New Appointments – December 2023

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BBN’s guide to new people and new roles across business in the Bay.

Giselle Brosnahan

Giselle is a professional portrait photographer who specialises in personal branding and corporate headshots. She founded Giselle B Photography in London before relocating with her Kiwi husband and two children to Tauranga last year. She shares “My approach is to make people feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera, and to create images which represent them and their brand.

I help business owners and professionals elevate their online presence by creating photographs that they are proud to share.” Giselle’s work has won a number of awards, has been published in magazines and newspapers, and featured in marketing campaigns.

Jenha Phillips

Te Puia | NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute has appointed Jenha Phillips as its new marketing and communications manager. Jenha has come from Scion, the Crown Research Institute for Forestry, where she was the marketing and communications manager. She has previously worked with Te Puia | NZMACI in various capacities since 2012 when she was communications manager at Rotorua NZ. Since then, she has worked with the organisation as a client at Shine PR and Phillips Group. Jenha is excited to join the tourism sector again and to reconnect with the team to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Māori culture.

Grant Marunui

Te Puia | NZ Māori Arts & Crafts introduces its new Tumu Whakairo Rākau (Head of Wood Carving School) Grant Marunui (Ngāti Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Te Kahu, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Manawa and Rangitāne ki Manawatu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia). Marunui comes from his own business Te Taonga Māori Art which was based at Scion, fostering an integration of matauranga and science.

Marunui says “with the support of my masters who taught me, I intend on supporting our pouako (tutors) and tauira (students) to ensure we maintain the high level of carving our masters set for us”.

Kirsten Ogden

Fuel Agency is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kirsten Ogden as Account Director. Kirsten significantly enhances the agency’s ability to offer world-class client service capabilities.

She brings over a decade of extensive agency and publishing experience, having worked in media industries both in New Zealand and London. She has driven successful projects for Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Panasonic, Tourism Australia, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Super Liquor and Resene Paints. “I was attracted to Fuel because of its reputation,” said Kirsten. “I look forward to delivering the highest quality of service to clients and helping Fuel thrive as we move forward.”

Tom Lear

Creative Director Tom Lear joins Fuel Agency from Society to underline the Agency’s commitment to offering some of the best advertising creative in the industry. Tom brings global experience to Fuel, having worked with agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and CHE Proximity and brands like Mazda, Foxtel, Telstra, Bank of Melbourne, Classic Builders, Zespri and Lion Breweries.

“I welcome the opportunity to help clients articulate their brand message in a way that resonates with their audiences in an increasingly complex world,” said Tom. With Tom on the team, Fuel continues to be an agency to watch as it embarks on its next chapter of growth.

Scott Koster

The Salvation Army has announced the recent appointment of Scott Koster as a new Wills and Bequests Manager. Scott recently left a long career in the banking industry, working in the UK and New Zealand, with an early career in the automobile industry in California.

Scott’s role endeavours to support and promote social causes that directly and positively impact people’s lives. Scott is thrilled to be part of a dynamic team that will further continue the mission of the Salvation Army, changing lives for the better through the generosity of its bequestors.

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