Media Consultants

Grant Williams

Media Consultant

I started with Academy Group in 2000 coming from a background in business and sales and marketing. These skills have lent well to my career at Academy and the job I do looking after the advertising and marketing needs of small to medium enterprise nationwide.

I have been extremely fortunate to work alongside a number of New Zealand’s most successful and forward thinking business owners and entrepreneurs and enjoy playing a part in telling the story of their success. Currently, I assist the Senior Management Team by training and mentoring new additions to the Magazine Sales Team and this is a challenge that continually keeps me on my toes.

I certainly enjoy the thrill of seeing Media Consultants ‘under my tutelage’ rise to the challenge of sales and experience the ‘buzz’ of sales success.

In my spare time I like to travel and see exotic parts of the world, I enjoy music and play bass and guitar, and do indulge (probably far too regularly) in the many fabulous chefs and restaurants Christchurch has to offer.

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Melissa Sinclair

Media Consultant

I have been working for Academy Publishing since the end of January 2011, and after a “shakey” start I am really enjoying myself.  The people are great to work with and very friendly, fun and helpful.

My background has been 10 years at Christchurch Casino in various roles including Marketing & Promotions, Security, Customer Service and a little MCing of concerts.

I am proud to be a part of the Academy Group of companies – 100% New Zealand owned and operated.

I love sourcing great local and national businesses with a story to tell along with helping businesses advertise their success and what they can do for the community.  We live in a great country and there is so much to do if I can help get the word out then I am happy.

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Lynne Puddy-Greenwood

Events Manager

I’m a new addition to the team doing events and who’s who so if you have a great function going on email me and we will see if we can slot you in.

I have been involved with Radio and Magazines for many years and have covered Air NZ Fashion Events and Woman in Business, Corporate Events throughout New Zealand and have been an Editor myself of Business, Health and Women’s Magazines.

I enjoy a challenge and hope to see you at one of my events.

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Jane Watson

Media Consultant

I started work for Academy Publishing in January 2003 and am very proud to be associated with the development and expansion of this company during that time.

Over the years – and necessity has meant there’s been long breaks in between my Academy  “chapters” – I’ve particularly enjoyed working alongside clients developing generic sections “Sustainability in Business”, “Corporate Destinations”, “History in Business” etc.

In 2006  I moved for a period into the role of Business Development Manager for Business publications. Particular satisfaction here was in project managing the comeback of Wellington Today; nurturing and securing mutually beneficial business partners and identifying opportunities to bring our Today publications business forward.

Due to personal circumstances I moved my office to a home base in 2008 and have just returned from an extended period of bereavement leave. And have just begun to celebrate life again. The words “Academy family” mean so much now as I start on a new segment of the journey.

Years ago I gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury and worked previously for TVNZ as a researcher and writer (Children’s programmes, Maori language) and (after the formation of the Maori Unit, Ak.) Now TV and CTV (Christchurch) as an account mgr. and occasional writer/radio (children’s programme) voice performer.

I have been an enthusiastic Mum and have two grown sons. And in my spare time I’m recording oral memoirs and the sound of N.Z’s (still operational) industrial (machinery) heritage – the current project focussing on N.Z’s maritime history (steam and motor ship, and fishing industry). Am working on putting together a body of work that can be donated to museums.

Please contact me if you know of an elderly person who has a life experience/knowledge in this regard and would be keen to have their memoirs recorded.

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