Kea New Zealand Team
In alphabetical order:
Sarah Abdel-Aal – Programme Manager – Leaders for New Zealand, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Originally from Germany, Sarah has recently arrived in New Zealand and brings with her knowledge and experience of international markets and cultures. In the past she has been heavily involved in political leadership development and European Union policy. Sarah holds a BA European Studies and speaks German, English, French and Dutch. A passionate ‘Friend of New Zealand’, she dedicates her time at Kea to the establishment and development of the Leaders for New Zealand programme. View Sarah's LinkedIn profile.
Dayna Bradley – Financials and Compliance, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Dayna has worked with Kea since September 2005. With a background in Information Systems and Records Management, Dayna initially managed Kea’s technology platform and several website development projects prior to taking over Kea’s financials and reporting. Dayna now manages Kea’s legal contracts, budgets and financial reporting, annual audit and reporting to Government. She continues to assist with other projects/initiatives as needed. View Dayna's LinkedIn profile.
Ginny Clark - Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the Global CEO, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Ginny joined Kea in March 2011 to support Dr. Sue Watson, Kea’s Global CEO and also handles the day-to-day running of accounts and payroll as well as overseeing the office premises. Ginny has held many senior Executive Assistant roles in both Auckland and Sydney including Safekids New Zealand, Gambling Helpline, SKYCITY Auckland, TNT Australia and Crone & Associates. View Ginny's LinkedIn profile.
Stephen Dee - World Class New Zealand Programme Director, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Stephen first joined Kea in September 2010 as Regional Manager for the UK , based in London. In January 2012 he moved home to New Zealand to take up the role of Director for World Class New Zealand. The World Class New Zealand network is a collaborative initiative between Kea Global and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. The network exists to strengthen its members’ Kiwi ties while contributing their unique talents and influence for the benefit of New Zealand. Membership is by invitation only.
Stephen’s career spans significant periods in higher education and in performing arts and entertainment – he has run opera companies in New Zealand and Australia and has co-produced a West End musical. Most recently Stephen worked as UK General Manager Arts and Entertainment for IMG, the global sports and entertainment conglomerate. In his role as UK Regional Manager he has built relationships with the World Class New Zealanders in his region and is keen to build and develop the programme on his return to New Zealand. View Stephen's LinkedIn profile.
Bridgid Hawley - Kea Director for UK and Europe based in London, UK. After graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts, Bridgid spent 5 years in Beijing studying Mandarin and working for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. As the foundation manager for NZTE's Beachheads Programme in China, Bridgid worked alongside top New Zealand exporters as they developed their market presence, facilitating access to high profile private sector mentors and key contacts in the market. A passionate New Zealander, Bridgid is keen to support the implementation of Kea's new global strategy and help New Zealand fulfill its international potential. View Bridgid's LinkedIn profile.
Tim Huston – Commercial Director, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Tim joined Kea in March 2012, having recently returned to New Zealand after spending 10 years working in Australia. Tim brings to the role 20 years of experience in the online advertising, recruitment communications and digital marketing sectors. He has worked for Haines Attract and Saatchi & Saatchi in NZ, and monster.com, News Digital Media and DoubleClick in Australia. Tim’s most recent role was Commercial Director at Golf Link partners in Sydney, where he was responsible for developing new revenue streams and increasing member engagement for this niche online business. Tim will be responsible for partner and sponsor relationships with Kea and commercialisation of the Kea global network including the online community and the Leaders for New Zealand network. View Tim's LinkedIn profile.
Courtney Jarrett – Communications Assistant, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Courtney joined Kea New Zealand in June 2012. She works part time updating the Kea Global website, sending out e-newsletters to Kea’s 32,000 members and helping with social media. Courtney recently completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies, majoring in Public Relations, at AUT University. View Courtney's LinkedIn profile.
Sam Mickell - Communications Director, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Sam specialises in creative marketing communications with a focus on digital and social media. He has produced content for web and TV both in America and New Zealand, has worked in International PR for Tourism New Zealand, and runs New Zealand's largest independent Facebook community; Gotta Love New Zealand. He has worked and lived in Los Angeles, Spain and Australia. Sam will focus on reinventing Kea's global communications for the digital age, as well as directing Kea’s 'One Million People' project, an open, social media-based community of global New Zealanders and ‘friends of New Zealand’ who want to connect with one another and contribute to New Zealand. View Sam's LinkedIn profile.
Matt Monk – Digital Producer, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Matt joined the communications team in July 2012 and looks after Kea’s newsletters and Kea’s website. Matt has worked in print and online marketing and editorial, having worked as a freelance writer and editor for several publications and also brings his media marketing and PR experience to Kea’s communications team. Matt has worked for APN, Tangible Media, Eleven PR, Impact PR and more, and is passionate about bringing quality and relevant information to Kea’s members and the New Zealand media. View Matt's LinkedIn profile.
Gillian Moore – Events, China. Based in Shanghai, China. Gillian joined Kea in September 2011. Gillian spent her formative years in NZ broadcasting working in radio and television production. Later she focussed on event management for Kiwi Dairies and Fonterra. She managed large projects such as the exhibits for Kiwi Dairies and Fonterra at the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays and the Fonterra launch. Gillian has also lived in London and San Francisco. View Gillian's LinkedIn profile.
Nikitin Sallee - Special Projects, based in Auckland after previously supporting Kea's global operations from a base in Los Angeles, North America. Nikitin manages a range of special projects. Nikitin has been involved in Kea since it was first conceived in 2001 and was the founding Chair of Kea's Los Angeles group. Nikitin was the founding Communications Director for the NZ Treasury during the economic reforms of the late 1980s and mid 1990s and has held various government and public relations roles in both the public and private sector. Nikitin was previously an award-winning journalist for National Business Review, Radio Pacific and Radio New Zealand. View Nikitin's LinkedIn profile.
Kirsty Stanhope - Business Development Manager. Kirsty has worked in Public Relations and Advertising for many years, most of those spent with Saatchi & Saatchi, Porter Novelli, M&N Communications and most recently project based work with Redbridge Communications. Her experience in both disciplines combined with her passion for communication and a flare for creative approach, means her methodology is always comprehensive and innovative. After spending over seven years in South East Asia, two in the United Arab Emirates and currently living in Shanghai she feels strongly about understanding matters of culture in order to deliver appropriate communications solutions. Currently Kirsty sits on the Kea China Advisory Board and the British International School Shanghai’s Strategic Planning Board. View Kirsty's LinkedIn profile.
Dr Sue Watson - Kea Global CEO, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Sue joined Kea NZ in February 2011 to begin the implementation of the organisation's new global strategy. Sue is an educational academic, consultant and business director whose international experience includes two years as a Research Associate at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2004, she launched export education publishing company and consultancy, South Pacific Press and Lift Education, with business partners. The company leveraged New Zealand’s internationally recognised expertise in literacy to grow the export business.
Since 2009, she has been an independent consultant on a range of projects including the OECD’s Financial Education in Schools project. View Sue's LinkedIn profile.