Meet the Team

We’re a dedicated team of passionate people championing the work of wonderful creatives. We inject goodness into Australia’s creative economy on the daily and it’s through our national events that we work to elevate small businesses around the country.

Day to day we’re busy making meaningful and dynamic marketplaces. Places where you can shop, explore, discover and connect with our community.

Headed up by Founders and Owners Brooke Johnston and Sarah Thornton from our HQ in Byron Bay, our team is a constellation of allstars set up in different corners of the country.

Sarah Thornton

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

"My personal mission is to empower others to do great things. I'm happiest when I have space to create, being in big wide open spaces with a sea breeze and great company".

Sarah heads up the Finders Keepers team alongside her business partner and co-founder BFF Brooke. From her time in the trenches of building a small business, she now understands how to build (and scale) a brand all the way from the nitty gritty to high level creative direction. From her background as a designer selling behind a market stall, to wearing many different business hats, she brings a wealth of gathered knowledge to her role as Managing Director.

Sarah oversees and drives key areas alongside her killer team and believes everyone should be their own leader. She also believes that good design is KEY to a strong brand, and strong organisation is an integral part of running the (best) show. Sarah is constantly thinking outside the square and vision planning. Her passion for authentic design, community connection and strategy has her developing new and innovative projects in her sleep.

Brooke Johnston

DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

"I love creating in all forms. My personal mission is to create spaces and experiences with beauty and purpose. I'm not sure what's better, witnessing projects coming to life or inspiring others along the way".

Together with her business partner Sarah, Brooke is the other half of their super synergistic working partnership. Brooke's background in jewellery design and running her own brand, was the catalyst and original inspiration behind the Finders Keepers inception many moons ago. Over the years, Brooke has accumulated a vast design and manufacturing knowledge and it's her eagle detail eye that you can thank for our continued high quality calibre of events.

If you've ever been to a market with us you'll have witnessed the magic of Brooke's creative mastery, transform our venues into vessels of joy and wonder! She's oh-so-passionate about great design and craftsmanship, which has seen Finders Keepers grow into the quality curated events that we know and love today. Her personal passion is embedded in everything she touches, creating engaging environments that inspire and uplift us all.

Annalyse McLeod

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

"I'm passionate about pushing organisations for purpose and making sure mindfulness is on the business menu too. I love nothing more than designing how to bring these two things together for good".

Annalyse is a word wizard. She hails from a rich background in strategy and marketing from some of Australia's biggest arts organisations. She brings an incredible passion and appreciation for the transformational power of creativity; and we're all for that!

Annalyse is the Queen of our communications castle. Amongst driving Finders Keepers media and efforts advertising campaigns, she's our go to when it comes to crafting strategic community messaging and highlighting the very best that our events bring to communities.

Lindsay Pepper

NATIONAL EVENTS MANAGER

"I'm on this earth not only to survive but to thrive! It's my mission to live a full life with passion, compassion, humor and a side dish of style."

Lindsay is one helluva powerhouse that comes to us from a career in managing mammoth events with one of Australia's largest hotel groups. She also grew up within her family's design business. Her skills to support streamlining and success are nothing short of super! Her personality is as big as her heart, and you'll love her as much as we all do the minute you meet her.

Lindsay's the one that makes sure every road trip runs seamlessly with an execution average that sits at the highest end of the calibre scale. From crafting mammoth floor-plans to writing run-sheets, Lindsay steers a tight ship. Best yet, she always does it with enthusiasm and infectious energy that keeps everyone upbeat.

Monique Plunkett

CREATIVE CONTENT SPECIALIST

"I'm always on the hunt for the very best of new design. One of my personal missions is to help connect artists and designers with the community in interesting and engaging ways. The more time I get to spend in the outdoors the better; it's where I often stumble upon new and unexpected things".

Monique is an avid hunter and collector. She's always on the lookout for the new, interesting and authentic. Her background as a maker and small business owner, is an integral part of her understanding what it takes to run a creative practice. With a huge seven years working with Finders Keepers she has a strong community voice and is a great advocate for what we do.

Monique has a key role in driving creative decisions. She sits on our curatorial team, develops our blog and social media content, as well as supports designers to shine in their best light. She also has the mammoth task of bringing our events to life as the leader in our decor team. She's an all-round creative superstar and does it effortlessly with her wonderfully warm spirit.

Kathy Taylor

COMMUNITY SUPPORT SPECIALIST

"I believe anything is possible. Dream BIG!"

Kathy brings a salty sense of fun to Finders Keepers as well as a strong 15 years' experience in product development, customer service and sales for epic surf and lifestyle brands. Previously a designer and small business owner herself, her passion is in ethical and sustainable beautiful design.

Kathy is our people powerhouse! She's the first port-of-call for our huge community. She looks after everyone in our stallholder community for the lifecycle of their journey with us. From keeping them well informed, to handling all their booking details and then giving them tips for success on the day! She is a key part to ensuring our community is well looked after at our events too!

Kitty Sutherland

MARKETING MANAGER

"I believe in women! I feel right at home at Finders Keepers surrounded by ultimate girl power achieving greatness. I also feel right at home with a cheese board in my lap".

Kitty joins Finders Keepers after posts in some of the coolest gigs across town from digital marketing at streetwear labels to fellow iconic cultural organisations. Kitty is excited by collaboration and innovative design - especially when it's powered by women; we think she's in the right place!

Kitty drives our Marketing from running tight schedules of social media marketing and newsletters to driving new content and highlights on our blog. She's always ensuring we're spreading the word far and wide about the who's who in our line ups. She is a passionate powerhouse who gets as giddy about metrics and new tech, as she does about the very best in innovative new design.

Ashleigh Stallard

PARTNERSHIPS EXECUTIVE

"I believe in the power of voting with our wallets. I like to think that I live up to my sustainability values and along the way inspire those around me to do so too!"

Ashleigh comes from a background in journalism and PR and is passionate in supporting makers and do-ers be more sustainable in their businesses. She's a vocal advocate for Australian makers, running her own side hustle spruiking all about slow made, sustainable fashion and conscious consumption.

As part of the communications team, Ashleigh works with the amazing brands that support The Finders Keepers, and is always looking for ways to add value to our events and community. Ash heads up our Partnerships and Supporters Program which focuses on building relationships with like-minded businesses who are just as passionate as we are when it comes to Australian design (and she is)! She also happens to be our wonderful waste warrior, full of tips to support reducing our environmental impact.

Roxanna Chan

EVENT ADMIN & OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

"Outside of work I'm happiest when I'm living true and creating connections that help spark the inner you."

Roxanna has worked the gamut from product development in the surf industry to graphic design for publishing sectors as well as event management. Not only this, but a qualified designer and silversmith too - we think she'll slot in here at Finders Keepers very very well.

Roxanna is heading up the very important role of managing our foodies! We're certain alongside her quick wit, we'll have a taste test box on the application form soon! She also joins Lindsay and Kathy to make one mega-strong team that combines our wonderful world of events and customer support. Together, they're here to ensure that the operations and administration of Finders Keepers is running optimally at all times. With Roxanna growing this ever-important team, we can't wait to see how this new addition will drive change and growth for us to become even bigger and stronger!

Ezra Murray

PRODUCTION MANAGER

"I'm happiest when I know I'm making a worthy contribution to achieving a goal, particularly in a team environment like Finders Keepers. Alas, I also blame them for my foodie addiction and penchant for craft beer".

From our inception Ezra was on the side lines supporting his wife Brooke, create and grow Finders Keepers from a small side hustle, to what it is today. From day dot, he was supporting set-ups, builds and working with us for entire events. In recent days, Ezra has been pivotal in making Finders Keepers look damn good; consulting on major event signage and decor. With a background in sign making, construction and logistics he brings a wealth of knowledge and tools where we need it.

We couldn't be happier that he's officially joined the team. It was a no-brainer. Now, instead of squeezing in decor builds on weekends, he's here to support the team and our next phase of growth every day of the week. He's here to manage all of our logistics, ensuring our events are executed and run like a well-oiled machine.

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