Insights consultancy Nature makes hires across Melbourne and Sydney

Strategic insights consultancy, Nature, has announced a number of hires across its Melbourne and Sydney offices.

The company said that the hires are a result of “strong growth in both offices” during 2020-21, and is part of an ongoing investment in people and capabilities.

Nature’s new hires

“People are our #1 asset, so to be able to add these new, talented people has been fantastic,” managing partner, Chris Crook said. “What really makes Nature different is that our clients and people experience us as a very small boutique, yet we consistently perform at scale. Being a ‘boutique with bandwidth’ involves a relentless investment of time and energy in our people and culture.”

Nature has made three hires to the Sydney office, taking the staffing total to seven, almost three years after opening its doors in 2018.

Included in the hires is Vicky Illingworth as associate director, joining from FiftyFive5 to lead “some large existing and recently won accounts”. Jonny Wall also joins from FiftyFive5 as a senior consultant, with past roles at Ipsos and Added Value UK.

James Jayesuria, partner and Sydney managing director said: “It’s great to have these new team members on board and all three have hit the ground running, delivering meaningful impact for both our existing and new clients.”

In the Melbourne office, Manda Le has been hired as associate director, joining from Asahi Lifestyle Beverages, where she was on the insights team. Nature said that her 15 years of experience in the retail and FMCG sectors will bolster “Nature’s already strong FMCG sector expertise”.

Also in Melbourne, Darren Charles has joined from Kantar as a senior analyst and Alex Fulton has joined from T-Garage as a senior consultant.

Finally, Nick Harwood has also joined as project manager from Forethought in order to strengthen Nature’s operational capabilities.

In May, Nature made several senior promotions, to create a new leadership team, consisting of Emma Tommasini, Sharon Spargo, Adrian Compton-Cook and Nick Tucker, in order to work closely with Nature’s partners on the company’s day-to-day operations, strategy and future direction.

In March, Mumbrella reported that the last 12 months had seen several consultancies undertaking new and virtual work, which resulted in quicker turnaround time for brands. Jayesuria said that this had created a lot of new work coming in for the agency.

“We are hearing from new clients about new projects on a regular basis,” he said. “If the start of the year is anything to go by, we will see continued growth in both ongoing work and new clients.


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