Gary Bertwistle

Leading creative and innovative thinker

Gary Bertwistle is an expert on unlocking creativity and building brands, using his straightforward, challenging, unique yet simple style to help people and organisations to think differently.

Gary began his career in the competitive world of retail before winning Young Executive of the Year in 1981. After several years in retail he moved into the music industry managing and promoting bands and artists.

In 1988 he returned to shopping centres and won three BOMA Awards: Best Shopping Centre Positioning, Best Shopping Centre Promotion and Best Shopping Centre Charity Event. After this, it was time for something new.

Gary moved into commercial radio in 1990 where he spent the next 7 years with Australia's largest radio network, Austereo. Gary became Group General Manager for Promotions and Marketing, overseeing the marketing and promotion of thirteen radio stations on the 2Day and Triple M Networks in Australia and five stations in Kuala Lumpur while creating ideas for some of Australia's best known brands.

In 1997 Gary founded Blue Moon Creative to assist organisations and individuals to challenge their traditional way of thinking and unlock their great ideas. He worked on the Sydney Millennium celebrations on Sydney Harbour.

In 2001 Gary designed and opened The Ideas Vault, Australia's first-ever dedicated creative space, designed specifically for the generation of better ideas. Located at The Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, The Vault's octagonal shape, natural light, outdoor space, furniture and facilities make it a unique and exciting venue for thinking, problem solving, meetings, strategy and workshops.

In 2004 Gary recorded and released an audio program called the Studio of the Mind which covers how creativity works, how to remove barriers to creative thinking, and techniques for unlocking ideas and imagination. He also developed his own Thinking Tools - The Spider Web, BiGNOA, The Spin Cycle, Ask Einstein and Hocus Pocus (the world's first edible creative thinking tool).

Gary is a keen athlete and cyclist who in 2007 co-founded a cycling charity called the Tour de Cure which so far has raised in excess of $10 million towards the fight against cancer and the search for a cure.

Gary is also the author of six books so far: The Keys to Creativity, Who Stole My Mojo?, What Made You Think of That?, The Vibe, My Dad's Got Mojo and What I Wish I Knew About Cancer.

Gary Bertwistle was named 2007, 2008 and 2012 Speaker of the Year for TEC (The Executive Connection), the world's leading CEO membership organisation. He is also the only two-time winner of the Mick Robertson Award for Marketing and Brand voted on by 14,000 CEOs around Australia.

Gary Bertwistle is a warm and engaging speaker whose presentations are fun and interactive and whose passion for having people and organisations think differently is clear.

Gary Bertwistle speaks about:

Who Stole My Mojo?: With the economic climate the way it is right now, there's change, uncertainty, unpredictability. With the frantic, frenetic and fast pace in business, people and brands are losing their mojo. This presentation helps remove the ceilings that are holding you back, to help you live out the dream you have for your company, your team or yourself. If your team has lost its zip, its pizazz, its direction and needs a shake up, then this is the ideal topic.

Leading Innovation: Whether working by yourself or with a group, Gary shows you how to unlock your great ideas. He takes practical tips and tools from the world's great creatives, brands and innovators then simplifies them to help you unlock the great ideas that currently exist around your office or company. Gary's straightforward, practical approach has struck a chord with many of Australia's biggest names like Lexus, Nintendo, Macquarie Bank, News Limited, Westpac and Optus.

Brand: Gary covers the fundamentals that need to be taken care of in this uncertain economic time, right through to the world's latest trends that are dictating how and why people buy from your company or brand. Gary explains the difference between marketing and brand and shows you the essential thinking and the action steps required in order to create a true brand that brings profitable results. This presentation is a must for any business who wants to separate themselves from their competitors.

Client testimonials

Gary was awesome! Picked up on the group dynamic from the outset and pitched perfectly to our needs. Actually exceeded our expectations which is hard to do with the Flight Centre group. Gary's Who Stole My Mojo? session has never been more relevant as it is today in a tough market where belief is paramount. Have recommended Gary to other parts of Flight Centre Ltd and will definitely get Gary back to present again to our group.

Flight Centre

Gary's session was fantastic, inspiring and stimulating. We all got a lot out of it!

Macquarie Bank

Your time was highly appreciated and I'm happy to say that you 'hit the mark'. More importantly, along with the content, your delivery was felt to be highly accessible and applicable. The overall response has been outstanding. Good work Gary!

Love Communications

Gary is like an adrenalin shot to the right side of the brain.

SCA Hygiene Australasia, NZ

The handouts, slides and small group exercises were outstanding. I think that the real 'secret' to your sessions is taking complex issues and allowing members to focus on simple strategies and tactics that make a real difference to their businesses.

Kleeman International

Thanks for the tips and for being inspirational yesterday. Your ability to present things simply and to push people to break the mould was something that I really admire.

Watson Wyatt, UK

I just wanted to thank-you for the sessions at the conference. They were exactly what I was after. Your session was universally viewed as the highlight!


Thank you very much for a fantastic presentation on Friday morning, the feedback has been sensational... a real hit with our audience. Your presentation style was engaging and your content certainly delivered what we had advertised... so a big thank you.

AMI Institute

Gary’s content was well received and engaging. He resonated with the audience and delivered an energetic professional presentation within the brief he was given.

Redland City Council