Jo is the editor-in-chief of frankie press, overseeing all the stuff that goes into Smith Journal, frankie and all the other bits and bobs we produce. In her spare time she plays air guitar, watched Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, eats Lebanese food and collects ugly 1960s furniture. She’s also been known to play Led Zeppelin in the office.
Sophie is the nearest thing frankie has to Augustus Gloop – she would happily get sucked up a pipe and maimed by Oompa Loompas if it meant she got to swim in a river of chocolate and gulp down as much as she could eat. As frankie editor, her job mainly consists of coming up with ideas and vaguely bossing people around, as well as writing, sourcing content and proofing the mag. She likes early ’90s music, crosswords and perving on pooches.
Our ed assistant is an all-round writer, interviewer, researcher and helper-outer for the mag, as well as being in charge of blog posts, e-newsletters and social media shenanigans. Mia is a big fan of listening to metal, gazing out the window of V-line trains and hunting for discarded books in public places, but has no time for bullies or bad acoustics.
Aimee is frankie's token New Zealander, and our go-to for all kinds of choice Kiwi slang. She spends her time making and designing cute things for our frankie projects – and is a bit of a whiz with the camera, too. Likes: cats, beer, ukuleles. Dislikes: tangled cords, public transport jerks.
Emily makes all manner of things look pretty for frankie, and also flexes her design muscles for our gentleman's publication, Smith Journal. She likes dark chocolate, surprises, a big bunch of roses and chugging back some amber ale. A self-professed nanna type, her one and only dislike is staying up after 10pm.
If you see frankie anywhere outside of mag land – sponsoring gigs, running market stalls, throwing parties, giving people delicious treats – then Ken Done-loving Brendan is the one behind it. frankie's token male can often be found draped in Cosby-style jumpers, debriefing on the latest camp reality TV show and flexing his green thumbs with some indoor gardening. A word to the wise: never serve him anything that includes coriander.
Irina is across all areas of frankie press business, from marketing to circulation and loads in between. A bit like a magazine ninja. Or Transformer. From France. She has a lot on her plate, but always gobbles it up with a smile (and a cuddle). Also on the Irina menu: jigsaw puzzles, butter and dessert after every meal. Off the menu due to her not liking them: savoury croissants and temperatures above 28 degrees.
Top dog of advertising in the frankie tribe, Claire dreams of scoffing icecream in the sunshine, and can't start her day without a steaming cup of coffee. Despite the polished exterior, she's actually one big goofball: she currently holds the frankie title for the most broken bones, and gets a helluva lot of satisfaction from a carefully crafted pun. Things that get her down include peeling onions and heavy metal.
Heading up the frankie advertising troupe, Lane has a soft spot for walking up mountains then jumping straight off (with a paraglider strapped on tightly, of course). Our resident daredevil is also fond of gin, pugs and working her way through old American classics, but nothing makes her crankier than toilet paper that's been mounted on the wall the wrong way. Except maybe mosquitoes.
The youngest (but probably coolest) of the frankie family, Jes spends her days face-first in a pile of magazines, trundling around in a smart pair of loafers and looking after ad clients across Victoria. She believes in the power of daily vitamins and drinking plenty of water, and you'll never find her getting about in a pair of rubber thongs.
Hands down one of the sweetest of the frankie ladies, don't let Meredith's loveliness fool you: she has no qualms whipping out a zinger of a one-liner when you least expect it. Bringing the love to ad directory clients around Australia and overseas, she has a fondness for tacos and afogatos, but won't accept a cup of instant joe.
As GM, Gaye has her fingers in all sorts of frankie pies, and spends her days talking paper stock, print runs, budgets and other office-related stuff. Ways to describe her include: Chunky Move junkie, lover of fresh air and natural light, and aspiring collector of mid-century Australian furniture. Has an aversion to Styrofoam and plastic or paper food containers.