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 consultants’ 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 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.”

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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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GROUP ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

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

Office Coordinator (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 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 in a dynamic and fast-paced environment alongside an incredibly collaborative and supportive team.

We are seeking an experienced Office Coordinator, located in our Sydney office.  This role presents a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the smooth running of our Sydney office while providing administration support across our various office locations.

The Office Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Sydney, Brisbane and Perth teams in the overall efficient running of those offices, along with supporting the Australasian General Manager with key national administration and operational requirements of the business.

An optimistic team approach, energy and the ability to multitask, as well as being able to think commercially and practically, will see you succeed in this role. Operating in a public relations agency also requires the candidate to have excellent communication skills and the ability to nurture relationships with colleagues and suppliers – essential ingredients for the successful implementation of improved processes across the business.

We value work life integration and offer:

  • Hybrid flexible working

  • An additional annual leave wellness day

  • Comprehensive Learning & Development program

To find out more about this role, click here.

Senior Account Executive/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 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/AM 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.

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative SAE/AM. 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.

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.

To find out more about this role, click here.

Group Account Director - Sport (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.

This is a unique specialist role leading teams across a portfolio of dynamic clients, with a sports skew, and with the opportunity to lead on consumer lifestyle brands and corporate work, while being fully supported by a full service content studio, creative team, finance team, dedicated Client Experience Manager, New Business Development Manager, People & Culture Director.

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, well connected and collaborative GAD with a love of sports and a proven track record in this field. 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.

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

To find out more about this role, click here.