Our Team

 

Our strength lies in the people who make up the Chas Clarkson team...

 


 Managing Director
Tim
Clarkson

Tim joined Chas Clarkson in 1991 and is the founder of the successful Christmas Concepts Division.
Tim oversees the complete operation and retains a strong link with our valued clients.

Tim loves Christmas decoration and lighting (of course!) and looks forward to December when all of the projects are complete
and the team can celebrate the end of a hectic and successful season.
Tim is an avid skier and loves all things sporty.



Finance Director
Mike Clarkson


Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant and joined the company in 1995.
Mike oversees the strategic and financial aspects of the business.

 

  Jasmine Davidson 
Executive Assistant

Jasmine is a passionate and motivated marketing and administration professional with extensive knowledge spanning over 20 years.
She has a proven track record of being highly organised in various dynamic environments.

Growing up with a German mother and an English father, Christmas for Jasmine means celebrating in style on Christmas Eve with copious
amounts of food, wine and music....which is usually followed with a family  drive or walk to see local Christmas lights later in the evening.

 


 

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

 

Jason Sole 
NSW Senior Account Manager
 

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in Media, Events & Entertainment.
He has worked extensively with major retail properties throughout Australia; supplying live entertainment and bespoke activations,
                                                                                 often with interactive or digital components.                                                                                               

Christmas for Jason often means trips to Melbourne or Adelaide to reunite with family.
With 2 young boys in tow, there is never a dull moment – and lots of excitement!
  

 

Sally Clarkson  
NSW Account Manager

                            Sally has worked in our Project team for numerous years and specialises in Christmas Concepts for our retail and service based clients. 

Sal loves long Summer nights and catching up with friends after the intense haul of work in the lead up to Christmas,
giving the kids pressies and long Christmas lunches!  

Sall is a devoted mother of 3 girls and enjoys hanging out with them, discovering the world.  
She is a bit of a nature girl who loves walking in the mountains.
 

  

 Jeff Reingold
NSW Account Manager
 

Jeff joins Chas Clarkson with a successful background in film, TV and promotions and brings a wealth of experience to the Chas Clarkson team. 

Christmas for Jeff is remembering the season in Canada with cold winters, warm fireplaces,
Christmas Eve dinners with pumpkin pie and eggnog and great Christmas decorations!

 

Nicole Vera
Account Manager Assistant NSW
 

Nicole brings a variety of experience to Chas Clarkson having worked for over 15 years in the Financial Services and
Retail Industries as well as being a qualified Interior Designer and Stylist.


A perfect Christmas for Nicole includes being surrounded by her family, enjoying a delicious mid-night feast and
listening to Mariah Carey singing Christmas Carols – bliss!

 

Ellisha Gardner
Sales Coordinator and Administrator
 

Ellisha moved to Sydney in 2010 to pursue a career as an operatic singer but decided to move into transport and logistics
a short time later. It was from there that she moved into a customer relations role and has enjoyed every moment of it.
  

Christmas on the Mid North Coast can be spent no other way then playing cricket on the beach with family. Ellisha is the second oldest of eight
children and loves nothing more than spending Christmas caroling, playing games and looking at all the Christmas decorations in her home town
with family. When not in the Christmas season, Ellisha loves camping, fishing and spending time with friends.
  

 

    Narelle Lloyd 
VIC & SA Senior Account Manager

Narelle first joined Chas in 2010 and with over 20 years experience in the events industry, covering major events, exhibitions, projects and account management. She is a highly accomplished results driven professional who is enthusiastic and passionate. 
 
Narelle truly loves all things Christmas! The best part is taking a blank canvas and producing something so special that makes children squeal with delight and adules smile in awe at what we create.To have a balance between work and life, Narelle keeps fit training and competing in Dragon Boat Racing with the Melbourne Flames and the Australian ' Auroras'. 
 

   

Simon Quinn
QLD Senior Account Manager

Simon is a Senior Account Manager for Chas Clarkson heading up the QLD office. Simon has over 16 years experience in the
Christmas industry and an intimate knowledge of all our QLD clients. 

Simon loves getting involved in the festive season, Mince Pies with Brandy Sauce and cooking a huge lunch for family and friends.
Relaxation means sports, cars, great wine and cheese, skiing…not all at once of course!
   

 


Sean Murtagh
QLD Account Manager
 

Sean joined the QLD team as a full time Project Manager in 2009 after several seasons in our installation teams.
Sean brings this vital on site experience to his Account Manager role.
 

 On Christmas, Sean enjoys cooking a roast dinner for his family and all of the Christmas lights and decorations. Sean plays Rugby,
watches Rugby, talks about Rugby, enjoys music (Rugby Songs, only joking and a cold beer, after Rugby.
    

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

 Project Operations Director 
Julie-Anne Spencer

 

Julie-Anne has been the Operations & Production Manager since 2008 and has been with Chas Clarkson since 2004.
As Production Manager Jules manages a diverse and talented team who design and create our unique concepts and juggles many balls at once. 

Christmas… "Love it", says Jules. Love decorations that make you smile. Love family time, surprises and relaxing.  Love a hot summer's day, a seafood lunch, feeling full and REST! Jules is passionate about everything she is involved in, loves problem solving and Rugby, "Go the TAHS".   ! 
Home is where her heart is ...with her girl, her cat and her dogs.

    

Margaret Farr
NSW Project Manager

Margaret joined Chas Clarkson as a NSW Project Manager in 2012 after previously working for a multi-award winning event and
exhibition company. She has experience Project managing custom exhibitions, specialty events and experiential concepts. 

On Christmas Day, Margaret loves hanging out with friends and family and Christmas ham!  Margaret loves going to the local pub
with friends to sink a few beers, winning in pool comps and giving the boys a run for their money. A real music lover- old stuff, new stuff and live.  
Rivers Cuomo from Weezer - Love xx  Allen Ginsberg - Howl'.

 

 Josh Anderson
NSW Project Manager

Josh joined Chas with an events background, working across a large variety of projects; music festivals, sporting events and
food and wine festivals. The event industry is his passion, physically watching projects come to life is something that he takes true pride in.

He is a “Shire” boy who enjoys music and the beach in my down time. 

What Josh loves most about Christmas is that it is the time of year where the whole family can come together, wear fashionable Christmas
sweaters, eat more food than imaginable and simply enjoy the magic of Christmas!  “Even though it is a very frantic time of year,
it's funny how we all eventually come back down to Earth and have peace.”
  

 
 James Forsyth 
NSW Project Manager
                             
James comes from an events background, having worked for various event and production companies both in and out of Australia.
For the last five years he has been living and working in London and worked with a couple of large event production companies to deliver
many interesting events throughout the UK and Europe. Once his time in the UK was finished, James made his way back to Australia via eight months
of backpacking through Central and South America, a part of the world that he cannot recommend enough!!


HIs take on Christmas is enjoying the family festivities from the morning, well into the night....this includes the essentials like endless food,
cold beer, some backyard cricket and lots of laughs!
 
 
 
Sonet Collins 
NSW Project Manager
 
Sonet comes from the events and entertainment industry and has worked on such a varied amount of projects from musical festivals to interactive cubes on wharfs and even a little lighting design.

She is a Bondi born girl but spent almost 10 years living in Melbourne, so she warns us that she is  a complete coffee snob and will apologise in advance for any comments she makes about Sydney coffee.
 
 

Jeanette Ward
     QLD Project Manager
 

Jeanette has over 16 years experience in the Christmas industry and has a great understanding of our complete operation. 
She coordinates the QLD office to ensure our clients receive high levels of service and all our projects run smoothly.
What Jeanette likes best about Christmas…Rum balls, Christmas Carols, Christmas lights. Jeanette is into exercising, listens to
Johnny Cash, enjoys great wine and cheese and snowboarding.
         
 
Angie Beach 
Project Coordinator VIC / SA

Angie joined Chas Clarkson as the VIC Project Coordinator in 2012 after previously working for an event and exhibition company. In addition to many years as an account manager for them she also has over 20 years behind her in International Hotel Management in UK, Asia and Australia.Angie's childhood was spent in the UK so I have fond memories of dark wintery days at the shops enjoying the many varied
Christmas decorations sparkling against the night skies!
 

 

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CREATIVE & TECHNICAL TEAM



David Ward
Creative & Technical Director
 

David joined Chas Clarkson in 2012 and bought a wealth of experience in event production and management, lighting design,
experiential marketing and custom display manufacturing. In 2015, David was instrumental in initiating our Technical Department.

Christmas favourites are the atmosphere of city street lighting, gift-wrapping, and spending time with loved ones.  David has eclectic interests,
and loves marking the start of the summer season with music festivals, wine appreciation and collection and producing music, customising
and modifying vehicles, lighting design and innovation.

       

Karl Grassl
Design Manager
 

Karl is a Cabinet Maker with a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Coburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Karl did his internship in exhibition design on Shanghai. Karl started work for Chas Clarkson as a casual in early 2103
and is now our Senior Designer.

For Christmas, he loves to bake cookies…the favourite collection of cookies his Mum used to bake when he was younger. 
Karl confesses to being a last minute Christmas present shopper and never makes it to buy all of his presents on time. Loves the life in

Surry Hills, especially with extended late Aussie breakfast on the weekends and on rainy Sundays he usually bakes a cake for
work colleagues as a  treat for Monday!

         

Andy Bartlett
Designer

Andy is a recent arrival to our Design Department but it seems to all like he has been with us for a long time. He graduated from
Victoria University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Design Innovation. Most of his experience is in graphic design and he also has experience
in 3D modeling and rendering.
  

The best things about Christmas for Andy  is the magic it creates and the joy it gives everyone, Getting presents is always a bonus! Andy
loves design, sport, movies, travel and any kind of outdoor activity. He also loves to cook even though he says that he is rather terrible.           

 


Jialing Mew
Junior Designer


Jialing grew up in the Philippines and came to Sydney 5 years ago to study at UNSW’s School of Art and Design, graduating with
a Bachelor’s in 3D Object and Graphic Design.

"My favourite part about Christmas back home, where the Christmas season begins in September,  
is the much awaited Noche Buena - midnight feast on Christmas Eve."


 
Lucas Hemingway
Production Designer 3D CAD

Lucas joined the team in May 2014 and he came to us as a graduate of Newcastle University in Industrial Design.
Having worked for Chas Clarkson as a consultant in 2013 on a number of key jobs and shown a strong capability in Production Design
Chas Clarkson was excited to offer Lucas a full time position as a Production Designer in the Technical Production Department.


Lucas has a keen interest in modified cars and adrenalin sports and loves that Christmas brings family together. “Christmas means family”…
  


 
Lisa Lubar 
Marketing & Showroom Coordinator

Lisa, who joined the company in 2009, has vast experience in Visual Merchandising and was previously
General Manager of Visual Merchandising at David Jones. Lisa wears many hats around Chas.

For Lisa, Christmas is about  finding that perfect gift for someone special... the  special scents associated with Christmas …pine,
cinnamon, roast turkey and the family tradition of Dad reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with his children and grandchildren all around him. 
A bit of a mad keen potter and passionate about all things design.  She is an avid hunter, gatherer and collector… a self confessed bower bird!

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   PURCHASING & LOGISTICS TEAM

 

Adam Walker 
Supply Chain Manager

Adam has been with the company for 10 years and has tremendous knowledge of the Chas Clarkson product range and the
organisation required to collate and dispatch our projects.

 
Christmas thought: It’s all about eating too much then sleeping it off! Passionate about all illumination and new exciting techno stuff.
Ads is a lover of architecture and you could say he is a bit keen on the All Blacks. His favourite knock off beer is an India Pale Ale and
favourite artist is Eddie Vedder.

       

Andrew Thant Zin Oo
Warehouse & Distribution Manager
Andrew joined Chas Clarkson full time in 2008 as Dispatch and Warehouse Manager with extensive experience and also works with the
Purchasing Department to assist with overseas sourcing and purchase.

At Christmas, Andrew likes looking at the lights, decorations and Christmas cards and spending time with family.
Andrew enjoys relaxing in bed watching DVDs and spending time with his kids.

         

Marcus Pitchall
Import Logistics & Procurement Coordinator

Marcus has spent the majority of his career in Logistics and Procurement both nationally and internationally. 
He is a Botany local with two beautiful young daughters who attend a local Botany primary school
.

“Christmas is all about the kids on Christmas morning.  I love to see the look of wonderment in their eyes as they see their
Santa sacks under the Christmas tree.  Christmas to me means family, food and togetherness as well as lots of lights and decorations!”
  

 

Leo Loreto
Import Logistics -Procurement Officer 
 

Joining us in 2017, Leo has over 16 years experience in purchasing and shipping both local and international.
He enjoys quality time with family, going to the gym, Hapkido and loves photography as a hobby.

Christmas for Leo means time to slow down and have quality time with loved ones...listening to Christmas Carols and looking at all
of the lights and decorations.
Attending the midnight mass and being thankful to the Almighty for all the blessings he has showered on us.

 

 

 


 
 
 
PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Gerard Ryan
Production & Logistics Director
  

Gerard came on board with twenty years of event and brand experential experience- from design to production,delivering custom built solutions for many high end clients and agencies. 
Down time for Gerard can reign from reading, walking, looking after his two sons and when it is warm, scuba diving. Coming from the Northern hemispher, Gerard is still not settled into the warm Christmas holiday down under...but hanging with family and friends on the day with great seafood and
good wine eases the pain!

 

  Peter Sykes
Bespoke Production Manager


  For the past 20 years, Peter ran his own business offering a boutique set building and object making service and actually worked in this capacity with us 17 years ago! Joining Chas in 2017, he first worked on a project in this capacity with us 17 years ago and has had a strong working relationship with us ever since! 

Peter loves riding his mountain bike, two highlights are riding trails in the Rocky Mountains in Canada and cycling down the west coast of India – crazy and unforgettable. A keen snowboarder for 30 years too! 

Growing up, Peter’s Mum and Dad made Christmas morning magical and now he and his wife have fun trying to do the same for their two young daughters.  He enjoys a sumptuous lunch, followed by the oldies snooze and then doing it all over again on Boxing Day!

 

 

  Tracy Martins
Core Production Manager
 

With over 20 years experience in all areas of signage industry, Tracy commenced employment at Chas Clarkson in 2012 as Production Coordinator and Estimator, after having worked on various projects with Chas for 7 years.

Christmas is all about spoiling the kids, nothing compares to seeing the excitement on their faces as they rip open the perfectly wrapped presents overflowing from under the tree! Family, friends eating, drinking, relaxing - it doesn’t get better! ‘

  

Jake DeSousa
 Production Coordinator
 

Jake had been a casual production worker with Chas for 3 seasons before we brought him aboard fulltime.
Having worked as a free lance graffiti artist, painting murals around Sydney, Jake is our super spray painter and does much of the refurbishment
and maintenance work on sets and props as well as building Santa sets in the workshop.

Christmas for Jake means being surrounded by loved ones. Being half Australian and half Portugeuse, Christmas is huge and involves lots and lots of good food,
good drinks loud music and laughter. 

 
 
 
Oleg Pidrutsnoi
 Production Coordinator
 
  
Oleg became a member of our casual pre-decoration team in 2014 and after joining us again in 2015, he became a permanent member of our production team in early 2016. Oleg supervises our predec and assembly teams.  He also expertly oversees our Hire Product Register.
 
 
 
 
Agnieszka Tobiasz 
Production Estimator

 Aga joined us as a casual in our pre-decoration team during the 2014 and after proving to be a very valued team player and honing her skills and knowledge, has recently become a permanent member in our production team.

For Aga Christmas is snow, minus temperatures, smell of real tree at home and delicious Polish feast. Visiting and spending quality time with my family and friends as well as giving and receiving gifts. I love summer don’t get me wrong but since I moved to Australia I no longer feel the special christmas atmosphere.

 
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FINANCE & IT


 
Maha Taleb 
Finance, Accounts, Project Analysis & IT

Maha joined Chas Clarkson in 2008 and brings with years of experience in Finance and Accounts.

Maha  has childhood memories of going to see all the pretty lights and decorations nearby, and is now  able to do the same with her two young boys.  
She also enjoys baking, shopping and watching Christmas movies with her family.

Yaman Hamad
Finance & Accounts
 

Yaman was previously employed for over 10 years as a Financial Controller for a renowned Australian Chef and Restaurant Owner. 

Christmas for Yaman is a time for getting together with family and friends and enjoying good food. She loves the wonderful decorations that spice up
Christmas and her children exclaiming everywhere they go, “ ‘Oh wow Mum, look at that!” It really puts a smile on her face.