Meet the Production Team

Carolynne Brown

Production Co-ordinator for Business Magazines.

I have been with Academy since 2008. For the first 18 months I was a media consultant which was fun and a great experience.

Knowing and understanding the sales process from start to finish has been really helpful in my current role as 2IC in the production department.

As production co-ordinator my work day is mainly taken up with processing bookings, data entry and contacting clients to help them with their advertising requirements. I really enjoy working with a very talented production team.

When possible I love spending time with my 2 grandsons down in Dunedin.

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Sarah Betman

Lead Magazine Designer.

I’m a former graduate of The Design and Arts College of NZ and had worked in the industry for 3 years before having the chance to travel.

After grabbing much inspiration and life experience from my OE, I have settled back in to Christchurch with my two Burmese Teddy & Archie. I joined the Academy late in 2011. They are a great bunch of people and I am really proud to be part of the production team.

I design all day and all night, I’m obsessed with food, I relax by watching reality TV (in my tracks), but most of all I love spending time with my awesome friends & family basically  making the most of life!



Samantha Stuart

Intermediate Graphic Designer.

I graduated from Yoobee: School of Design as a Graphic Designer in Wellington back in 2012 and have since been working in the publishing world.

Originally from Nelson I moved to Wellington to study and then moved down to Christchurch after becoming a broke ass student.

In my spare time Ill be either hitting the gym or doing freelance work to save for tattoos otherwise I’m playing video games and blowing money on things I don’t need. I love hanging with my cat Bob and sharing a chicken nugget or two with friends.

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Sophie McGinn

Production Co-ordinator/Graphic Designer

After completing my Diploma In Interior Design and working in the industry for a couple of years, I made the move to Academy Group in the Production Coordinator role.

I was keen to learn new things in an area I didn’t know that much about and working with the other production team members have only improved my skill set.

When I’m not at work I will be spending time with family and friends, checking out the latest cafe in town, hanging out with Bebe and Rastus,  my two Jack Russell’s or doing some DIY project around the home.

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Kate Johnstone

Graphic Designer/Production Co-ordinator.

I graduated from Massey Universities College of Creative Arts in Wellington, and soon after moved to Christchurch.

Working at Academy has granted me my big break into the design/publishing industry.
I always start my day with a ritual cup of tea and my motivational metal.

I spend my spare time indulging in my passion for illustration and playing with my tattoo gun.
Otherwise, I’m out skating, running or plotting to kidnap all the cute dogs I see.

You can contact me at:  (or)