Meet the LightenUp Team​

The LightenUp team is small and scattered far and wide, but somehow it all just works! Let’s meet them.

Vanessa (aka “the original boss chick”) lives on the family farm just south of Collarenabri NSW with Mr LightenUp (#1 LU supporter) surrounded by acres of farming country, lots of animals and three gorgeous kids (when they can make it home). Vanessa is known alternatively as master delegator, fabric fanatic and master lampshade maker.

Next, meet Zoe – Vanessa’s gorgeous daughter and firstborn. Zoe is technically Vanessa’s PA, but we all call her the CEO. She works from her base in Newcastle and ventures home to LU HQ during planting and harvest or when Vanessa sends out an SOS for extra help. Zoe is an organiser extraordinaire and is also responsible for answering the many emails and messages we receive.

Sue (eldest sister) has the important role of accounts and logistics (fancy title for a fancy girl!) Sue works from her home near Dorrigo, inland of Coffs Harbour on the North Coast. If you’ve purchased a custom shade from us, Sue is the one who would have liaised with you to make the invoicing and logistics process a smooth one.

Jenny (middle sister) is based in Canberra and is primarily responsible for managing the website and online shop. She is also a sometimes lampshade maker (but not often enough, according to Vanessa), business partner, mentor and responsible for keeping Vanessa’s crazy ideas in check!

We also have another Sue on the team. This Sue is our behind the scenes helper, wonderful friend, neighbour and LU ‘slave’. Sue is a master packer, ironer, fabric cutter and fabulous supporter.

Last but not least is the handsome Louis. His main role in LU HQ is to provide some much-needed stress relief, something he is exceptional at!