About us

    Meld Studios is an independent, employee-owned, purpose-driven, award-winning strategic design firm.

    We partner with organisations that are committed and ready to navigate the most complex and critical challenges facing organisations, industries, communities, and the planet today and into tomorrow.

    The key to doing this well?

    Designing better futures with the people in your organisation and the people your organisation serves. 

    When you partner with Meld, we set the conditions for tackling challenges that cannot be solved alone.

    Since 2009, we've had the good fortune to work with over 300 public and private organisations across 15 industries and have involved over 15,000 people from all walks of life in shaping their collective futures. 

    Our experiences show again and again that together, we can co-design:

    • policy that drives behaviour and change
    • strategy that captures future possibilities and drives collective decision-making.
    • services that orchestrate built environments, technology, and ways of working best to meet the needs of people and the planet
    • organisations with cultural and operational infrastructure that lead with purpose, support collaboration and set the conditions for working with impact
    • transitions that require change and transformation across horizons.

    We work in multidisciplinary teams and lead the co-design process. We are consistently recognised for high quality work that leads to positive change and demonstrable outcomes.

    “Every designer at Meld Studios displays commitment to attacking design problems as a team.

    Using human-centred design principles they collaborate with each client with the same level of passion and drive as the previous, proving that a problem shared is a problem halved.”   

    ~ Dr Brandon Gien, Good Design Australia

    We are also incredibly proud to be recognised as:

    • The first Australian business to be Employee Owned by Trust (EOT)
    • The Good Design Team of the Year (2022)
    • AFR Best Places to Work in the Professional Services industry across Australia and NZ (2024).

    Our employee ownership journey

    About Meld Studios

    Meld Studios was founded in 2009 with a mindset and commitment to bust through traditional approaches to business and people management.

    We have spent the last 15 years experimenting with alternative org structures, titles, management models, decision making, cultural rituals, and operational ways of working.

    In 2021 our founders—Janna DeVylder, Steve Baty, and Iain Barker— began exploring ways to ensure the longevity of Meld and its mission.

    After a year-long journey with Employee Ownership Australia, Meld Studios became the first Australian company to become Employee Owned by Trust (EOT). 

    Being an EOT means that:

    • over time, we transition shares from our three founders (owners) to the Meld EOT
    • all permanent employees are beneficiaries of this Trust
    • as a beneficiary, every Meldster has indirect ownership of Meld
    • every Meldster wears two hats: practitioner and business owner
    • every Meldster has a direct say in the direction of the company through established engagement structures
    • every Meldster benefits from equal profit distribution due to our collective efforts.

    This brings you value because we care deeply about the work we do and the outcomes we influence together. We think strategically, creatively, and pragmatically about achieving your outcomes because through you and your influence, we also achieve our mission.

    Read more about our EOT journey.

    Our people

    Janna DeVylder

    Janna DeVylder

    Co-founder, Principal & DIRECTOR
    Steve Baty

    Steve Baty

    Co-founder, Principal & DIRECTOR
    Iain Barker

    Iain Barker

    Co-founder, Principal & DIRECTOR
    Alison Sharp

    Alison Sharp

    MANAGING DIRECTOR
    Karina Smith

    Karina Smith

    Principal
    Jeremy Yuille

    Jeremy Yuille

    Principal
    Nova Franklin

    Nova Franklin

    Principal
    Paul Merrell

    Paul Merrell

    Principal
    Alexandra Almond
    Rebecca Hendry

    Rebecca Begbie

    Principal & DIRECTOR
    Nick Leigh

    Nick Leigh

    PRINCIPAL
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    Cybelle Ledez

    PRINCIPAL
    Morgan Williams

    Morgan Williams

    PRINCIPAL
    Alex King

    Alex King

    PRINCIPAL
    Zoe Green

    Zoe Green

    PRINCIPAL & DIRECTOR
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    Oliver Dykes

    PRINCIPAL
    Jane Tyrrell

    Jane Tyrrell

    LEAD Designer
    Anna Welford

    Anna Welford

    LEad Designer

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    Tanushri Saha

    SENIOR DESIGNER
    Hannah James

    Hannah James

    DESIGNER
    Rae Dyer

    Rae Dyer

    People and Culture lead