Meet the Team

Gary Collins

Managing Director

I started with the company in 1997 as the General Manager and have always been involved in the publishing industry – you could say it’s in the blood as it has been in my family for the last 35 years.

Due to having an excellent team of people we have experienced steady growth over the last 18 years and now have offices on the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Auckland as well as our head office operation in Christchurch. We have launched several new companies along the way including a job site, a dog and cat food distribution company, SafeBottles – analternative for plastic water bottles, which, due to my personal interest in health and fitness, I am very passionate about and several more publishing arms particularly into the Australian market.

I am now the Managing Director of Academy Group and as such focus on the future growth of the business. This includes a new recently launched venture – FatWeb, a leading web design company, creating websites for companies of all sizes.

I am excited about the future opportunities for our business and our staff.

You can contact me at: gary@academy.net.nz

 

Kylie Palermo

General Manager of Operations

I joined the Academy Group in 2005, where I started out as an Office Junior after many years within the Administration department I am now, the General Manager of Operations. My role includes several duties for each of the companies under the Academy umbrella which keeps me very busy.

When I’m not at work, I spend this time with my husband Michael, our daughter Hayley and our dog Max.

You can contact me at: kylie@academy.net.nz

 

Clive Greenwood

National Sales & Development Manager

I left Academy to run my own award winning publishing company with a portfolio of eight magazines which covered a number of fields. I had to work with all aspects of Sales, Production, Editorial and Administration departments which has given me a thorough understanding of the essential elements involved in compiling the publications to maximise our clients brands and to keep our readers up to date with educational editorial and trends. After selling the company to an Australian publishing company I returned to the Academy Group as I trusted they do what they say; not like a lot of publishing houses.

Currently, as the National Sales & Development Manager, I look after special projects within our publications, Advertising Agencies, and day to day Management of the Magazine and Corporate Marketing Sales team. So I have a position with huge variety which I thoroughly enjoy because I am able to help our clients meet their goals, because “OUR BUSINESS IS OUR CLIENTS SUCCESS”.

You can contact me at: clive@academy.net.nz

 

Jonathon Taylor

Editor

I joined the Academy ‘family’ as we like to call it as a junior reporter in late 2001. After cutting my teeth writing features, profiles, news and reviews, was made chief reporter a year later and began overseeing daily newsroom activities, while still writing for the publications.

In 2005 I became editor and now look after the entire editorial team and oversee all our publications’ content. In this day and age of mass communications our editorial philosophy is to give readers ‘information they can use,’ and the editorial direction for all our publications is based around this premise.

You can contact me at: editor@academy.net.nz

 

Jarred Shakespeare

Art Director/Production Manager

I joined the Academy team in 2010 after years of study in the Graphic/Interactive fields.

After years off creating adverts for our various magazine publications I quickly moved through the ranks to my current role as Art Director. In this role I am responsible for ensuring deadlines are met, and that we deliver a high quality final product to all our numerous clients.

Our talented Production team constantly produces work of high standards, and takes great pride in the work they produce. I enjoy working in the busy, fast paced and friendly environment that Academy is, and being involved in all processes right through to their finished form.

When I’m not in front of a computer, I like to spend time with my two daughters, wife, and pet dog Boomer!

You can contact me at: jarred@academy.net.nz

 

Seth Riley

Information Technology Manager

I have been with the Company since 2013 and manage our Information & Communications Technology. During my short tenure, I have implemented changes to ensure that all our Systems run smoothly and provide a great experience for our end users either on site, mobile, or from home.

Working for a large company with such a long and colorful history in the Country has been very challenging, yet rewarding and provides great job satisfaction. It has been a great pleasure to work with colleagues that have helped me grow both professionally and at a personal level. I learn something new every day.

When I’m not in front of a computer I like spending time with friends and family.

You can contact me at: seth@academy.net.nz