Two members of PHD Australia, Kathryn Weatherlake and Schalk van der Sandt have been included in the recent Top 30 Emerging Leaders list by AdNews. The list is comprised of industry talent noted for their ‘sheer courageousness, ambition, initiative and success’.
Weatherlake, Group Business Director at PHD Melbourne, has over a decade’s worth of experience within media agencies and has spent the last six years with PHD. She was promoted to Group Business Director last year.
“Weatherlake has re-invented her team by creating a culture where people felt their work was important, managing underperformance and providing development opportunities,” AdNews said of her place on the Emerging Leaders list.
“Since then,” they continued, “the team is now the ‘envy’ of the agency, with lifts in employee engagement, AUS$20 million in new business, contract extensions for all major clients, and client satisfaction of 75-plus per cent. [Weatherlake] has also displayed leadership by successfully introducing cultural initiatives like a popular recognition program celebrating work anniversaries.”
Van der Sandt began his career at PHD in 2012 as Digital Director, and was promoted to Head of Digital Media at the Melbourne office in 2015. The last three years he has focused on driving further digital innovation for PHD.
“Demonstrating leadership, Van Der Sandt quickly became a trusted figure for clients and the team,” wrote AdNews. “He has a passion for developing others and spends a lot of time understanding the challenges that they face, working collaboratively to solve them.
“Van der Sandt has been integral in PHD’s digital billings, growing approximately 200 per cent over the past five years. He has consistently shown himself to be a leader worth following, with an excellent understanding of his discipline.”
Weatherlake and van der Sandt sit on the Emerging Leaders list alongside other industry talent from Pacific Magazines InStyle, Spotify, Havas, Match & Wood and more.