Penny Hartill, Consulting Director
I am an award-winning communications professional whose outside-the-box ideas and healthy doses of pragmatism get great results.
My broad-based communications background spans more than 18 years and includes 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.
My feature writing has been published in such media as North & South magazine, Sunday Star-Times and New Internationalist magazine.
They say your key behaviours as a child personify your character as an adult. Being the type of child who got sent out of class for talking too much, while also being awarded the reading and written language prizes at school, I was destined to work with words and ideas.
I have strong, long-standing media contacts and have represented high profile personalities such as Jamie Oliver, Annabel Langbein, Lloyd Jones, Dame Anne Salmond and the late, great Michael King.
While I am located in Auckland, my clients are based all over New Zealand, some are across the ditch and a couple are based in the northern hemisphere.
Lise Clayton, Publicist
Lise Clayton has worked in book publishing for the past 10 years. 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. Lise is passionate about books, and is tenacious and driven at getting authors the best publicity possible.
Sherryl Arneil, Senior Consultant
I am a corporate communications practitioner with more than 10 years’ experience providing communications support to organisations across the financial services, tertiary education, sporting apparel and not for profit sectors. I have broad professional experience including the development and implementation of communications strategies; media and stakeholder relations; issues and crisis management, change communication and internal communication. A passionate advocate on behalf of the companies I work for, I am committed to the delivery of positive business outcomes.
My clients benefit from strategic advice, and innate ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders across all levels of an organisation. When faced with reputational challenges, I understand the need to act quickly to neutralise attacks or mitigate the situation, protecting an organisation’s credibility and reputation.