OUR AMAZING TEAM
Olivia is a pleasure to be around. She is motivated, intelligent and has a real talent for translating her understanding of client needs and marketing knowledge into coherent and easy to understand strategies. What’s more, her approach is genuine and client centric. Starting her career as a restaurant manager she completed a diploma in business and moved into sales and account management. A talented sportswomen she is rapidly working her way up the South Island MotorCross rankings. We’re all just waiting for her to win something so we can travel overseas with her as cling-ons.
WEBSITE & WEB APP DEVELOPER
Jeffrey is a motivated, young IT professional who has a passion for programming, web design, and web development. Introduced to web technologies at an early age, Jeffrey has worked with a wide range of web technologies on a great variety of projects including: online shops, mobile apps, web applications, and a great many websites. Jeffrey also has a personal passion for Music and acting appearing frequently on stage in local musical productions – the last being The Phantom of the Opera.
NON EXEC DIRECTOR.
Jemmah is an Operations expert and globally experienced Occupational Therapist. Her experience as a lecturer, private contractor, and business manager across the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand provides an invaluable perspective at board level in the overall management of Punch Marketing. As long as she doesn’t leave the handbrake on when driving she is always extremely punctual too.
James has an eclectic diversity of experience in fields that include digital marketing, finance, operations management, learning and development, business management and the arts. To round this out he also has a first class honours degree in Historical & Critical Study of Religion (from a sociological and political perspective). His academic passion lies with the exploration of what has shaped and influenced society throughout history. Combining this interest in the mechanics of society with his career experience, James founded Punch Marketing. His focus was based on a determination to deliver practical solutions that drive results. In 2013 a er recognising there was a severe lack of understanding and implementation of SEO and Google for business opportunities in Dunedin, James engaged SEO as a core focus to his business, with a growing number of re-seller partners operating nationally and in Australia. James is also a singer, songwriter and drummer, most recently playing both solo and with bands ‘Rusty Pilot’ and ‘Koputai People’s Party’. In the mid nineties James was also a member of a band called ‘Fold’ that gained some local popularity, but nevertheless washed him up bedraggled on the well populated ‘has nearly been’ beach. Thinks he’s quite funny but in truth, isn’t. O en poorly attempts to chime in on banter in the o ice – usually with stories he has already told.
Nicole has been working in the design industry for over 18 years both here and in London. She has an international track record of Product, Graphics, Exhibition and 3D design for some major global corporations such as Morphy Richards, KP Snacks, Glen Dimplex, Ecsea and Spazio Casa to name but a few. Nicole commenced her career in London, England and has traveled to New York, Paris and Sydney where she has adapted her approach to design and subsequently developed a stunning portfolio. Her approach to design is elegant and considered, and remains adaptable for print, product, exhibition and online media. An encyclopedia of British accents most of the time we don’t know what she is talking about… we just nod and agree.
Molly has a talented and creative marketing mind. She is currently completing the final year of her Marketing and Communications degree at Otago University and has been a member of the Punch team from the very beginning. Her skill set has grown exponentially and she is now a superb website builder, Local SEO expert and fully certified Google Adwords specialist. Surprisingly, given that she hails from the Hutt Valley, Molly is not into drag racing or drinking straight whiskey. Although, as a student she has injured herself more times than she has called in sick.
DESIGNER & WEB BUILDER
Jason is a multitalented alphamale – almost. Not only is he an incredible designer, he’s also a well reknown artist with commission work requests backed up like Auckland trffic. Jason has 25 years experience in design and branding. He has won a number of national ‘Pride in Print’ awards and is responsible for creating some really well know local brands like Ryder Consultants, O’Brien Group, Luna and Metalon. He runs and cycles around nearly the entire South Island every weekend, and surfs up a storm in his downtime. Best of all, he has more stories to tell than Hans Christian Anderson… much to the constant amusement of us all in the office.
DIRECTOR & PROJECT MANAGER
Jude is a qualified project manager and has 27 years’ experience in the IT Sector managing people of various personalities and skills, valuable attributes when managing diverse clients and staff . She is a great listener and has demonstrated success in bringing together and managing diverse teams of service delivery, technical and finance which subsequently as lead to great outcomes for the customer. Having worked on numerous projects across multiple industry sectors such as Retail, Education, Transport & Logistics, Health and Finance, she also brings a wealth of Industry experience. Her experience means that she is perfectly positioned as a Project Manager, someone to plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of a specific project. Throughout her career in the IT Sector she has seen many projects succeed and fail due to a multitude of reasons, this is all experience that she applies to her role as a Project Manager. Someone that has a competitive nature, Jude’s greatest enjoyment is beating her husband at golf, something she is relatively successful at.
FROM OUR FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR JAMES HIGGS:
“I started Punch Marketing because I wanted to help businesses punch above their weight. I felt that the marketing services I was often contracting in were not the full quid….that there was a more holistic approach needed. Yes, marketing is about a business looking good, absolutely. But is also about making cost effective decisions that truly reflect the needs and realistic goals of a business. Multinational big budget marketing strategies just don’t work for smaller companies. My background in learning and development taught me how to listen to individual, team and business issues so that I could put training solutions into place. These solutions had to be easy to understand and cost effective to implement, otherwise they just wouldn’t get buy-in or follow through. I love talking to businesses, finding out what makes them unique and helping them achieve their goals. Technology is great but it is definitely people that make businesses successful. I’m enjoying watching technological advances and the sharing of information bring people together; and for the businesses that genuinely care about their service and their clients, the internet is magnifying their message….and significantly for those that work at it.”
Jimmy has a broad background in Marketing, Organisational Strategy, Management, Learning & Development, Financial Services and Sales. Having spent over 10years in management roles in 4 different countries he knows what it takes to do business in both large corporations and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).