About us

Penny Hartill
Consulting Director

Penny is an award-winning communications professional whose outside-the-box ideas and healthy doses of pragmatism get great results. Her broad-based communications background spans more than 18 years and includes external communications management for government funded health organisations, organising major arts and cultural festivals, publicity management for national arts awards, book publicity, issues management for a public transport company and a copyright protection agency, strategic public relations for large financial institutions and campaign implementation for social service agencies.

Her feature writing has been published in such media as North & South magazine, Sunday Star-Times and New Internationalist magazine.

She has strong, long-standing media contacts and has represented high profile personalities such as Jamie Oliver, Annabel Langbein, Lloyd Jones, Dame Anne Salmond and the late, great Michael King.

Justine McLeary
Account Manager

A qualified journalist, Justine  has been in the media and communications industry for more than 20 years. She spent 13 years in local government PR and has extensive experience as a journalist and subeditor for various regional, national and international publications. Justine is tenacious and leaves no stone unturned to gain maximum coverage for clients’ projects. Her most recent assignment with hPR was publicity management for the NZ Institute of Architects local and national awards.

Justine has a Bachelor of Media Arts and a diploma in journalism and is working towards an applied management degree (HR major). She’s also a published author. 

When she’s not working Justine is often found running, reading or refereeing disputes between her two children.

Karleen Reeve
Digital Marketing

Karleen Reeve is hPR’s not-so-secret weapon! 

Her digital marketing expertise sets our clients ahead of the pack, offering strategic advice and tactical implementation across online channels including Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Display Network and online remarketing. 

With more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, media planning and buying, Karleen uses in-depth and up to date quantitative research to develop effective, cost efficient plans. 

Karleen also provides comprehensive consumer profiles highlighting media consumption habits for target markets.

Lise Clayton
Publicist

Lise Clayton has worked in book publishing for the past 10 years.

Lise is passionate about books, and is tenacious and driven at getting authors the best publicity possible.

She was previously a senior publicist at HarperCollins New Zealand and worked with authors such as Tracy Chevalier, Raymond E Feist, Cathy Kelly, Cecelia Ahern, Stuart MacBride, Kathy Lette, Derek Hansen, Geraldine Brooks, Sarah Kate-Lynch, Celia Lashlie, Nigel Latta, Glyn Harper, Deborah Challinor, Margaret Mahy, Tessa Duder and many more.