This is us

We are picky about who we hire because we know that you will judge us on how we perform. So they have to be right.

Well, we know we’ve got it right - our team will also be your most valuable asset.

Tania Biddles

Managing Director Tania Biddles heads up the Q team. Having come from client side, her management and marketing experience includes leading a team with one of the world’s largest cosmetic companies. She has since worked in both the marketing and advertising worlds in Australia and New Zealand, and has overseen the delivery of all aspects of the New Zealand branding agency since 2004.

Tania’s best meetings start and finish with good coffee, and when she’s not running around after her ‘energetic’ young boys, she enjoys a little ‘me time’ at the gym.

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Mike Hutcheson

Mike works with our team and clients to support our strategic and creative delivery. Mike has had a phenomenal career, having co-founded Colenso BBDO and HKM, then working as the MD of Saatchi and Saatchi Auckland for many years.  He has started many of his own companies in the food and retail sector along the way, written books, had many TV appearances, been a professor at AUT, held several trustee positions and is an overall advocate for innovation and creativity in business in New Zealand

As I am sure you can see from Mike's resume, we are very privileged to have him on the team. When he's not working with us, and supporting New Zealand business, he loves being on his tractor at his property in Northland.

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Graydon Pieterse

Graydon heads up our creative team. With experience across branding, FMCG and shopper marketing, Graydon has worked in the creative departments of world-class digital, above the line, media and shopper marketing agencies in London, South Africa and New Zealand. Having worked across brands such as Vespa, Cadbury, Land Rover, Persil, and Kathmandu, he lives in the consumer marketing space.

And when it comes to Rugby, the All Blacks play second-fiddle to the Springboks - but don't worry, we keep him honest about that!

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Emma East

Emma is our Design Director. She has years of experience working across many industries from food, fashion and retail to finance, software, and charities. She designs with purpose and with an understanding of our clients that brings simplicity and functionality to every project. She knows creating a design aesthetic targeted to the appropriate audience in a way that is clear and engaging, is the truest way to develop a brand’s awareness. Her attention to detail, and pride taken in mastering her craft means there is not much she over looks or that escapes her eye.

Emma is always on the hunt for the next fabulous brunch or dinner spot. That, and cycling on the hills, meandering through art galleries, and reading crime thrillers, are the secrets to Emma’s happiness.

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Dayle Direen

Dayle is our Strategic Account Director with over 20years agency experience. Working across a range of clients including University of Canterbury, Cloudy Bay Wines, Matatiki Childrens Hospital, Word, Jazz & Cabaret Festivals she has overseen the delivery of multiple through-the-line campaigns and brand launches. Dayle works with some our biggest clients, and brings a positive and lively approach to everything she does.

You can find Dayle designing and sewing her own clothes on the weekend, taking her Doberman “Coal” for a walk and cooking for her family and friends.

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Zoe Robson

Zoe supports all our clients with the most phenomenal account management you will find. She has lived in the advertising world for the past seven years, so understands advertising strategy, media plans and specs like the back of her hand. She loves the fast paced world of agency life and relishes in the craziness - where two days are never the same. Aside from her amazing detail focused approach and seamless client communication, she loves all things social, being part of and creating beautiful ads that get results for clients.

And she can milk cows! A skill that wasn't on the job ad (!), but which she gained from growing up on a farm in South Otago. She loves a laugh, brunch and some bevvies - even better if they all combine.

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Laura Barker

Laura is our digital guru extraodinaire. Coming from a background in design, marketing, and brand management, she have a hawk-eye for detail, effective communication - always aiming to make a genuine difference and deliver results. As a creative thinker, she is strives for those light-bulb moments to generate outstanding digital content and campaigns for our clients.

Laura always arrives in the office with a coffee in hand, and why wouldn't you with three kids to juggle at home! She can be found at most of the kids sporting codes in the weekends, and definitely loves time out with her girlfriends, or searching the latest fashion stores.

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Georgia Ward

When you need a job managed in fine detail, Georgia is your perfect Account Manager (you can sometimes find her deep in a spreadsheet and even a colour-coded calendar!)  Having trained in Communications and PR she has since worked across a broad spectrum of marketing disciplines including media planning and in-house marketing for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Ngāi Tahu Property. We are lucky she is now back in client service on agency side where she is much more at home! 

Outside of work she loves to sew, and spend time in her ever-growing garden (both indoor and outdoor), hosting friends for a bevvy and a platter and is looking forward to getting the mountain bike back out for summer.

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Sam Stokes

Sam is a designer and illustrator, focusing on stunning design that is not only useful and effective. Following a Bachelor of Design degree with First Class Honours (yay Sam!) she has worked with a broad spectrum of clients on branding, packaging, print, digital, website and illustrative projects, and through USA, Sweden, Canada and NZ. She now works alongside the rest of our design team to bring magic to our clients brands.

Sam definitely has a passion for food and the outdoors. She loves trying new things both (in design and life), and on her days off she keeps herself busy with pottery, surfing and partner acrobatics.

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Kathryn McCurrie

Kathryn McCurrie is one of our Senior Designers. She has years of experience working across varied industries, but the thing that sets her apart, is her unique ability to understand the true outcome of design. She understands that design is about creating the right message, targeted to the appropriate audience, in a way they will understand and engage with. And she can make things 'pop' with 'wow' when she's asked.

She has two young children at home, so life can be pretty hectic outside the office.

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Joe Hill

Most of our clients don't realise how much someone like Joe adds to a creative team. He comes from a print and press background, so if you want to know what bleed, trim, colour saturation, dielines or spines mean, Joe knows about it. His attention to detail on large projects, and through the production process is second to none. Edinburgh, Scotland was a previous home for Joe, and his experience on Heineken in the UK has given a depth of knowledge we are very lucky to have.

But Joe has a secret not many would know about - he has two pugs at home (we haven't quite figured that out yet!). He also loves mountain biking & kayaking, and always has some sort of DIY or garden project on the go.

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Zoe Lawson-Densem

When you need a breathe of fresh air in the studio, you need an intern! Zoe started with us straight out of Graphic Design School as an intern, and after a couple of months we knew she had to become a permanent member of our team. Zoe embraces new technology and AI to make sure we are always challenging the way we do things, and bringing the best approach to our clients that we can - then she sparkles her design magic across it to complete the process.

When she's not on the computer in the office, she loves to dabbling in a bit of gaming at home - teaching us all about the world of Minecraft along the way!

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Kirsten Laurie

Kirsten is our administration guru and an indispensable part of our team. She keeps our team on the straight and narrow when it comes to paperwork, invoicing and paying the GST.
She brings an amazing smile to the office, whilst whizzing around sorting us all out – thanks Kirsten!

She brings an amazing smile to the office, whilst whizzing around sorting us all out - thanks Kirsten!

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Richie Biddles

Richie ensures our operational requirements run like clockwork. With many years of sales and business management experience, he works with our team to ensure communication is flowing, we have everything we need to do our jobs, and we all understand business operations at every level. He's also handy with anything DIY, so our office maintenance is always up to scratch!

And something you may not know about him. He is the lead driver of our Q Brand racing team - a truely classic 1970 Chevrolet Camaro.

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