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
Head of Content & 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.
Aemyn Connolly
Head of Production

Aemyn is a Podcast Producer at Pod Paste and has handled a lot of different technical and creative responsibilities. Prior to Pod Paste, he was an audio visual technician. He grew up in a forest but couldn’t be more digital, making music and videos in his spare time

Michelle Lee
Podcast & Marketing Manager

Michelle is the manager of podcast projects and people. With a background in events management, she has developed a neat set of skills that makes her amazing at communicating with clients and organising the production team.

Michelle admires amazing attempts at alliteration and enjoys writing up cheesy puns wherever she can because they're grate. You can find her staying true to the Pod Paste brand by sporting a shade of pink in her everyday outfits.


Chuck (Charles) Montano
Copy/Storywriter, 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.
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

Brent Cox
Audio Engineer

Brent is a fresh face to Pod Paste's production team. With a long 10 year career as a professional DJ and 8 years experience in music production, he brings a lot of sonic colour and flavour to our various podcast projects. 

Allison Chan
Podcast Teacher & Narrative Story Producer

Allison Chan is a podcast producer and editor, based in Sydney. She was previously the Executive Producer of All The Best, FBi Radio’s flagship storytelling and training program. Her works have been featured on ABC RN’s Encounter, Earshot, Life Matters and RN Breakfast programs.

She was also a producer and editor at Ghost Island Media, a podcast production company based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Allison teaches podcasting at Western Sydney University and produces podcasts at University Technology Sydney.

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.

Eleni Belogiannis
Finance Advisor
I am an experienced finance manager who has largely worked in small to medium-sized, privately-owned companies. My focus has been on commercial management accounting and business partnering and I have a particular interest in process improvements and accounting systems.  
I like to make life easier for business owners
Nikki Thomas
Voice Artist & Script Writer

Nikki helps Pod Paste with voice-over narration reads, voice-over strategy, and scriptwriting.

Nikki is the national American voice of Tim Tam's, introducing this lovely snack to the United States.

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 audio drama and performs in radio plays around the world. 

Yannick Lawry
Voice Over Artist and Script Writer

As a trained actor and lawyer with a background in radio presenting, expressing myself clearly and confidently have always been my bread-and-butter!

I run a little studio in Redfern where I record my own VO work and collaborate on a range of creative and corporate projects and I'm a big fan of giving my range accents a good workout from my native South London/RP via my genuine French heritage to my new adoptive home here in Sydney, Australia.

Phil Cross

Phil is a developmental coach, facilitator, strategist, Integral Practitioner and lover of frameworks. He’s a founder at ‘This Thing of Ours’ where he helps individuals and organisations look at the world in new ways and translate that insight into action. Phil has experience leading teams, program design and delivery, digital marketing and experience design.

Phil is also the co-host of the health and fitness podcast, Master of Some.

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.
Sasha Skyba
Business Strategy Adviser

I help Pod Paste with all things business, sales, and finance strategy. I'm also the host of the Basketball Forever Podcast.

I have worked in the sports industry managing the careers and business interests of some of Australia's top athletes. 

I run a sports management business (Skyba Sports) and currently, I am a consultant at Deloitte in Mergers & Acquisitions.