It's not business as usual
You can benefit from our smart strategies
Small business life can be challenging & relentless
Who We Are
Our talented team of designers and developers are headed up by our management team. We’d like to introduce them to you and share with you a little more about what makes each one of us tick – just click on any one of our pics below to learn more!
- Liz Flatters – Creative Director, Founder & Marketing Strategist
- Brett Flatters – Managing Director & Resident Barista
- Claudia Mottolini – Project Manager & Style Savant
We take pride in the relationships we build, the personal service we deliver and the attention to detail in our work.
Click an image below to learn a little more about each of us
Creative Director, Founder & Marketing Strategist
Liz is the Creative Director and Marketing Strategist at Staying in Touch. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, Liz is the main point of contact for our Perth-based and interstate clients. An MBA from UWA and many years experience in business means Liz can apply her expertise in marketing, business development and strategic thinking to assist our clients – a significant added benefit to working with Staying in Touch.
Liz’s passion for helping businesses develop and grow has motivated her to take on various roles over the years. She was a Small Business Advisor for the WA Business Growth Centre for two years and has held positions on boards including the State Training Board Small Business Training Committee, the Business Enterprise Centre Joondalup Board and the McCusker Learning & Development Strategic Advisory Group.
To continue staying abreast of the innovations and challenges facing small business, Liz has been an active member of the Joondalup Business Association since 1995 (when she launched Staying in Touch), and BNI Australia since 2008 (an international referral networking organisation with members and chapters in over 70 countries).
Liz was a member of BPW Australia for 20+ years (a division of the International Federation of Business & Professional Women – which has clubs in around 100 countries, and membership of around 25,000) and held board positions at local, state and national levels.
Through her involvement in BPW Liz presented at many conferences, seminars and workshops on topics related to business and marketing; and helped to promote and support a number of projects, events and initiatives to progress gender equity and empower women here in Australia and internationally. These include education scholarships in Papua New Guinea, a nursing school in Mexico… and so much more. Highlights of her BPW career include:
- Keynote speaker at the BPW International Conference in Mexico City.
- Awarded BPW Western Australian Business Woman of the Year 2008.
- Heading the International Women’s Day campaign in 2019, promoting the theme “Better the balance, better the world” throughout her local business community. Then writing a submission entitled “Ten Ordinary Women” which went on to win a category in the International Women’s Day Best Practice Competition – one of over 300 high quality entries received from groups around the world.
As a place to visit – absolutely loved Paris. For design & innovation inspiration – just blown away by Helsinki & Tallinn.
Podcasts – when driving I enjoy listening to inspiring speakers on topics related to business and personal development.
Managing Director & Resident Barista
Brett is the Managing Director at Staying in Touch – yet he still makes a better coffee than any of us!
For many years Brett applied his artistic and creative skills to graphic design and website development projects for our clients, but with the bigger team in the company today he rarely ‘gets on the tools’.
Brett’s secret power is “problem-solving” and he has an incredible ability to think outside the box to achieve a desired outcome – so he’s often tasked with finding solutions for our more quirky, challenging jobs. His current focus is on managing key accounts (including our clients located in the south west) and networking on the golf course.
When I have a day off, I’m often found on a golf course. I’m currently a member of Sun City Country Club and the WA Veterans Golf Association – it’s been enjoyable playing regularly again after about 14 years away from the sport.
After owning a music store in the 1990s I developed a very broad taste in music, and listen to a wide range of artists and genres. Currently listening to The Whitlams.
To get back down to my previous lowest golf handicap of 4 – currently on 10. (I played golf for 25 years and got down to 4. Then I didn’t play for about 14 years, but took it back up in 2018 – so it’s been slow but steady progress.)
I’m a budding musician – most recently playing the banjo.
I have flown through the sound barrier in a fighter aircraft.
Project Manager & Style Savant
Claudia joined the Staying in Touch team in 2019. As our Project Manager, her customer-focused role is to oversee the liaison between our clients and our creative team to ensure all projects are progressing forward smoothly.
She is a mum of two girls and has run her own design studio. Claudia has background in IT, Design and Visual Art, and has worked with the WA State Government to visualise the preliminary building concepts for the Northern Corridor Urban Infill Project.
When she’s not in the office managing projects and doting on the resident doggos, she’s helping manage the St Luke’s Catholic Primary School Parents & Friends Committee (as their current Vice President), running the Lego Mini-Masters Challenge, or designing small sensory spaces (including gardens and quiet spaces) for children.
The Friendship Onion Podcast – with Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd.
What We Do In The Shadows.
Japan in 2015. The kids got to see the bullet train, Studio Ghibli Museum, Osaka Aquarium, The Tim Burton Exhibition, and Tokyo Disney. My mum got to experience tea ceremonies, Arishiyama temple & bamboo grove, and old Gion in Kyoto. Hubby and I got to spend our twelfth wedding anniversary eating takoyaki and drinking Yebisu in the tiniest of Tokyo’s bars after seeing the Studio Ghibli Museum. What a blast!
Currently drawing up the illustrations for a children’s book I’m working on.
I’m a former child actor and used to be known to my school bullies as the Master’s Quencho Bar Girl.
Persia & Cairo
The Saluki Sisters
We are very fortunate to have Persia and Cairo, who are Brett & Liz’s dogs, in our workplace at Staying in Touch.
Did you know that simply petting a dog for a few minutes helps your body release happy hormones like serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin? So it’s not surprising that many studies have shown that pets in the workplace can make employees happier and increase productivity, team morale, and employee retention while decreasing stress and absence.
It’s lovely to be excitedly greeted by the dogs when we arrive at work, to stop for a moment to watch them doing something funny, or to have them join us on our breaks.
Persia and Cairo are Salukis – an ancient breed of desert dog, famous for their speed and who once hunted alongside Bedouins in the deserts of Persia.
Genetic testing has proven the breed is one of the oldest in the world, and dogs resembling the Saluki appear on Sumerian tombs dating as far back as 7000 B.C.
They certainly can look elegant and regal, but don’t let them fool you. They’re quite funny, mischievous and entertaining, and have just two settings – full-on or totally zen.
Persia is 9 years old (born 2014) and Cairo is 7 years old (born 2016).
Yes, they’re half sisters. Even though they are born two years apart, they came from the same kennels in Kilmore, Victoria and have the same mother but different fathers.
If they’re not sleeping on the couch, they love to run! It’s magic to watch them – as they have two main styles of gait, the trot and the gallop. Their gait at top speed is unique – all four legs are suspended in the air at once.
Salukis run at top speeds of 55km per hour (40 mph) or more with their feet barely touching the ground. These top speeds are reached in short spurts, but they also have exceptional endurance and stamina. While Greyhounds are the fastest sprinter (up to 800m), the Saluki is faster over longer distances… so it is sometimes said that over a longer distance (e.g. 3km) they are the fastest predator, faster than a cheetah! (Editor’s note: Not necessarily ours, who are couch potatoes!)
Still enjoy an inspiring speaker, book or CD that motivates me to improve some area of my life or business.
Staying in Touch is a marketing, graphic design and web development studio based in Joondalup – Perth, Western Australia. We help small businesses, organisations and professionals to promote their products and services better.
We are creative, knowledgeable, reliable and easy to deal with – but we offer so much more than just our technical skills! With our 25+ years experience and expertise in effective marketing for the small business sector, it’s the marketing advice and guidance we give with every project we undertake – to help you to grow and improve your business – that sets us apart.