Meet the Barking Bird team.

Upholding our values of passion, honesty, teamwork, respect and fun, we’re here to help you succeed.

Our History

Our History

As Directors with comprehensive experience in the creative space, John Wheatley and Jules Tahan conceived the formation of an agency that would meet the continued requests of clients and contacts alike.

Over the 13 years that followed, they put together a team of seasoned professionals, each an expert in their own field, that added Strategic Marketing, Brand Identity Development, Graphic Design, Custom Web Design & Development, Digital Solutions3D Rendering, Social and Content Marketing to its suite of high-quality and integrated services.

Today, when a business identifies a need to do what it does better ... they connect with Barking Bird.

Meet Our Team

John Wheatley

John Wheatley

Director / Creative

As a creative, John has always found that:

'... the most satisfying work is the go-to-woah where you are involved from day one: creating a whole look and feel for a company - from packaging and advertising through to annual reports and collateral.'

John leads from the front and enjoys an ever growing list of longstanding client relationships based on performance and trust.

Jules Tahan

Jules Tahan

Partner

Working with a host of agencies and clients over the last ten years has set Jules up with the expertise and creative nous to shoot whatever crosses his desk: from Orica and Pacific Brands to Delfin Lendlease and Whirlpool. Jules' folio includes extensive shoots with high profile personalities and stunning architecture. His work has received critical acclaim on many occasions.

Jo Mills

Jo Mills

Operations Manager

The (kindest) heart of the studio, Jo’s dedication and tenacious spirit resonates throughout her interactions with the whole team, providing endless support and playing a momentous role in ensuring day-to-day business operations run smoothly. With a boundless knack for multi-tasking that guarantees projects come to life in their most extraordinary form, Jo embraces a background in studio production, scheduling and project management.

Tara Woodfull

Tara Woodfull

Senior Account Manager

With 15+ years in senior marketing and account management roles, Tara brings a breadth of strategic marketing nous across traditional and digital channels.  She is experienced in understanding business requirements and passionate about working collaboratively to achieve great results for your business. 

Mike Ranga

Mike Ranga

Lead Developer

A passion for visual and interactive arts led to Mike discovering web development, embracing the freedom of creative coding and the ability to complete complex tasks with simple solutions. Now a specialist in large-scale application development, Mike’s expertise is cornerstone to Barking Bird’s web team. A creative at heart, Mike is also a wood, bone and stone carver, crafting abstract and traditional Maori cultural art in his spare time.

Tony Ma

Tony Ma

Lead Designer

Tony is a super passionate, multi-disciplinary designer. With a vibrant range of experience in the industry, he has a background in marketing, which is invaluable in his incorporation of design into campaigns. Tony has successfully led the design for Barking Bird’s largest projects. With a dedication to fostering a productive, collaborative team environment, he is equally driven to create exceptional results autonomously. Tony loves food, and can often be found scoping out the hidden culinary gems of Melbourne with his friends.

Alex Dukcevic

Alex Dukcevic

Senior Designer / Business Development

With 16 years in the industry, Alex spent six of those running his own agency as Company & Creative Director specialising in designing, building and managing brands. He brings substantial experience to the team on how to provide a business with creative tools to take their product or service to market in the most effective and memorable way. He integrates high level design with strategy to help position a business as a market leader. 

Leigh Gwilliam

Leigh Gwilliam

Designer

With a background in studio operations, graphic design and production, Leigh is an effervescent and experienced designer with a passion for delivering creative solutions with a difference. Travel has a resilient place in her heart, with her career spanning far and wide across the globe. This has armed her with boundless inspiration for her art, as well as valuable industry experience working across real estate, telecommunications, government, retail and hospitality.

Dylan Mcleod

Dylan Mcleod

Digital Designer

After starting out as a Graphic Designer, Dylan quickly realised his passion lay in Digital Design and all things web related. After a stint travelling around the world, he made the move from the Gold Coast to Melbourne to further his career. His knowledge of HTML & CSS makes him a developers best friend, ensuring his designs can easily be translated into code and be accessible across all devices.  When he's not designing, he likes to drive down the coast chasing waves or head up into the Snowy mountains in search of fresh powder. 

Jonathan Grasso

Jonathan Grasso

Senior Developer

Beginning his working life as a graphic designer for print and web, Jonathan quickly moved over to form a mastery of front-end development, integrating his creative mind with a systematic and analytical approach. A specialist in responsive web design, Jonathan brings a refined attention to detail to our web team. A valuable member of the Barking Bird, he can often be heard singing karaoke outside of work (or at times, inside work), or flashing his persuasive smile.

Rosanna Malowney

Rosanna Malowney

Production Assistant

Rosanna’s packaging design and production project management background—combined with her talent for being super organised—means that our team’s production runs smoothly, keeping smiles on everybody’s faces! A UK native and keen photographer, Rosanna loves to travel and spend time in nature, particularly near her favourite place: the ocean. She also enjoys listening to new live homegrown music, which luckily, is a luxury that Melbourne also grants her.

Ben Quinney

Ben Quinney

Senior Developer

Ben is a passionate problem solver with 10+ years experience developing commercial websites and web applications.  With a background in customer service, desktop support and publishing he was introduced to web development at university and immediately became fascinated with the ability to solve complex problems with elegant code. A lover of both food and CrossFit, Ben spends his spare time cooking, eating and trying to pick up heavy things and put them back down.

Mike Li

Mike Li

Front-end Developer

Mike started his career as a front-end developer after he realised his passion for creative coding and cutting-edge technology. With extensive experience in developing both interactive single page applications and solid large-scale websites, he became a skilled all-rounder and his can-do attitude guarantees the delivery of pixel-perfect products.

During his spare time, you will find him shooting street photography or playing musical instruments.

Our Creative Partners

Barking Bird is part of UA Corp - a full service agency combining expert photography, design, web and digital skills to service Australia's best brands. UA Corp combines the specialist talents of four sister companies to create a streamline solution for any project.

Mazer Visual www.mazervisual.com

UA Corp's in-house 3D visualisation and rendering experts. The highly experienced team have one focus - to bring architectural visions to life.

UA Creative www.uacreative.com

The creative photography & production arm of UA Corp, producing the highest quality imagery for a diverse range of advertising and marketing needs.

Urban Angles www.urbanangles.com

Our specialist real estate and property image service - ensuring every home is captured and presented in its best possible light.

Get In Touch

We’re always interested in having a chat about a new project or our capabilities – feel free to drop us a line to say hello.

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Talk to us 1300 660 177

Visit Us 10 Grattan Street, Prahran Victoria 3181