Meet The Team

Our partners

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Laura

Harkins-Small

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Principal & Founder

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Hillary

Smith 

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Senior Consultant

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Velvet

Garvey

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Copywriting & Editing Partner 

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Kylie

Stewart

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Design Partner 

 

Laura Harkins-Small brings a decade’s experience working with communities and businesses across the resources, infrastructure, utilities, financial and not-for-profit sectors.  While she has experience delivering and managing all aspects of the process – from research to implementation – her true passion lies in developing game-changing strategy.  

After spending five years based at Port Waratah Coal Services developing the community and social performance function from the ground up, she went to work in the UK as the national Community Investment Manager for the Prince’s responsible business network – Business in the Community. During this time, she was privileged to be at the forefront of a rethink of the Community Investment platform as well as the response to Brexit.

She is deeply passionate about the development of regions as the heart of sustainable societies.

Laura Harkins-Small

Principal

Laura Harkins-Small

Principal

For over a decade Laura has worked with communities and businesses across the resources, infrastructure, utilities, finance and not-for-profit sectors. Her background  in community relations and social impact assessment for organisations such as Rio Tinto and Glencore (Xstrata) has given her a strong technical foundation delivering and managing all aspects of the process – from research to implementation. These roles also gave her first hand insights into some of the challenges and opportunities around how communities and businesses interact.

She further developed her passion and skill for game-changing strategy leading the development of the community and external relations function at global leader Port Waratah Coal Services. In late 2017 she returned to Australia from the UK where she worked at the national Community Investment Manager for the Prince's Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community. 

In this role she was charged with reviewing the community investment service offering, including international benchmark tool CommunityMark. She was also involved in initial policy responses to Brexit which has since evolved into the Pride of Place campaign and provided strategic advice and support to leading national and international businesses.

Laura founded Many Small Things in 2018.

Hillary Smith

Senior Consultant

Hillary is a professional strategic marketing, communication and community engagement professional and strategist with over 25 years experience across local, state and federal governments and private enterprise on both client and consulting sides.

 

Hillary has delivered numerous strategic and coordinated marketing and communication strategies, activities and campaigns via traditional and online formats within government and private organisations.

 

Hillary possesses a wealth of transferable business skills and expertise. She is highly competent and holds a strong work ethic with an honest and caring nature.

 

Hillary’s extensive experience is underpinned with solid academic competencies including a MBA and Bachelor of Business, Management both from the University of Queensland.

 
 

Velvet Garvey

Copywriting & Editing Partner

Freelancer  

Velvet brings over a decade's international experience in professional copywriting and editing, with particular expertise making highly technical content more accessible to broader audiences. She began her career editing research and medical journals but over the years has expanded her experience into other forms of editing and content creation,  in particular social media management, working across a range of sectors and industries. 

She has managed social media accounts for key national and international organisations including: Beneteau Yachts; The Australian Society of Anaesthetists; Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital; a market leader in diabetes care; Australasia’s leader in dental products and services;  an international sustainability and engineering peak body, and an international graphic design agency. She also supports many local small and medium businesses make their social media content more impactful. 

Based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Velvet offers freelancing editing and copywriting services. You can follow her blog series on social media on instagram and linkedin.

 

Kylie Stewart 

Design Partner 

Owner & Creative Director

Say-So Creative

Over Kylie's 12 year career she has worked with a variety of clients (from small businesses to large corporate clients) across a spectrum of industries. Areas specific to Print & Digital Design, Branding, Employee Branding, Advertising, Recruitment Advertising, Social Media/ Marketing & Event Design.

Kylie believes that design can pivot any business in the right direction. A business's brand is the essential core to the success & longevity of any business and that design can be a crucial vehicle in connecting & communicating your brand's messages to a broad audience.

 

In 2016, Kylie decided to start her own design studio after moving to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney and seeing a need for a service that provided quality, meaningful design and personalised client service.

Past Clients: CommBank, TAFE West Sydney, Konica Minolta, ASTRA, Jones Lang LaSalle, EY, SA Health Dental, Credit Union, Ausgrid, QBE, Orica, Opals Down Under, Sunshine Coast Lightning, APN Outdoor, Outrigger Fiji. 

Click here to view Kylie's portfolio. 

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