Lissa Barnum

CEO Founder
Lissa Barnum is a Designer, Educator and Business builder. Her focus is on ‘community,’ maximising human potential through the application of Human Centred Design (HCD), methods.  She is CEO and Working across the Corporate, Government and Educational sectors, she attributes her problem solving to ‘collaboration’, applying co-design and appreciative inquiry to market solutions. Through the creation of strategic frameworks, she helps support ‘change,’ for organisations as well as communities. A practicing designer of 25+ years, Senior Lecturer & Academic of 16 years, her MBA (Uni. of Adelaide), in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Commercialisation, is ideal partner to her Design experience applying Research, Impact (Measurement) & Sustainability, to client outcomes. Lissa was born and raised in Mexico, hence her empathy for community. She’s fluent in Spanish and when not consulting or teaching in Sydney, she lives on a small ranch in the NSW South Coast with partner Andrew.

Andrew Barnum

Chief Creative Partner
Andrew Barnum has 30+ years’ experience as a Designer, Educator and Creative Strategist. As a Creative Director, he is passionately dedicated to social-connection, content creation and constructive adaptation to 21c conditions. Clients include organizations from the Financial services sector to Cultural institutions. His mission is to educate Commerce & Industry through an expressive and productive conversation that acknowledges the value of a Creative and Cultural Economy. Prior to heading up the Creative Industry Faculty at Open Colleges, Andrew was Head of College at Billy Blue College of Design. He holds an Associate Diploma in Graphic Art from RMIT, a Master of Arts (Research) from UTS:FASS and is completing a PhD in the same faculty, investigating the Cultural Contexts of Identity, Nation and Change through the lens of Australian Song in the age of digital music. He is a published songwriter and composer. When not consulting in Design or teaching Creative Process in Sydney, Andrew lives on a small ranch on the NSW South Coast with partner Lissa.


Relationships created out of reciprocal exchange, reflect the notion that out of mutual respect, understanding is reached, resulting in a ‘step-up’ process. This benefits the whole community and is how we create value.


Richard Marshall Business mentor/entrepreneur
Alexandra Mar Habitat for Humanity, AIG, CBA
David Burgess Merger Partners
Rodger Watson Director UTS: DOC (Designing Out Crime Research Centre)
Carron & Stuart Johnston Accounting for your Future


Eugene McGarrell Formerly FACS,  GM Health & Community, icare
Michelle Aneli Psychologist – 2realise, CMRC, Back2Work
Rowena Stulajter CEO 2 realise, The Northern Centre (TNC)
Liliana Hutchinson Social Infrastructure Planner, Shoalhaven City Council
Karen Williams Executive Director, Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Jax Wechsler Founder,
Jessie Williams CEO
Denise Belling Principal,
Avis Mulhall Social entrepreneur, CEO
Tom Dawkins CEO
Derek Lau Animator
John Hanna Motion graphics designer, daily press group


Dr. Olga Camacho Duarte UTS: Business, SDN
Maia Sternberg UTS:Business, Social entrepreneur
Nicole Gray Designer –
Ellen Dahl
Tess Karke Animator
Danielle Feerick Designer
Cayenne Barnum Artist –
Aaron Curle
Si Nguyen Web developer
Billy Blue College of Design
UTS: Shopfront
Sean Callinan JMC Academy  Head of Dept. Animation & Games
Julia Green Designer