meet the family
Back when it all began in 2004, frankie magazine founders Louise Bannister and Lara Burke could think of nothing better than spending their time op-shopping and drinking cups of tea. They were uninspired with the publications offered on newsagency shelves – they wanted a magazine that spoke directly to the reader, contained great, affordable fashion, sweet art, interesting reads, real people and pretty photography. So, they got to work and made their dream a reality.
Though Lou and Lara have since said goodbye to their printed offspring, a whole load of lovely people have joined the frankie family and helped bring this little mag to the world. They’ve also kept busy making cookbooks like Afternoon Tea and Sweet Treats, the popular interiors publication SPACES, annual diaries and calendars, DIY book A Little Bit Crafty, an ever-growing stationery line, laugh-out-loud anthology Something to Say, and the inspiring coffee table book Look What We Made. There are charming podcasts, excellent events, and loads of top-notch tidbits on this here website, too. They all still dig a bit of vintage and a nice cuppa, though.
sophie kalagas / editor
Sophie is the nearest thing frankie has to Augustus Gloop – she would happily get 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, interviewing, sourcing content and proofing the mag. (Plus lots of other frankie-related bits.) She likes early ’90s music, native wattle and playing with her best pal Woody.
EMMA DO / ASSISTANT EDITOR AND ONLINE EDITOR
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. Emma is a big fan of Syd The Kid’s sultry tones, pooch-filled calendars and the refreshing scent of cucumber, but has no time for gusty wind or folks who talk over people.
anjana jain / senior designer
Anjana spends her time making and designing cute things for all our frankie projects – and is pretty handy with a camera and some illustration, too. She’s crazy for puppies, metallic shoes, and scaring her butt off with a horror film. A self-professed nanna type, she’s not so fond of staying up late or dogs that take on a cat-like demeanour.
CASEY SCHUURMAN / DESIGNER
Casey makes all manner of things look pretty for frankie, and also flexes her typography muscles whipping up some pretty impressive lettering. When she’s not scoffing pastries, our brush-pen queen enjoys getting down to ’90s tunes and basking in the presence of the colour yellow. She does her best to avoid large crowds, chewing noises and stingy servings of aioli, though.
JESS HOPE / MARKETING MANAGER
Covered in tattoos and cute as can be, our in-house Brit Jess is across all areas of frankie press business, from marketing to event-planning and loads in between. A bit like a magazine ninja, or Transformer. Also on the Jess menu: clashing prints, bright nail polish and pooches of all kinds. Off the menu due to her not liking them: bad fringe days, lipsticks running out, and paying extra for a gluten-free roll.
MOLLY CONDON / PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
When she’s not tending to her garden or frolicking about with her border collie Walter and French bulldog Leeroy, Molly spends her days face-first in a pile of magazines and looking after ad clients across the country. She’s rather fond of hot chips from the pub and kind-hearted strangers, but chipped nail polish and frosty mornings make her feel a bit glum.
CLAIRE MULLINS / PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Claire spends much of her time reliving her childhood with her own little’uns: gliding around on pearly blue roller skates, camping out under the stars and scoffing chocolate by the fistful. You’ll also catch her looking after ad clients from overseas and all around Australia. Where you won't find her is in a car (she much prefers her bike) or sitting back to read some poetry.
EMILY NAISMITH / BRANDED CONTENT DIRECTOR
Aside from her encyclopedic knowledge of local birds, Emily brings bucketloads of clever ideas to frankie press in her role as branded content director. Out of the office, she can often be found hoarding snacks and admiring senior greyhounds, usually while donning some super-cute threads. Don’t bother serving her red onion in a salad, and definitely don't munch on an apple when you're next to her – the sound drives her up the wall.
LIZZIE DYNON / PRODUCTION AND ADMIN COORDINATOR
Lizzie has her fingers in a whole bunch of pies (and she’s across all kinds of things in the office, too – badum-tish!). Like a magical elf who plays the drums really well, she helps out with production, marketing, advertising and design support, as well as general day-to-day admin. Ask her what she’s into and she’ll say hiking, savoury snacks and being outdoors – rain, her alarm clock and loose bike chains, on the other hand, make her rather mad.
gaye murray / general manager
As GM, Gaye wears a whole bunch of hats, and spends her days talking budgets, general office-y stuff, and plotting the future direction of the business. Ways to describe her include: Chunky Move junkie; lover of fresh air and natural light; and aspiring collector of Mid-century Australian furniture. She also has an aversion to styrofoam and plastic or paper food containers.