TEAM

Vivian Bryant – Director & MD

A Graphic Designer by trade, Vivian established Brand Spanking in the spare room of a Ponsonby flat in 2002. She has been the constant force in the agency’s evolution and has garnered widespread respect from both clients and industry peers over the last 15 years, playing a key role in the evolution of the Comms Council’s PRESCOM (PR, Experiential and Social Committee) and regularly judging at the EFFIES, Beacons and Marketing Awards. Today she retains a major shareholding and heads up key client accounts including Independent Liquor, T&G Global, Hutchinson’s and 2degrees.

Outside of work, Vivian raises two young children with her husband Nathan and now lives back in Ponsonby, where it all started. Her past life includes a six-year stint in Japan and stunt work in films and television shows such as King Kong and Xena.

Jeremy Hunt – Director & CFO

Jeremy merged his campus marketing operation into Brand Spanking in 2004 and continues to hold a major stake in the agency. As well as being Brand Spanking’s CFO he oversees major accounts including Nespresso, Cottonsoft, and MARS, and takes a particular interest in sponsorship work for clients like Gatorade. At an industry level, he was the Treasurer of EMANZ (the Experiential Marketing Association of NZ) for many years and has judged awards such as the EFFIES and the NZ Radio Awards.

Jeremy moved to Havelock North in 2010 and now spends 2-3 days per week in Auckland, leaving wife Christina and three children in “the Bay” to enjoy the sunshine and lack of traffic. Dig deep into his past and you’ll find everything from a degree in Swedish to time spent lecturing corporate strategy at the University of Auckland Business School.

Charlotte Brodie – Channels, Assets & Insights Manager

Charlotte brings an eclectic background to the team with her BA in Psychology and Criminology striking fear in the heart of any brand ambassador that tries their luck with her while her five years experience working in a butchery provides the yin to Chelsea’s vegetarian yang. Charlotte also spent several years in the Air Cadets, has travelled through Europe, and has expensive taste when it comes to makeup, so has a pretty wide repertoire of conversation should you find yourself sitting next to her at a bar indulging in a cheeky cocktail.

Charlotte is kept busy managing all the asset and logistics requirements for the campaigns we deliver around the country. She is also responsible for making sure the NZ Sports Teams have their Gatorade wherever they may be in the world, no pressure!

 

Jane Lai – Talent Manager (AUK)

Graduating from AUT in International Hospitality with Event Management, Jane furthered her love for brand ambassadors and talent by working for Auckland Transport and QMS – helping Coordinator staff for major events in Auckland. Now working with Brand Spanking, Jane manages our Auckland talent team, finding suitable candidates for all our campaigns and tailoring them to whatever our client’s requirements may be. 

If she’s not out scouting staff, you’ll find Jane at her local dog park, patting any furry friends she can get her hands on. 

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea joined the team as Talent Booker in early 2021, after graduating with a conjoint Law and Business degree from the University of Auckland. While studying Chelsea was one of our star brand ambassadors, so hit the ground running with the ACTION team booking, field managing and training the Auckland talent. Outside of the office Chelsea is a garlic bread connoisseur and gin enthusiast, which she balances out with a love of the gym, skiing and snorkelling.

Rachael Knight – Lower North Island Coordinator

Now with us for over four years, Rachael originally trained in Hotel Management and managed major functions and conference for large corporates. She then worked for Unilever for 14 years as a Territory Manager, with her own team of 8 merchandisers, and later on, became an Account Manager for Foodstuffs for the Lower North Island. She also has seven years of industry experience in California, working for major outdoor festivals and traveling the US whilst doing so. 

With a passion for animal welfare, Rachael is a dog fosterer, who has provided a temporary home for over 80 dogs. In 2018 she won the SPCA NZ Fosterer of the year. If you see her around Wellington you’re likely to spot her in her 1966 Mustang convertible with her crazy pooch, Sprocket. 

 

Kevin Ku – Activations Coordinator

Kevin joined the team early in 2022 and is much more than the token male in the office! As well as experience working for us as a brand ambassador for clients such as Logitech, Nespresso and Kellogg’s, his background includes many years as a stunt performer and tutor. Now he takes on the challenge of coordinating activations, including the staffing and collateral required to make shifts happen seamlessly on the day.

Kevin’s most recent roles were as a Stunt Tutor for Unitec and South Seas Media School, building on years of experience as a Stunt Performer. He has appeared in productions such as Power Rangers Dino Fury, and Vegas TVNZ, in which he had the distinction of being an Asian Mafia gang member blown up by a landmine. Outside of being blown up and falling off horses on purpose, Kevin has also played the piano since he was four years old and has a penchant for baking mean Lemon Shortbread cookies in his spare time.

Rhiannon May

Rhiannon stepped up to manage our South Island talent team in early 2021 after many years in the Christchurch talent team. Prior to this she studied at the University of Canterbury, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics. When she’s not recruiting talent, field managing shifts and completing admin, you’ll find Rhiannon walking her pooch, hitting one of the many trails around Christchurch, nose deep in a book or maybe at the tattoo parlour – she has nine tattoos so far!