At Portable, we pride ourselves on being top heavy with talent, expertise and vision. That’s why on every product and execution our clients work with a senior partner, regardless of the size. Come meet the team.
CO-FOUNDER, SENIOR PARTNER & PARTNERSHIPS
Simon is one of the co-founders of Portable. Over the past 10 years, Simon has been committed to solving complex problems across the finance, legal, community and health sectors both here in Australia and the US. Simon serves as the Australian Ambassador for the New York-based Webby Awards (the Oscars for online) sits on the board of HISA, the digital health peak body, leading their innovation portfolio. He is an active mentor in the Melbourne University Accelerator Program, supporting innovative start ups and is an Adjunct Fellow at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre at Victoria University, supporting innovation in the justice space. He is past National President of AIMIA, at the time the peak digital body in Australia.
CO-FOUNDER, SENIOR PARTNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Andrew is the co-founder of Portable, leading its creative and product direction. The company’s debut product, Portable Film Festival, re-imagined the traditional cinema experience by bringing film and video to phones and portable devices. In 2010 Andrew moved to New York after co-founding Portable Shops, an e-commerce platform for fashion designers and retailers, and co-founded Svbscription, a luxury shopping service connecting customers to personal shoppers across fashion, lifestyle products and accessories. In 2008 Andrew was awarded a British Council Award recognising him as one of Australia’s most prominent digital creatives.
PARTNER & DESIGN STRATEGIST
Eloise Burge is Portable’s Design Strategist. She has extensive experience in service design, user experience, research and strategy design, working on the development of the Supreme Court of Victoria’s case management system. Prior to that Ellie worked as a commercial lawyer for six years. Her skill sets span service design, user experience design and research. She is one of the Top 8 Women in Legal Tech in Australia (Legal Economy).
PARTNER & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST
Jason is the Creative Technologist at Portable, he brings with him extensive experience from 15 years in Senior Lead Technical Roles in Australia and Canada. He was previously the development manager of a Melbourne based IT startup, supervising a team of engineers responsible for building and maintaining high traffic web platforms, developing internal CRMs and delivering custom project work for clients including ANZ and IBM. He has extensive experience in developing platforms and setting up services, including CMS integration and deployments, as well as the languages and frames that are the backbone of front end applications.
Andrew is a senior full-stack developer and technical lead with more than 10 years experience across agencies and in-house development teams. He looks after technical design and leading implementation, with experience in back and front end development of our consumer facing websites, mobile app development as well as ecommerce and B2B portals. Prior to working at Portable, Andrew worked as a developer for Penguin Random House, Monkii, Nine Lanterns.
SENIOR DIGITAL PRODUCER
Sarah is a digital producer with a creative background, driving collaboration in multidisciplinary teams. Sarah is responsible for internal project management as well as leading client communication and relationship development.
LEAD SERVICE DESIGNER
Ryan is a multidisciplinary designer, working internally and with clients to help define and design practical outcomes. A graduate of the Monash school of Art, Design & Architecture (MADA), Ryan has been working in the local design industry for several years and has continued refining his skills in visual design, process design, user experience and business development. Ryan believes that a solid process always underpins a great design.
JAMES TE WIATA
SENIOR UX DESIGNER
James is a senior designer who has worked on a range of projects involving user interface design, user testing facilitation, creating wireframes, designing and prototyping digital interactions and solutions. He emphasises collaboration in his process in getting to the needs of the user.
Steve has 14 years’ experience in software development, particularly with web-based software using a Java backend, interacting with multiple databases. He has extensive experience setting up and maintaining server hardware, virtual machine infrastructure, internet services including DNS, email and web servers, as well as installation, configuration and maintenance of networking infrastructure. Steve has degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from RMIT University.
Joe is a multidisciplinary designer with over 10 years experience in product, communication and user experience design. Joe works collaboratively with end users and clients to research and design strategic solutions that strike a balance between user and organisational needs. He has a background in design for kids and loves creating products, services and stories for people with complex and under-catered-for needs.
Eden has held various policy and communications positions across the public and private sectors. She loves a good problem and is passionate about how services, products and policies can help to make people’s lives better. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism), and is currently studying a Master of Public Policy and Management.
BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE
Annabelle began her career working in fashion while completing her degree at RMIT. She has experience working as a communications consultant and content creator for several Melbourne-based fashion and lifestyle brands. She worked in China before returning to Melbourne to complete her studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations).
Daniel is a designer with a deep curiosity about people and the forces that shape their experiences. Driven to improve the world through good design, he loves collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams to bring ideas to reality. Daniel spent the first phase of his working life as an artist in the video game industry, launching globally successful titles across many platforms and genres. He went on to join a global health charity where he held several roles defining, designing and delivering remarkable experiences for millions of users across the organisation’s digital properties.
QUALITY ASSURANCE LEAD
Justin is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer. He conducts quality assurance processes across all Portable projects, including end to end, regression and critical path testing. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Angeles University Foundation.