The Team

  • 1️⃣ We Are Essential. We only do the best work for the job. Nothing less.
  • 2️⃣ We Are Respectful. To ourselves, the team and whoever we work with.
  • 3️⃣ Obstacles Are Opportunities. It’s generic, but generic for a reason. Every challenge can build us up or break us down. We always choose the former.
Daren Lake
Client Lead & Operations
Daren is a New York City raised now Sydney based; Aria Award-winning - jack of all trades, Master of Some. He's worked with big brands on global ad campaigns, recorded podcasts with Australian Prime Ministers and musically shared the stage/collaborated with Gotye, Diplo, and Kid Cudi. You can find him sitting comfortably in the intersection of audio/music production, podcasting, fitness, health, technology, and the arts.
Karly Loy
Head of Production

Karly is a production project management specialist with over 9 years’ experience at Universal Pictures and other home entertainment distributors in London.

Now based in Sydney, Karly ensures Pod Paste's clients have a great experience while our productions are kept on track and delivered on time.  

Nikki Thomas
Creative Lead

Nikki helps Pod Paste manage clients, content and everything in the middle. She can write a script and mix down some audio tracks after narrating and hosting a podcast show. She's the full package. 

She's originally from Melbourne but now residing in Brooklyn, NYC. Nikki has worked as a voiceover artist for over a decade in both Australia and the US.

Also an actor and writer, Nikki creates her own fictional audio drama and performs in radio plays around the world.  Oh, and you may have heard Nikki as she's is the national American voice of Tim Tam's, introducing this lovely snack to the United States.

Brent Cox
Audio & Video Editor

Brent is our audio + video editor. He brings an eclectic and versatile range of experience to Pod Paste as a professional, open-format DJ of 14 years, has participated in community radio as a producer, host and even been a guest on a number of occasions as well running operations, logistics and hosting silent disco’s.

Brent started his working life as a junior soccer (association football) referee in his late teens before living and working in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley as an Outdoor Instructor which is what planted the seed to his long and illustrious DJ career but that’s a story for another time!

Aemyn Connolly
Audio/Video Producer

Aemyn is an audio and video podcast engineer/producer at Pod Paste. They also handle a lot of different technical and creative responsibilities including video and keeping on top of the best ways to make great things remotely.

They grew up in a forest and got good at computers by rescuing electronics from landfills and making music on them.

Now they're a sound designer and music maker working to put over a decade of audio exploration into practice while finding rhythm, direction, and places to make noise as a non-binary creative.

Chuck (Charles) Montano
Copy/Story Lead, Researcher and Producer

Pod Paste's consult for narrative and structure, Chuck works with clients to deliver the meaning in their individual stories.

With a broad range of experience as podcaster, MC, songwriter and more, Chuck draws on a range of elements to help the Pod Paste Team shape your project into a unique top-shelf podcast.

Luisa Benazzi
Marketing & Sales Coordinator

Luisa is the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. With a Public Relations, Media Strategy, and Event Management background, she is now working with new approaches for social media and creating content for different platforms here at Pod Paste.

Joyce Cabanilla
Marketing & SEO Consultant

Joyce has five years’ experience working as a sales consultant and content curator in the fashion, travel and arts industries. Understanding the importance of engagement and consumer relations, she hopes to increase Podpaste’s brand awareness through effective connection on social media

Georgia Took
Finance Manager

Georgia Took is a bookkeeper with many years' experience across the events, communication and bulk food industries. As an avid podcast listener, Georgia is excited to join the Pod Paste team and gain an understanding of the "behind the scenes" of podcast production whilst supporting the financial and tax obligations of the business.

Aidan Molins
Copy/Storywriter, Researcher and Producer

Aidan Molins is a digital producer with experience as a social media video creator for the likes of Junkee and NOVA Radio. Aidan is currently producing "Frugal Forever", an up and coming personal finance podcast aimed at millennial women, and "Great and Small", a podcast for the RSPCA

Phil Cross

Phil is the co-founder of Leaders For Good: They help leaders and organisations act for the purpose of good in the world.

He's also a strategist, leadership development specialist, facilitator, and coach. He believes leaders hold the power to change the world for the better.

Phil’s background and experience blend together leadership development, organisational change, strategy, digital transformation. Helping to embed purpose, grow teams and solve problems for some of the world’s most notable brands. 

Phil is also the sometimes co-host of the endurance sports, health and wellness podcast, DLake Creates Podcast.

Kary Youman
Kary is a Heart-Centered Human Being with 10+ years of professional experience, cultivating relationships and helping people break through limiting beliefs, with a specialized focus on developing leadership and emotional intelligence within organizations. 
He has played a role in facilitating change by hosting workshops and talking about topics such as personal growth, servant leadership, stress reduction, nonviolent communication, and mindfulness to help shift the way organizations view leadership principles.

Kary was invited to speak at TedX, where he told his compelling and amazing personal family story. This was in hopes of helping other people become the healthiest version of themselves for their families.