Meet the Team

Meet our Director, Jane Dodd


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Jane Dodd is one of New Zealand’s leading public relations practitioners. She hasover 20 years’ experience in PR and Communications and her work has been awarded 39 times in the NZ PR industry.

Jane’s experience spans across all areas of PR, from crisis and issues management to marketing communications and brand development and has been instrumental in achieving business objectives of major brands, including Wattie’s, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, ChildFund NZ and NZ Blood.

Jane constantly develops new approaches to PR that enable clients to build and protect their reputation and establish strong relationships with key influencers. She understands the unique needs of different audience groups, ensuring communications are relevant, credible and above all, impactful. Building mutually beneficial relationships and a genuine understanding between diverse groups is a hallmark of Jane’s approach to many successful partnerships, leading to long-term benefits for her clients and their associates.

Jane was previously the President of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and Dietitians NZ, the professional association for NZ Dietitians. She is a fellow of the College of Fellows for PRINZ and is a regular judge in their annual industry awards. 

 

Aakanksha Mehta - Account Manager

Aakanksha is an APR certified, senior communications consultant and has over a decade’s experience in leading marketing and corporate communications’ strategies, both in New Zealand and overseas.

She’s worked for global brands like Bank of America, Yellow New Zealand, National Geographic and FOX International among others.

She has a Six SIGMA Green Belt in communications and was a Women Achiever awardee at Bank of America where she worked as a Corporate Communications Manager.

She’s an ardent fan of Indian tea and likes to give back to the community through skills-based volunteering in her spare time.

Samantha Smith - Account Executive

While only beginning her career in PR, Sam has fallen in love with communications and relishes having the opportunity to deliver outstanding results for clients. 

She has a great flair for writing content, is a huge grammar nut and loves getting creative with PR strategies. 

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Unitec Institute of Technology, where she was a top student and has been welcomed back as a guest speaker, and had a paper published in the Unitec Undergraduate e-Journal, Puratoke.