Principal Marketing Consultant
With 15 years experience in sales, marketing and management in Australia and the UK, Karina Ward is a results driven professional who co-founded freelance marketing and IT company, Hum Consulting, in 2008. Karina has worked across B2B and consumer sectors and believes that the principals of bold marketing, sales tenacity and genuine employee engagement are at the heart of most successful brands. She specialises in brand development, PR & marketing communications, and copy writing for brochures, websites, email marketing and research studies.
Her early career was spent in the training, professional development and recruitment sectors, before her lifelong passion for all things gastronomique led her to the food and wine industry. As Director of Hum Consulting she now draws on that diverse experience, as she continues to serve clients in the corporate world, the world of food and wine, and beyond. Previous roles include Head of Marketing Communications, Thomson Learning International, National Marketing Manager, LINK Recruitment and Head of Sales & Marketing, Peter R. Brown Family Vineyards.
Away from the office, Karina can usually be found people watching in one of Melbourne’s innumerably fabulous restaurants or cafes, perusing the gourmet delights at Prahran market, catching a live band, or indulging in long, lazy lunches with family and friends.
Principal IT Consultant
Paul Murphy embodies the skills and knowledge gained from over 20 years delivering network, infrastructure, website and security solutions to business of all shapes and sizes - in all stages of their evolution. Having cut his teeth on best practice solutions in large corporate clients in the UK, US and Australia, Paul is now passionate about delivering the same results for every client he works with, designing and implementing practical IT solutions for organisations, large or small.
Specialising in website services, network security and auditing, infrastructure design and implementation, Paul can also help smaller business deploy back office applications like email, database and file servers, including remote access solutions to keep business flowing quickly and efficiently while away from the office. Paul understands that his clients expect technology to be reliable, secure and effective and is always on the lookout for ways to improve their technical processes, solutions and outcomes.
Prior to co-founding Hum Consulting, Paul was National IT Manager at NETg, followed by senior contracting roles with Lloyds TSB, The London Stock Exchange, Melbourne Water, ANZ, Orica, Village Cinemas, Smorgen Steel and Retrovision. Technology is also a serious pursuit beyond the office, manifesting in an unwavering commitment to the latest gadgets, gaming and entertainment media. Paul is also training to become an aviation pilot, proving that no expensive toy is ever too big to master.