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Sues Tonks

General Manager

After working with one of New York’s largest Marketing and Comms Agencies, Sues launched her career in Australia working with some of the country’s leading Marketing and PR Agencies on big brand and consumer campaigns.​  In 2014, Sues founded Marketing, Public Relations and Digital Content Agency Oliver and York and maintains her role as Managing DIrector today. With Sues at the helm, Oliver and York has grown to service some of Australia's leading brands, including Carlton and United Breweries (delivering the launch of Carlton Zero, Pure Blonde Organic, VB 50 Years of Cheers campaign and Budweiser World Cup), BMW, Nissan, Great Ocean Road, The Good Guys, Repco and Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia to name a few.

Sues is co-owner of Smart Fella Media alongside Meshel Laurie and Matthew Hardy because of a passion to deliver compelling stories from both individuals and brands to local and global audiences.  

Sues is a current GDP with Monash University and has been a panelist for RMIT, educational bodies and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Rory Banwell

Rory Banwell is a cis-female, disabled, queer creative living on the Mid North Coast of New
South Wales. She is an internationally published writer and photographer, who also works in
film and theatre.
Rory reached international success with her “Still Not Asking For It” project which has
reached over 12 million people globally, drawing attention to the pervasiveness of sexual
violence and rape culture throughout our society.
Rory (Twitter @rorybanwell) has completed a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications (Journalism/Screen), as well as receiving a scholarship to attend the flagship cohort of students at the Sydney
School of Entrepreneurship in 2017. Rory has also received scholarships from the Sundance
Film Institute, Screenwave and was a finalist for the Documentary Australia Foundation’s
SheDoc program in 2019. 

Matthew Hardy

Co-Founder and Talent Lead

Matthew Hardy has brought some of Australia’s most successful podcasts to live audiences including Australian True Crime and Too Peas in a Podcast. His career as a writer, performer, and producer of live theatre, television and radio in Australia and Europe spans 30 years.


“There’s never been a better time to be a storyteller than right now. The audience is hungry for diverse content and the means to create it is literally in everyone’s pocket. In a world of endless options though, great content made well will always stand out.”

Meshel Laurie

Co-Founder and Director

Meshel Laurie is behind some of Australia's leading and highly rated Podcast productions. As well working in TV and radio, Meshel is a columnist and accomplished author. Meshel is known for putting her heart and soul into improving, every day. Smart Fella Media was a long time coming.


"People were always contacting me asking me how they can tell their own story. Now I am so happy that we have created a really good program that is really worthwhile for people. It empowers them to tell stories. With great audio."