Our People

We have a team of extraordinary people, united by our fascination for understanding human behaviour and building successful businesses and brands.

Marquis Pohla
Founder and Managing Director
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I draw a lot of my inspiration from legendary basketballer Michael Jordan. Like Mike, I am committed to continuously learning to stay at the top of my game. It is what has helped me identify growth opportunities for my many clients, and to grow Metrix from a home based consultancy to a Fast 100 business.

I am a big believer in giving back. I take great pleasure in giving young people opportunities and to help them develop their skills from the ground up. I also enjoy sharing my expertise in strategic marketing with the business community, most recently with WPO.
Julie Beeck
Executive Director
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With a career spanning 25 years, I still get a buzz from delivering insightful outputs and maintaining close working relationships with clients. I aim to bring a strategic and commercial approach to every project with a clear focus on the outcomes that support decision-making.

These days, my passion for understanding people and business is not only exercised through my work, but also by travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures, often by boat, bicycle or on foot!
Paul Murray
Senior Business Director
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Whether working client-side or as a consultant, I’ve always enjoyed helping organisations and the people within them succeed. Over the past fifteen years I’ve worked across areas such as corporate strategy, marketing strategy and customer experience, with local, national and international organisations. Throughout this time I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of clients on a repeat basis, something I love doing as it gives me the chance to see the outcomes of what I do and to make a more lasting impact.
My free time revolves around family and sport, particularly watching my kids play sport. This even inspired me to get off the armchair and make a rugby come back... but I learned my lesson very quickly!
Linda Tagni
Senior Business Director
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After a short stint in finance I landed a role as a research analyst in market research. Almost twenty years later I still work in the industry and still love what I do! I have been fortunate to meet and work with so many inspiring people and a fantastic list of clients. The industry has changed a lot in this time and the business challenges clients face have become much more complex. It definitely keeps work interesting!

Away from work I love nothing better than spending time with family and friends, particularly when there's travelling, camping or cycling involved.
Mark Pinney
National Client Director
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I’ve over twenty years’ experience in marketing and communications strategy, introducing fresh thinking to organisations in search of growth, problem solving or opportunity spotting. During my career I have enjoyed working with some of the largest global brands as well as new, local entities looking to make their mark. It is this diversity of challenge and variety of people I have met on the way that I love about the industry.

Out of the office you’ll find me spending time in nature, either with my family or puffing hard during a trail run.
Meredith Simpson
Senior Business Director
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My career spans strategic planning, brand strategy, strategic foresight and insights. As an accredited Qualified Professional Researcher and a self confessed lover of problem solving, I have a passion for uncovering powerful insights and translating those insights into strategies that drive business results. There's nothing I enjoy more than getting my hands on a meaty problem and finding collaborative and creative ways to solve it. The best part of my job is seeing small changes in brand, marketing or business strategy making a measurable difference for an organisation.

In my spare time, I like to continue to problem solve over the latest craft beer release. I am particularly fond of the small brewers in Victoria and Western Australia and my favourite type of beer is porter - especially when it's a chocolate porter!
Claire Dewhurst
Business Director
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I started my career in market research, then took a journey throughout the worlds of creative advertising, strategic media planning and content creation. Now I've come back full circle to join the Metrix team, bringing with me a strong passion for getting to the bottom of a juicy problem whilst having some fun along the way. I've always had a curious mind and feel at home asking the hard-hitting questions to generate true insights.
When I'm not chipping away at clients' problems, you'll find me enjoying a nice glass of wine down south and watching my two young girls see the world through their inquisitive eyes. 
Sam Elmslie
Associate Director
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As a researcher, I spend my days uncovering how people think, feel and behave to help my clients make better decisions across a range of different industries and challenges. A true joy for a curious (and a little nosy) mind like mine! But my favourite part about what I do at Metrix is sharing what I find. With a creative background I am passionate about data visualisation and believe in the power of a well-crafted and insightful report to drive change.
I love creating things in my downtime as well, and enjoy spending time sewing up a storm, or stretching out on my yoga mat.
Kayla Surace
Associate Director
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I believe that proper planning, a well thought out methodology and boatloads of energy are vital to great outcomes for clients. If research sits on a shelf gathering dust, then it is all meaningless. I ensure insights are easily understood and implemented. For me, it's not just about crunching numbers. I have a great talent for talking to people, which means I'm not only good at getting insights to clients, but also building successful working relationships.

When I'm not at Metrix, I am holidaying in Thailand or the Greek Islands or watching all the Harry Potter movies back to back.
Imogen Roberts
Senior Account Manager
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I joined Metrix after completing a Masters in Marketing at UWA. I am always given opportunities to develop new skills and further my learning which keeps me engaged and excited at work every day. I have grown with Metrix and gained vital skills through exposure to a wide range of clients and methodologies. I deliver insightful research results and helpful recommendations. I won the Best Presenter award at the 2015 AMSRS WA conference.

When away from work, I like to swap my researching and presenting hats for a good book, some chocolate and a glass of red.
Elise Verdonck
Senior Account Manager
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In the early stages of my career I discovered that only evidence-based strategies would hold ground and create value for a business and its customers. Ever since, I help drive businesses forward by consulting on the sweet spot between insights, strategy and innovation. I love untangling complex business structures, as I believe streamlined processes, engaged people and clever technology are prerequisites for a compelling customer experience.

As a European, Australia offers me the ultimate balance between work and my passion for the outdoors. When not in the office, you'll probably find me riding a wave or running a bush or beach trail.

Triya Mardijono
Online Research Manager
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I began my career in an Indonesian distribution company, responsible for optimising product distribution, and sales and marketing strategies. I later discovered my passion for data collection and analysis and over the past ten years I have developed an impressive knowledge base in data preparation, integration techniques and analytics. Over the years, I have really enjoyed the challenges associated with working across all research fieldwork methodologies, both from a technical and project management point of view. I get satisfaction from using data to contribute to a client's success.

When away from work, I like to spend my time with family and friends, cycling or playing ping pong.
Dan Jackson
Data Analytics Manager
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As a self-confessed stats nerd, I started off in the market research world as a Statistical Analyst more than ten years ago. I've spent half of my career with Synovate, and the other client-side at Crown Perth, as a Gaming Customer Analyst within the marketing team.

I jumped at the chance to work supply side once again and joined Metrix as Data Analytics Manager at the start of 2017. I really enjoy using data to tell stories and solve business problems for our clients.

I'm a massive Test cricket fan, and I enjoy fantasy sports like AFL Dream Team and Fantasy Premier League.
Jessica Parke
Account Manager
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Growing up in regional WA, my curiosity for people and the world got the better of me and I found myself moving to the city to study a Bachelor of Commerce: International Business and Arts: Chinese at Curtin University. After recently graduating I’ve been lucky enough to hit the ground running at Metrix, where I’ve been able to combine my fascination of people and business within a fantastic team environment.

When I’m not at Metrix you can find me visiting family and friends or enjoying a glass of red whilst pursuing my love of travel. 
Niamh Mercieca
Business Analyst
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I graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Marketing) and started my professional journey with Metrix. Throughout my degree my favourite experience was the Marketing Research unit. It combined my appreciation for data analysis, consulting and marketing practices into one, which is what I decided I wanted to pursue with my life. At Metrix no two days are the same and I'm able to constantly learn new skills and abilities to assist in projects. 

I'm always baking treats and cooking in my spare time or finding new dessert shops to try out. 

Bonnie Morley
Business Analyst
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Studying a Degree in Anthropology and Sociology and Business Management is where my passion for asking the ‘why’ questions began. I found I could not stop focusing my time on literature around environmental anthropology, how humans interact with their surrounding environment. This then took me down the path of further studies in business, where I then began at Metrix combining my love of business, research, and anthropology.

When I am not at Metrix I will be at the beach, hiking, camping, and exploring new places in the great outdoors.

Oliver Hayes
Business Analyst
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I have always had a fascination for business which is what led me to study commerce at Curtin University. On completion of my degree, I was presented the opportunity to undertake an Honours course, where I could combine my foundation of business knowledge with my passion for human behaviour. My thesis investigated the influence of CEO personality on Corporate Social Responsibility. The honours course allowed me to not only study two areas I am greatly interested in, but also discover my passion for research.

In my spare time I love to play piano, keep active and travel.
Ben Shchigel
Business Analyst
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I have always had a strong interest in consumer behaviour and the psychology behind marketing communications. After interning in the content marketing and brand management sectors, I was able to solidify my passion for using insights to make decisions.
In my spare time I love to play guitar, practice martial arts and cook.
Emily Sands
Office Assistant
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I have always had an interest in marketing and I studied International Fashion Marketing. After graduating with a first class degree I worked for a clothing company in Manchester as a Merchandise Admin Assistant. My itchy feet brought me to Thailand and Australia, and after exploring the east coast I settled in Perth and haven't looked back since!

I've had a number of administrative roles in a wide range of industries. Metrix provides the variety I crave while being in a support role in a passionate and friendly environment.

When not at Metrix, you can find me at the beach or catching up with friends over breakfast.
Cathy Chao
Office Assistant
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Graduating from Curtin University in Marketing and Arts, I went on to spend four years in the promotional product branding industry. Now my journey has led me to Metrix; I have always been curious about the world around me, and helping others is a deep motivator. I feel lucky to be apart of vibrant and creative team. I look forward to growing my knowledge and helping the team to achieve their goals.

I enjoy spending my free time with loved ones and the peace of the outdoors.
Nicola Walker
Design Consultant
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Originally from New Zealand, I immigrated to Perth six years ago. I have a passion for storytelling through design, which is something I enjoy applying to the stories we tell through insights at Metrix. I have over 15 years’ experience working across advertising and design, including working with WA brands such as RAC, LWP Property Group and Homebuyers Centre, as well as national and international brands such as McDonald’s, SKY Television and Cadbury.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with family, exploring new places and my love of photography and interior design. 
Will Axten
Ethnographic Film maker
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As a science undergraduate I studied Anthropology and Psychology and enjoyed learning about human behaviour. I was also a ‘creative type’ and began my working life as a filmmaker and video producer, running a small communications agency. My passion for science and telling human stories drew me towards ethnographic research and video based reporting for several large agencies. One of my research clients eventually bought my business and I was hooked into the world of ethnography full time. For the last 20 years I have been producing consumer documentaries and digital deliverables for a wide variety of audiences.

I am also a practicing artist, producing multimedia artworks and musical pieces for exhibitions and events around Perth.

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