Chris is Provider Engagement Manager at ACC New Zealand.
He has worked 18+ years in various roles in marketing and communications across the United States and New Zealand, in the fields of electricity, major retail, space exploration, advertising, consumer electronics, legacy manufacturing, and branding.
Chris first moved to New Zealand in 1995 and graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in Modern Literature and Film Art.
Director of Communications
Kelsi has been working in the field of communications for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Communications and Marketing at Xerra Earth Observation Institute, a regional research institute using satellite data for environmental and human impact monitoring in Aotearoa.
In the past, Kelsi built out the communications portfolio at REANNZ, led the digital communications transformation at New Zealand Red Cross, and worked as Director of Photography on two documentary films. Kelsi moved to New Zealand in 2005 after earning a BA in psychology and fine arts at Stonehill College, just outside of Boston in the United States.
Director of Events
Arrun Soma is a born and bred Wellingtonian, who spent five years overseas living in Japan and the United Kingdom. Now back in Aotearoa’s capital city, Arrun is a communications professional working in the public service.
Arrun’s career is rooted in journalism: as a television reporter for TVNZ’s 1 News, and as a television producer in London at BBC World News.
Arrun’s spare time is spent dressing his pint-sized pooches in tacky dog outfits - including cable knits, tutus, and Christmas elf costumes.
Director of Certification
Jacqui is a senior communications professional, whose first and abiding love is all things internal communications. She has nearly 20 years’ experience, progressing from writing media releases about global property investment funds through to helping to launch a culture change programme in one of New Zealand’s largest corporates.
Jacqui has worked in the private sector, both central and local government, and a member organisation. She is currently at ACC, where she is helping them evaluate their internal communications channels.
Angela has worked in communications since 2005. Her love of variety and a new challenge have seen her work at a speedway, the Catholic Church, New Zealand Red Cross, the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
Currently, Angela is supporting MFAT’s cultural change work by providing communication management for its values project and Speak Up Safely programme. Angela has a Master of Arts degree in communication and diplomas in editing and freelance journalism.
Director of Finance
Julia is a Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor at ACC, working with business customers and all things workplace safety.
Having recently worked in engagement roles at Zealandia Te Mara a Tāne and Auckland Zoo, and as a researcher for Auckland University, she loves connecting people with the world around them and understanding what makes them tick. She graduated with Masters in Sociology and Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Outside of the office, Julia creates paper art by commission, and is learning Te Reo Māori—she’s always looking to practice her language skills over a coffee.
Director of Event Portfolio
Owen has been working in the communications and stakeholder engagement arena for just over a decade. He cut his teeth in the far more exciting than you’d expect world of Local Government and is a self-confessed local democracy nerd.
More recently he’s worked in Internal Communications at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and is now working as Stakeholder Engagement Advisor at Interislander as part of the iReX transformation programme team as they set to modernise the Cook Strait crossing experience.
Creative storytelling and connecting people to heart of issues and organisations is his passion, alongside building on his ever-growing collection of floral shirts.