The team

Our culture is humour, innovation, curiosity, and a never-ending flow of ideas. Big enough for any challenge but small enough to stay agile, we respond dynamically to new circumstances and always see the opportunities. Team Starship is a crack unit of experienced strategists, planners, and talented creatives, working with highly practical teams across production, digital and traditional media, social media, and brand development.

In these Covid-driven times, Starship is pleased to say that we are being helped by heaps of talented professional freelancers (and our favourite: moonlighters) whom we’ve worked with over the years across design, branding, video & TV production, styling, radio recording, website development and coding, packaging and media, social and influencer marketing. If there’s anything you need done, we’ve probably already done it. Made the mistakes and also likely won awards. Please brief us and let’s see if we can help you get more than what you need out of the project.

Geoffrey McDonald Bowll

Managing Director

Geoffrey has a deep background in market research prior to establishing Starship in 1991. He's led research and brand strategies for several of Australia's ASX industries, and was the lead writer for Marketing Magazine and the VP of the State Council of the Australian Marketing Institute for 10 years. Geoffrey understands what motivates people to act, which combined with his natural ability to think laterally makes him a lifelong disruptor and challenger of the status quo. Driven by creative and strategic marketing solutions, Geoffrey has led over 150+ commercial product and brand site launches.

Geoffrey factoid #666

Geoffrey has conducted over 1,000 focus groups, but is still often stunned by what people say about their brands.

Prue Kirkcaldie

Creative strategist

Need a deeply emotive creative strategy that will work across all channels to market? Prue is the guide to help your brand evolve and stay relevant, online and offline. Her experience includes time spent in New York, London, Amsterdam, New Zealand, and Australia, working with major and challenger brands to keep them relevant, top of mind and connected. Within Starship, Prue creates high-level communication strategies and looks after the business side of things. Prue is also an artist – her work is all about the narrative that flows from ‘life force’ energy.

Anya Ow

Brand Designer

Anya has a fantastic intuition for how a brand needs to communicate. From a brand's overarching strategy, personality, and language, Anya creates dynamic solutions for her clients to stand out in increasingly crowded marketplaces. From big brands needing multiple strategies to small start-ups who want to stand out and attract the right stakeholders, Anya is your go-to person. Off the clock, she’s a lover of big cities, a foodie, an illustrator, and a writer. She has published two books with a third on its way in 2022, and has also written several short stories for notable magazines such as Asimov's, Lightspeed, Fantasy, and Uncanny.

Anya Factoid #77

Anya loves chocolate, but she's allergic to it, so she can only eat it now and then in tiny quantities.

Helen Papas

Accounts Manager

Helen is found in the background making sure that money comes in and goes out at the appropriate times. Helen provides financial reporting and client reconciliations keeping everyone on budget and on time.

Helen Factoid #24

Helen used to be a husky mom.


Public Relations Manager | Dog

We all love Dakota. She’s switched on, a keen judge of character and very good at figure out the weakest link in the room to beg treats from. Dakota is a futurist and an ideas dog, you’ll also often find her practicing mindfulness by exercising her sleeping skills under a table somewhere. Whether she’s on the job cruising around looking for cuddles or treats, or when she hears the word ‘walk’, she’s simply adorable and a core part of Starship. Her main role is ‘internal communications and human resources’ and we think she’s the best in the biz.

Dakota factoid #91

Dakota is a Groenendael, a Belgian Shepherd dog that was rescued from the pound at around 1 year old. Now a veteran of adland, her favourite part of the agency is the meeting room.

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