Jodi Geddes

co-founder
ABOUT JODI

Jodi’s career began in 1999, where she worked in PR and Sponsorship for global brands including Visa International, Foster’s Group and NAB. During this time she ran the global Rugby World Cup Visa sponsorship and also managed major partnerships with AFL, NRL and Tennis Australia. After 11 years at NAB in various roles and the birth of 2 (gorgeous but cheeky) daughters, Jodi realised her passion was in supporting and empowering parents and companies to look at parental leave differently.

In 2017, she launched Circle In with Kate Pollard. As Co-founder, Jodi is responsible for the business offering and is passionate about working with leading companies to better support their working parents. Jodi hopes that Circle In will improve the lives of working parents, because she knows first hand that having a career and being a parent are not mutually exclusive.

When not working on the business, Jodi loves spending time at home relaxing, enjoying a glass of bubbles and catching up with friends over a long lunch. She prefers coffee over tea, cheese over dessert and pilates over swimming.

Kate pollard

co-founder
ABOUT KATE

Kate’s career began in 2000 (a year later than Jodi due to her honours degree!) where she joined Accenture on their graduate program. As a marketing expert, Kate’s career has spanned across global brands including CBA, NAB and realestate.com.au. She has led large marketing teams and has a passion for connecting with consumers.

Kate is driven by a strong purpose and proud that every day she contributes to making a real difference to the lives of working parents. She is particularly passionate about giving dads the same opportunity and working with companies to create the right environment to support all parents. Kate leads our consumer offering and future strategy projects (big words for exciting things to come!).

Kate’s everyday heroes are working mothers. Outside of work, she is surrounded by boys - her husband, 2 gorgeous kids and a miniature schnauzer. Kate is fluent in French, loves red wine and is addicted to chocolate (no seriously addicted). While she doesn’t drink coffee, she has serious fire in her belly, prefers pants over skirts and has a dream of living in the south of France one day.

Michelle Farley

Design Manager
ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle is responsible for creative development here at Circle In. She is literally obsessed when it comes to all things colour, design, and style.

Michelle is a big believer in progressive work practices, innovative collaboration and being part of a team that doesn’t always need to reside together to create amazing work (and amazing workplace culture!); and just cannot believe she gets to contribute to the incredible outcomes Circle In achieves for working parents (#dreamwork - her words!)

She’s known for her true love of coffee, summertime, and killer outfits. She’s also mum to the most gorgeous little human (who may or may not love sleep, hence provoking said love of coffee above!)

MEET OUR INCREDIBLE TEAM

Nancy Manders

Communications & Partnership Manager
ABOUT NANCY

We think Nancy has the best job. Who wouldn’t love spending every day helping our incredible business partners run their customised stay-in-touch program. In her spare hours, Nancy manages our blog and real story content. Fair to say that Nancy’s role is having a huge impact on all working parents.

Nance is mum to two primary school-aged boys and wife to a gorgeous guy. She’s passionate about flexible working practices and senior job-share/part-time roles in workplaces with supportive, trusting and fun cultures… in an effort to reduce the struggle of the work-life juggle. Becoming a mum doesn’t affect one’s career seniority or experience. Companies can catch some incredible ‘mum’ talent, if job-sharing, part-time or flexible working practices were part of their offering.

Nance couples her analytical wit with creative skills that would leave Picasso in a slump! She’s known for her beautiful photography, artwork, digital designs and creative talent. Check out a small portfolio on insta @nancylouise.creative

Jackie Cryan

Bookkeeper and resident grandma
ABOUT JACKIE

Jackie is our bookkeeper and ensures our growing team is paid on time! We also like to call her our resident ‘grandma’ and you will often find her telling us all that we work far too hard. We loved welcoming Jackie into our team and building her confidence again after over 10 years out of the workforce.

Jackie is mum to our co-founder, Jodi and adores her grandchildren. She plays an active role in supporting the kids so that Jodi can continue to juggle her career and family.

When Jackie is not at Circle In HQ, she can be found in her sewing room making children’s clothes and gifts. She is a golfer, lover of wine and food and adores her family. In fact, the Circle In community all adore Jackie.

Vanessa Geerling

Content editor
ABOUT VANESSA

Our Content Editor, Vanessa, is living the working parent dream: 100% remote and flexible working, while simultaneously juggling three littles, the youngest still in nappies. A far cry from her former career in corporate communications, marketing and events management, but just as hectic and more rewarding.

A creative copywriter and editor with a passion for digital and print publishing, Vanessa loves adding finesse to the stories we bring you. She is forever amazed by the power of these shared stories in improving relations, building community and driving audience engagement.

Vanessa is in her element working in a role designed to connect and support working parents. She gets it—the crazy juggle, the want for a fairer world, the struggle for me time, that gap in your resume—because she’s living it.

When she does manage to steal five minutes to herself, you’ll find her hunting down a top-notch flat white, jumping on the meditation bandwagon or daydreaming about her next European adventure.

Erica Louise

Social Media Coordinator
ABOUT ERICA

Erica manages the social media content for Circle In. She lives and breathes digital, using her copywriting skills to create meaningful connections with Circle In’s online community.

Circle In’s positive work ethics promoting flexible working conditions, equality in the workforce and legitimate advice for working parents is a privilege for Erica to work with.

Erica stepped into her role at Circle In just at the right time; just as her youngest child was about to begin his own little journey into primary school. She fully understands the juggle involved in working with two young children, and enjoys seeing the connections Circle In makes with other like-minded parents.

When she is not crafting content for socials, Erica can be found frequenting Melbourne’s many art galleries, theatres and entertainment venues. She loves travelling the world and is 85% fuelled by chocolate and chai lattes.

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Michelle Farley

Design Manager
ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle is responsible for creative development here at Circle In. She is literally obsessed when it comes to all things colour, design, and style.

Michelle is a big believer in progressive work practices, innovative collaboration and being part of a team that doesn’t always need to reside together to create amazing work (and amazing workplace culture!); and just cannot believe she gets to contribute to the incredible outcomes Circle In achieves for working parents (#dreamwork - her words!)

She’s known for her true love of coffee, summertime, and killer outfits. She’s also mum to the most gorgeous little human (who may or may not love sleep, hence provoking said love of coffee above!)

Nancy Manders

Communications & Partnership Manager
ABOUT NANCY

We think Nancy has the best job. Who wouldn’t love spending every day helping our incredible business partners run their customised stay-in-touch program. In her spare hours, Nancy manages our blog and real story content. Fair to say that Nancy’s role is having a huge impact on all working parents.

Nance is mum to two primary school-aged boys and wife to a gorgeous guy. She’s passionate about flexible working practices and senior job-share/part-time roles in workplaces with supportive, trusting and fun cultures… in an effort to reduce the struggle of the work-life juggle. Becoming a mum doesn’t affect one’s career seniority or experience. Companies can catch some incredible ‘mum’ talent, if job-sharing, part-time or flexible working practices were part of their offering.

Nance couples her analytical wit with creative skills that would leave Picasso in a slump! She’s known for her beautiful photography, artwork, digital designs and creative talent. Check out a small portfolio on insta @nancylouise.creative

Jackie Cryan

Bookkeeper and resident grandma
ABOUT JACKIE

Jackie is our bookkeeper and ensures our growing team is paid on time! We also like to call her our resident ‘grandma’ and you will often find her telling us all that we work far too hard. We loved welcoming Jackie into our team and building her confidence again after over 10 years out of the workforce.

Jackie is mum to our co-founder, Jodi and adores her grandchildren. She plays an active role in supporting the kids so that Jodi can continue to juggle her career and family.

When Jackie is not at Circle In HQ, she can be found in her sewing room making children’s clothes and gifts. She is a golfer, lover of wine and food and adores her family. In fact, the Circle In community all adore Jackie.

Vanessa Geerling

Content editor
ABOUT VANESSA

Our Content Editor, Vanessa, is living the working parent dream: 100% remote and flexible working, while simultaneously juggling three littles, the youngest still in nappies. A far cry from her former career in corporate communications, marketing and events management, but just as hectic and more rewarding.

A creative copywriter and editor with a passion for digital and print publishing, Vanessa loves adding finesse to the stories we bring you. She is forever amazed by the power of these shared stories in improving relations, building community and driving audience engagement.

Vanessa is in her element working in a role designed to connect and support working parents. She gets it—the crazy juggle, the want for a fairer world, the struggle for me time, that gap in your resume—because she’s living it.

When she does manage to steal five minutes to herself, you’ll find her hunting down a top-notch flat white, jumping on the meditation bandwagon or daydreaming about her next European adventure.

Erica Louise

Social Media Coordinator
ABOUT ERICA

Erica manages the social media content for Circle In. She lives and breathes digital, using her copywriting skills to create meaningful connections with Circle In’s online community.

Circle In’s positive work ethics promoting flexible working conditions, equality in the workforce and legitimate advice for working parents is a privilege for Erica to work with.

Erica stepped into her role at Circle In just at the right time; just as her youngest child was about to begin his own little journey into primary school. She fully understands the juggle involved in working with two young children, and enjoys seeing the connections Circle In makes with other like-minded parents.

When she is not crafting content for socials, Erica can be found frequenting Melbourne’s many art galleries, theatres and entertainment venues. She loves travelling the world and is 85% fuelled by chocolate and chai lattes.