A DIVERSE TEAM

Thrive has built its PR and digital teams based on a diversity of both local and international industry talent. Our “corp-sumer” agency strength, uniquely merges consultants’ skills across corporate and brand communications.

 

So who are ‘Thrivers’?

We’re storytellers, innovators, creatives, digital explorers, challengers & data nerds. Expect to see us on dancefloors, 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 our agency definition:

“To grow vigorously, flourish and be successful.”

 

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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CLARE BASIRE
GENERAL MANAGER, SYDNEY

Clare is a results orientated marketing and communications specialist with experience working with leading global brands in Europe and across Australia and New Zealand. She spearheads Thrive’s Sydney office and team as General Manager.

Clare’s experience spans tourism, corporate, FMCG, telco, technology and lifestyle brands. Most recently, Clare has worked with a diverse array of brands to build their PR and communications strategies, including corporate clients such as Optus, Allianz and Bauer Media as well as Air New Zealand, Cisco, GoPro, ASUS, Twitter and Mitsubishi Electric, to name a few.

Through her work at leading Australian PR agencies over the past few years, she has earned a reputation for building successful teams and delivering superior results with award winning campaigns. 
 

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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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HEAD OF CORPORATE AND 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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LUCY FOX

Lucy has a decade of PR and publicity experience, working in house for some of New Zealand's leading TV broadcasters and agency side where she has crafted and led strategic PR campaigns and projects in the food, beauty, healthcare, tech and fashion spaces. A true consumer PR with ample corporate experience, she is based in New Zealand and leads Thrive's Auckland team.

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GROUP ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, NZ

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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DIANA PONG
APAC COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
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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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PETE FAIRBAIRN

 

Pete Fairbairn has been working in the sports media space since he joined Thrive in 2010 as a PR Assistant, going on to work for Eskander's Betstar as their first in-house PR manager. He then moved to the Melbourne Rebels as Media Manager, the sole Communications staff member in a city that wasn't exactly enamoured in Rugby Union; a great challenge which required creative thinking! 

 

Pete relocated to Sydney in late 2015 to work as Communications & Commercial Manager of The Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA), before boomeranging back to Thrive as the new Group Account Director (Sport) in 2020. Based in Brisbane, Pete is tasked with helping to grow Thrive's sports division alongside delivering excellence for current accounts.

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WANT TO BE

A THRIVER?

 

As Australasia's largest independent agency with more than fifty team members across five 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

Group Account Director - Consumer (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 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.

In addition, you 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.

It’s not hype. It's fact. Here are what Thrivers think, according to our recent company-wide survey: 

  • 100% of Thrivers are happy to call Thrive home

  • 98.5% are proud to call themselves Thrivers 

  • 98.5% recognise the collaborative spirit at Thrive

  • 94% feel that Thrive leaders have a sincere interest in them as individuals

 

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative GAD - in our MELBOURNE office. 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 are a media hound with a never give up attitude and you totally get off on flexing those creative muscles. 

To find out more about this role, click here.

Senior Account Manager / Account Director - Business (Syd/Melb)

  • AGILITY OF AN INDIE + RESOURCES OF A GLOBAL

  • PEOPLE-FIRST CULTURE + DREAM TEAM

  • WORK WITH THE MOST TALKED ABOUT LOCAL AND GLOBAL BRANDS

 

LOCATION: SYDNEY/MELBOURNE

 

This role is an opportunity to join Thrive’s Business, Purpose & Brand Reputation arm. You will partner with clients to help communicate strategic organisational narratives, aligned to business strategy, to build credibility and an understanding of an organisation. You will be purpose-driven and have a deep understanding of societal trends and movements to help organisations to contribute to public discourse in a meaningful way. 

We are looking for skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative SAM/AD - working in either our Sydney or Melbourne office. You are a team player, have a passion for purpose-led work; experience in protecting and promoting brand reputations; you are a media hound with a never give up attitude; and you totally get off on shaping brand story-telling. 

To find out more about this role, click here.

Account Manager (Brisbane)

 

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative AM - in our BRISBANE 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

 

To find out more about this role, click here.

Senior Account Executive / Account Executive (Brisbane)

 

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative SAE/AE - in our Brisbane 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

  • 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

To find out more about this role, click here.