

Senior Solution Architect

Jack is not only a senior solution architect, he’s also a full stack developer crossing from frontend and backend to middleware/API development. He’s an expert multi-tasker, a skill also being honed away from work with his new born daughter.



Chris Rodriguez

Frontend Developer

Javascript developer and UX engineer consulting across various industries and specialising in digital transformation projects. He has worked across both public and private agencies and always aims to deliver the right solution and technology stack for the problem at hand.



Kate Abell

Technical Project Manager

Kate’s been working in the industry for 14 years to deliver creative solutions across a number of clients including ANZ Bank, Citibank, Microsoft, MTV, Unilever and Novartis. Outside of the office, Kate studies Natural Medicine making the Bioceuticals account, the perfect opportunity to combine her passion and professional project management experience.



Want To Join The Team?

We’re always interested in meeting great talent.

If you want to be part of a project team and share your skills with us, then check out our Careers page. See if our values align with yours and read through our benefits. If you’re an Independent Consultant, then head to our Consult page. We look forward to hearing from you.


Meet our Advisors

We’re proud to have the support of some of Australia’s most progressive business minds.

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Sam McDonagh

Country Manager Australia & New Zealand - Airbnb

An innovator within the eCommerce sector. Sam has shaped numerous Australian and international businesses. His experience of scaling businesses from startup to market leader is enviable in Australia.



Emma Jones

Founder at Project F and Future of Work

A talent expert with over 20 years experience in a wide cross section of people and talent disciplines. Emma has a passion for ensuring gender diversity, female empowerment and closing the gender gap are baked into company culture.



Rob Sheffield

CEO, COO & Board Director

An experienced senior executive with a successful track record in leading, sustaining and growing businesses from start up to public listing. Rob’s knowledge in the recruitment sector is invaluable to Unthink.