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 Dyson, Asahi, T&G Global, Hutchinson’s and Tesla.
Outside of work, Vivian raises two 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 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 is visiting us less and less these days, though still finds time to gloat about the sunshine and lack of traffic in “the Bay”. 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 brings an eclectic background to the team with her BA in Psychology and Criminology, five years experience working in a butchery, and extensive hunting stories striking fear in the heart of any brand ambassador that tries their luck with her. 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 overseeing all the operational aspects of the campaigns we deliver in various channels around the country, from assets to logistics and managing the talent team. She is also responsible for making sure the NZ Sports Teams have their Gatorade wherever they may be in the world, no pressure!
Chelsea joined the team as Talent Booker in early 2021, after graduating with a conjoint Law and Business degree from AUT. 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. She now plays a key role on the Dyson, Tesla and Nespresso accounts. 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.
Now with us for over five years, Rachael originally trained in Hotel Management and managed major functions and conferences 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.
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!
Teagan joined the team after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Communications and Sociology and a three month sojourn around Europe post-lockdown. With that degree, a working background in hospitality, and a passion for both fashion and skin care, a career in the advertising/PR industry has always been on the cards.
She now works with Charlotte to make sure campaigns are planned and booked in the appropriate channels and that all the necessary reminder calls and other administration are completed to ensure a smooth activation. Teagan’s hit the ground running and received particularly high praise for her phone manner, an old fashioned art form that is still critical when it comes to wrangling stores and reps!
Half Dutch, half Scottish Paris joined us in 2023 having graduated with a Covid-style BCom in Marketing and International Business. She now gets her hands dirty, literally at times, supporting Charlotte and making sure the nuts and bolts of our campaigns are well and truly in place.
A cocktail connoisseur and self-professed coffee snob, Paris grew up in Hawke’s Bay before becoming a city girl when she moved to Auckland for uni. She hates the cold but loves skiing. Travel and fashion also rock her boat and she has been known to indulge in a little online shopping.