A DIVERSE TEAM

Thrive has built its PR and digital teams based on a diversity of both local and international industry talent. We uniquely merge consultant skills across consumer, business, brand, reputation, and digital comms to deliver integrated campaigns that speak to a variety of audiences.

 

So who are ‘Thrivers’?

We’re storytellers, innovators, creatives, digital explorers, challengers & data nerds. Expect to see us on dance floors, sports fields, in theatre productions, and wrangling our kids, when we’re not working on client assignments or on the job at one of our five office locations.  

 

As a team, we live by the mantra of being:

“Limited by Nothing”

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KELLY STAMBANIS

GENERAL MANAGER AUSTRALASIA

A driven public relations professional with two decades of experience, Kelly is leader at Thrive having started with the business in 2000. Throughout her career she has directed some of Thrive’s most prestigious global accounts, devised and delivered stand-out client strategies and nurtured relationships between consulting teams and clients. With her ‘glass half full attitude’, Kelly’s creative approach ensures her clients receive the most effective campaign results. As a long-serving executive team member, Kelly has played a critical role in shaping Thrive and helping it become the success it is today. She took over the reigns as General Manager of the Melbourne office in July 2015, sits on the company’s national Executive Team and was most recently appointed to the role of General Manager (Australasia).

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LEILANI ABELS
MANAGING DIRECTOR AUSTRALASIA

Leilani is founder and MD of Thrive. She started the company at 25 and has built it to be one of the most successful independent PR agencies in Australia with established offices in Melbourne and Sydney and most recently Brisbane and Auckland. She has represented some of the world’s biggest brands and has devised strategic communications plans that have delivered great success to emerging companies. With an enviable network of influencers and in-depth local knowledge, her expertise lies in media communication and strategic planning.

 

“I’m proud of what we deliver at Thrive and I care about the results for our clients. Our Thrivers do their career-best work with us.”

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MYRNA VAN PELT
GENERAL MANAGER, SYDNEY

Most recently a Partner, SVP and Global Client Director for Fleishman Hillard in London, based in Amsterdam, with over 25 years’ communications experience, Myrna returned back to Australia in October 2021 to join Thrive PR as the GM for Sydney.

 

Underpinned by a focus on driving business impact, Myrna covers a span of strategic communications expertise across the technology, health and innovation sectors providing executive counsel, communications planning strategy, reputation management, brand storytelling, crisis and issues management, analyst relations, NGO communications programs, narrative and messaging architecture, as well as employee comms.

 

Myrna’s experience across the tech, health and innovation sectors includes Philips, Optus, Apple, Oracle, Veeam, Canon, as well as many emerging startups given her first passion for technology innovation.

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RACHEL WHITE

 

Rachel is a communications and marketing professional with more than 20 years experience, gained from both agency and in-house roles spanning corporate, consumer, technology, tourism and government sectors.

 

Rachel is Thrive's Head of Corporate and Brand Reputation.  In this role she is responsible for the direction and management of corporate and brand reputation services.

Rachel’s strength is  a combination of big brand and agency experience which translates to creative, strategic, insight-based communication aligned to clients’ business needs and contributing to their commercial outcomes.

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BUSINESS DIRECTOR - BUSINESS, PURPOSE & BRAND REPUTATION
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THOMAS SELBY
CREATIVE DIRECTOR AU+NZ

Tom brings 15+ years’ experience as a through-the-line advertising creative across Hong Kong and Sydney, and his work has been awarded at Cannes, AdFest and the Webbys.

As Creative Director for AU+NZ based in Sydney, Tom brings big idea thinking, deep strategic understanding and a desire to help Thrivers thrive, no matter what the brief.

 

He is also a strong believer in nurturing trusted client partnerships and ensuring quality through an obsessive attention to detail.

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SNEZNA KEREKOVIC

Snezna Kerekovic has over 25 years' experience developing and executing strategic and creative integrated communications campaigns for a diverse range of industries and clients. Her career has spanned journalism, PR and brand creator/marketer.

 

She has spent the bulk of her career working in the health and wellness space, first as the Managing Editor and Publisher of Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company - leading its esteemed stable of B2B magazines, and launching a health and beauty consumer magazine. During her tenure she became a much sought after and trusted voice for the industry.

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PEOPLE & CULTURE DIRECTOR
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ASHLEIGH McENANEY

Having spent her career telling stories, be it peoples or brands, Ashleigh’s become well-versed in the world of communications. With more than a decade’s experience as both a PR specialist and journalist, she has honed her craft, with proven expertise in both strategic consumer and corporate PR.

Based in New Zealand and leading Thrive's Auckland team, Ashleigh’s colourful career sees her well-connected in the industry with an innate understanding of what makes media tick. From FMCG, travel, healthcare, fashion and tech, Ashleigh’s creative thinking, strategic approach and attention to detail has seen her deliver clients outstanding results across media relations, influencer engagement, events, issues management and thought leadership.

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NZ LEAD

A veteran with over two decades of regional PR experience, Diana has been leading clients across sectors including technology, consumer, telecom, F&B  and healthcare. Employing a positive, collaborative and practical approach, Diana has a reputation for leading brands through transformation and growth to deliver tangible business outcomes. Diana has developed integrated strategies for B2B and B2C clients covering thought leadership, media and influencer engagement, event management, media training and issues and crisis management. Diana is part of Thrive’s Senior Leadership Team.

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APAC COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
NICOLE HAMILTON

 

Nicole is a big picture thinker who lives for collaboration and creative thinking.

 

Highly curious with international experience, Nicole is passionate about team leadership and developing talent, heading up Thrive's Melbourne office as General Manager.

 

With over 15 years experience under her belt, she's responsible for developing and executing strategic earned media campaigns which assist organisations and brands increase influence, enhance reputation and achieve strategic business objectives.

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GENERAL MANAGER, MELBOURNE
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LEE McLEAN

A native Queenslander and QUT graduate, Lee has been working in the communications industry for over 30 years in a range of roles throughout consultancies, corporations, and Government. 

First-hand experience advising clients through a range of issues and crisis situations led Lee to develop media training packages for all levels of spokespersons and stakeholder liaison employees. She has trained hundreds of spokespersons over the past 10 years.

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GENERAL MANAGER, QUEENSLAND
GEORGIA BAINBRIDGE

Georgia belongs to the “socially native” generation. As a creative thinker and marketing strategist for the past 15 years she has worked with some of the biggest brands in the market. She has led social campaigns and produced content for brands including ANZ, BP, Subaru, Officeworks and Mars to name a few. Georgia's strength lies in merging creativity, business objectives and insights. This approach ensures social media campaigns and content is designed to embed our clients’ brands and storytelling into contemporary culture across all channels. Georgia jointly leads Thrive Media, a collective of Australian and New Zealander specialist journalists, editors, creatives and content producers.

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BUSINESS DIRECTOR
INTEGRATION, CONTENT & SOCIAL
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CHRIS McGHEE

With more than 12 years’ experience working across both consumer and corporate PR, Chris specialises in challenging clients and consumers to deliver better, smarter marcomms results. Chris has worked extensively with global brands to drive market development through awareness raising campaigns across Europe, North America and the Middle East. Relocating to APAC in 2014, Chris has lead the PR for clients including DiDi, ASUS and Johnson & Johnson Pacific.

 

With a passion for innovation, Chris has built a specialism in the development of Digital PR strategy – blending PR and SEO to maximise ROI from comms and digital spend to deliver tangible and trackable business results.

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WANT TO BE

A THRIVER?

 

As Australasia's largest independent agency with more than eighty team members across six locations, Thrive builds roles for individuals and creates teams from diverse and sometimes unexpected backgrounds.

 

We combine the best agency attributes from the multinational and boutique agencies to create a unique culture at Thrive that accelerates careers, nurtures high performance, and encourages leadership at every level of our business.

 

We invest in our team, provide the resources to deliver career-best work and create opportunities that inspire the growth of our people.

 

To become a life-long friend and Thriver, contact us.

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Thrive has been inundated with client growth and new client opportunities which has led to continued growth of our five ANZ offices. This has resulted in a number of available positions listed below.

CURRENT

POSITIONS

Director: Social, Content, Digital (Sydney)

 

This is not your everyday opportunity. This is a chance to join Australasia’s fastest growing independent agency that always has, and always will, beat to its own drum. It’s an agency culture where our people and well-being arefront and centre. Where collaboration not competitiveness is part of our DNA. Where diversity equals belonging. Where you are limited by nothing.

If you are a born digital storyteller and love content and communications, this is a once in a lifetime chance to head up a growing and dynamic business leading all aspects of content development (including video, digital and social); content strategy; channel measurement; and production management in the PR industry. You will understand how to engage and grow audiences with an earned-first story-telling lens and amplification strategy across owned, social and paid channels. You live and breath content, production, social and how to connect with audiences.

You will lead a dozen-strong talented and collaborative team of videographers, producers, designers, animators and social strategists to ideate and successfully execute progressive integrated campaigns across a diverse portfolio of some the most loved and celebrated local and global brands. The role offers an opportunity to provide leadership across a broad range of verticals and industry-leading clients and responsibility for fostering and leading relationships with key client stakeholders.

You’ll be taught how to run a commercial business within a business by some of the country’s agency leaders.

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative senior leader with a genuine passion for growing brands and a desire to strengthen the branding and integrated communications of a stellar line up of clients. You are a team player, with strong strategic counsel capabilities alongside an attitude of rolling up your sleeves when needed. You have endless curiosity and a thirst for achieving and inspiring extraordinary everyday. You champion highly compelling and engaging digital content, driven by performance data to deliver strategic rollout.

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

  • Opportunity to work in any of our offices across AU & NZ

  • Work from anywhere in the world to visit family & friends

To find out more about this role, click here.

Finance Manager (Sydney)

 

Thrive PR, Australasia’s largest independent public relations agency, is seeking an inhouse Finance Manager to help the agency with its growth trajectory and expansion in the region. This is the perfect role for an experienced Finance professional to apply their accounting knowledge within a busy and professional environment.
 

Working in the public relations sector, an industry that is in high demand with long term opportunities, the Finance Manager will be eager to learn about the industry to assist in the delivery of global best practice standards and to assist the company to reach its short, mid and long-term financial goals. Day-to-day, the Finance Manager will be responsible for the implementation of commercial practices and strategies and plays a key role in the overall financial health of the agency and its six locations in Australia and New Zealand.


The Finance Manager is the go-to person for all Accounts and Finance matters, managing the day-to-day accounting operations; reporting; budget and forecasting; internal processes and controls.


Reports directly to the Finance Director.

If you’re looking for a different kind of agency experience, where culture and people come first, where leadership at all levels is encouraged, diversity is celebrated, and your personal development is as important as your professional achievements, then take a moment to learn a little more about our business and this position.

To find out more about this role, click here.

Consumer Group Account Director (Melbourne)

 

JOB SUMMARY

  • AGILITY OF AN INDIE + RESOURCES OF A GLOBAL AGENCY

  • PEOPLE-FIRST CULTURE

  • WORK WITH THE MOST TALKED ABOUT LOCAL AND GLOBAL BRANDS

This is not your everyday opportunity. This is a chance to join Australasia’s fastest growing independent agency that always has, and always will, beat to its own drum. It’s an agency culture where our people and well-being are front and centre. Where collaboration not competitiveness is part of our DNA. Where diversity equals belonging. Where you are limited by nothing.


If you are a born storyteller with a deep understanding and expertise in consumer PR, this is an opportunity designed for you. You will have the opportunity to bring your consumer expertise to life working on some of the most iconic consumer brands - locally and internationally. You will lead a talented and collaborative team working with some of the most loved and exciting brands, in an agency where the benefits of independence and the resources of the globals - full service content studio; creative team; finance team; dedicated Client Experience Manager, New Business Development Manager, People & Culture Director - come together.

 

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

  • Opportunity to work in any of our offices across AU & NZ

  • Work from anywhere in the world to visit family & friends


We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative senior leader with a genuine passion for growing brands and a desire to strengthen the branding and integrated communications of a stellar line up of clients. You are a team player, with strong strategic counsel capabilities alongside an attitude of rolling up your sleeves when needed. You have endless curiosity and a thirst for achieving and inspiring extraordinary every day. You champion highly compelling and engaging digital content, driven by performance data to deliver strategic rollout.

The Role
Thrive is looking for a dynamic Consumer Group Account Director with consumer public relations experience and a passion to create impactful campaigns.

Duties include

  • Manage a diverse and high profile consumer client portfolio

  • Manage and develop client relationships

  • Inspire and manage multidisciplinary teams

  • Lead consumer channel agnostic communication strategies

  • Oversee all client media communications for your clients

  • Media liaison and relationship building

  • New business development and growth

  • Drive best-in-class work across strategy, creative, and execution

  • Daily operational management of client and team portfolio including: project management; scoping; forecasting; capacity planning; invoicing; resource management; financial analysis and reporting

  • Team leadership focusing on mentoring and development, training and line management.

About you

  • 10+ years of industry PR experience, either in agency or in-house

  • Strong media network and relationships

  • A proven track record of client development resulting in annualised revenue increases

  • An experienced strategic thinker

  • Experienced manager of teams

  • Financially astute and comfortable in commercial conversations

  • Proven success in ‘closing’ conversations with clear actions and next steps

  • Experienced relationship builder both within and beyond the agency

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to lead and inspire their team

  • Proven success in building and sustaining long-term relationships internally and externally

  • Team player who is prepared to work collaboratively with others to generate the best outcome

  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to focus on priorities, solve problems, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines

  • Keep up with industry trends to promote innovative and creative solutions

  • Ambitious and driven to succeed

  • Accountable and drives accountability in others

  • Degree in related discipline or equivalent experience

To apply, please email a resume to: fly@thrivepr.com.au
All contact with Thrive will be treated confidentially. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Account Director (Melbourne)

 

JOB SUMMARY

  • AGILITY OF AN INDIE + RESOURCES OF A GLOBAL AGENCY

  • PEOPLE-FIRST CULTURE

  • WORK WITH THE MOST TALKED ABOUT LOCAL AND GLOBAL BRANDS

This is not your everyday opportunity. This is a chance to join Australasia’s fastest growing independent agency that always has, and always will, beat to its own drum. It’s an agency culture where our people and well-being are front and centre. Where collaboration not competitiveness is part of our DNA. Where diversity equals belonging. Where you are limited by nothing.


If you are a born storyteller with proven consumer PR experience in managing client relationships; delivering consumer media campaigns; maintaining and developing relationships with top-tier consumer and lifestyle media and influencers, thinking strategically and creatively on behalf of our clients, and the ability to work independently and as part of a close knit team.

 

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

  • Opportunity to work in any of our offices across AU & NZ

  • Work from anywhere in the world to visit family & friends


We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative Account Director with a genuine passion for growing brands and a desire to strengthen the branding and integrated communications of a stellar line up of clients. You are a team player, with strong strategic counsel capabilities alongside an attitude of rolling up your sleeves when needed. You have endless curiosity and a thirst for achieving and inspiring extraordinary every day.

About you

  • Tertiary qualified

  • 8+ years full time experience in PR agency &/or part inhouse

  • Must have intimate knowledge of the industries in which clients operate.

  • Is exceptionally well connected in media, PR and business circles and continues to build his/her network in the industry, with media (traditional and new), general business colleagues, suppliers, influencers, industry colleagues and others.

  • Strategically minded, critical thinker, constantly curious and with a solutions focused, positive attitude

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, with a calm demeanour and adaptability to manage the unexpected

  • Nothing gets past you - exceptional attention to detail

  • Someone who can roll up their sleeves and get stuff done

To apply, please email a resume to: fly@thrivepr.com.au
All contact with Thrive will be treated confidentially. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Senior Account Manager (Sydney)

This is not your everyday opportunity. This is a chance to join Australasia’s fastest growing independent agency that always has, and always will, beat to its own drum. It’s an agency culture where our people and well-being are front and centre. Where collaboration not competitiveness is part of our DNA. Where diversity equals belonging. Where you are limited by nothing.


If you are a born storyteller with proven consumer PR experience in managing client relationships; delivering consumer media campaigns; maintaining and developing relationships with top-tier consumer and lifestyle media and influencers, thinking strategically and creatively on behalf of our clients, and the ability to work independently and as part of a close knit team.

 

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

  • Opportunity to work in any of our offices

  • Work from anywhere for up to 4 weeks


We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative SAM who is keen to flex their PR muscles working on a diverse client portfolio in the travel/tourism, sports and consumer lifestyle sectors. You are a storyteller at heart; a media hound; a veracious pop culture enthusiast; and someone who has equal parts passion for working on consumer campaigns as protecting and promoting brand reputations.

The Role

Thrive is looking for a dynamic Senior Account Manager:

  • Work across a diverse and high profile client portfolio

  • Manage and develop client relationships

  • Work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams

  • Media strategy and relationship building

  • Generate media coverage for clients

  • Stake-holder engagement and management

  • Participate in new business pitches

  • Drive best-in-class work to our clients

  • Daily operational management of client and team portfolio including: project management; scoping; budgeting

  • Team leadership focusing on line management.

About you

  • 5+ years agency experience in the PR industry

  • Delivery of best practice media relations with integrated PR Activity

  • Experience delivering in a fast-paced environment and displaying logical thinking, forward planning and the ability to manage up and down

  • Solid corp-sumer  industry experience

  • Be a great storyteller with exceptional writing skills

  • An established network of relationships with media, influencers and key stakeholders

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Team time management and budget experience

  • Technology skills (MAC & Google Drive savvy)

  • Media measurement / evaluation skills

  • Tertiary qualifications

To apply, please email a resume to: fly@thrivepr.com.au
All contact with Thrive will be treated confidentially. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Account Manager (Melbourne)

This is not your everyday opportunity. This is a chance to join Australasia’s fastest growing independent agency that always has, and always will, beat to its own drum. It’s an agency culture where our people and well-being are front and centre. Where collaboration not competitiveness is part of our DNA. Where diversity equals belonging. Where you are limited by nothing.

 

In addition, you get to work with some of the most loved and exciting market-leading brands in the finance, retail and online app space, in an agency where the benefits of independence and the resources of the globals - full service content studio; creative team; finance team; dedicated Client Experience Manager, New Business Development Manager, People & Culture Director - come together.

 

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

  • Opportunity to work in any of our offices

  • Fabulous office space


We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative AM - in our MELBOURNE office. You are a team player, have a passion for pop culture; a thirst for learning to help you achieve extraordinary everyday; you are a media hound with a never give up attitude; and you totally get off on flexing those creative muscles.

The Role

Thrive is looking for a dynamic Account Manager with a passion to help create impactful campaigns.

  • Work across a diverse and high profile consumer client portfolio

  • Manage and develop client relationships

  • Work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams

  • Media relationship building

  • Generate media coverage for clients

  • Influencer strategy, engagement and relationship building

  • Participate in new business pitches

  • Drive best-in-class work to our clients

  • Daily operational management of client and team portfolio including: project management; scoping; budgeting

About you

  • 4+ years agency experience in the PR industry

  • Delivery of best practice media relations with integrated PR Activity

  • Experience delivering in a fast-paced environment and displaying logical thinking, forward planning and the ability to manage up and down

  • Solid industry experience

  • Be a great brand storyteller with exceptional writing skills

  • Experience in running innovative, integrated influencer programs

  • An established network of relationships with media, influencers and key stakeholders

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Team time management and budget experience

  • Technology skills (MAC & Google Drive savvy)

  • Media measurement / evaluation skills

  • Tertiary qualifications

To apply, please email a resume to: fly@thrivepr.com.au
All contact with Thrive will be treated confidentially. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Account Executive / Senior Account Executive (Brisbane)

This is not your everyday opportunity. This is a chance to join Australasia’s fastest growing independent agency that always has, and always will, beat its own drum, in an agency culture where your wellbeing is front and center. Where collaboration not competitiveness is part of our DNA. Where diversity equals belonging. Where you are limited by nothing.

This is a unique opportunity at an SAE/AE level to work across a small portfolio of premium brands in the automotive and consumer lifestyle space working on integrated campaigns across media relations, activations, influencer/social and sponsorships,

You will get to work with some of the most loved and exciting brands, in an agency where the benefits of independence and the resources of the globals - full service content studio; creative team; finance team; dedicated Client Experience Manager, New Business Development Manager, People & Culture Director - come together.

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

  • Opportunity to work in any of our offices

  • Work from anywhere for up to 4 weeks

 

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative SAE/AE for our Brisbane office. You are a team player, have a passion for pop culture; a thirst for learning to help you achieve extraordinary everyday; a media hound with a never give up attitude; and totally get off on flexing those creative muscles to deliver integrated communications magic.

The Role

  • Work across a diverse and high profile  client portfolio

  • Support  and develop client relationships

  • Work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams

  • Media relationship building and pitching

  • Media release writing

  • Generate media coverage for clients

  • Influencer engagement and relationship building

 

About you

  • 3+ years agency experience in the PR industry

  • Media relationship experience

  • Influencer relationship experience

  • Media writing and pitching experience

  • Technology skills (MAC & Google Drive savvy)

  • Media measurement / evaluation skills

  • Tertiary qualifications

To apply, please email a resume to: fly@thrivepr.com.au
All contact with Thrive will be treated confidentially. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.