Amy is one of the founders of Perception. She had over ten years leading Perception and one of its predecessors Carter Price Rennie Ltd. When working in the business she a had a significant portfolio of business and government clients, NGOs and charities. Her areas of strength are in community engagement, brand development and protection, internal and change communications and long-term stakeholder communication strategies. She has extensive networks in the South Island business community and strong relationships with the key decision makers in this market. Amy has been privileged to work with many iconic charities and she is further building on this experience in her role as the Establishment Chief Executive of the Christchurch Foundation.
In her role as Chair of Perception, Amy drives the strategic direction for the firm, and on occasion, provides peer review and assists with client activity where her expertise and experience is of value.
Rachel is a proud Cantabrian, returning home after 16 years living and working in Auckland. She is a natural people connector and specialises in project and change management. Drawing on her decades of experience in public relations, media, event management, marketing and business development, she delivers integrated and creative communications strategies with tangible outputs.
Rachel, amongst other industries, has worked within inbound and outbound tourism and in local government, in both Christchurch and Auckland. Over the past few years she has been contracted by Auckland Council and most recently Ports of Auckland.
Her wide-ranging repertoire also includes specialist knowledge and executive experience in leadership and staff development, media relations, corporate branding, M.I.C.E. (meetings, incentives, conferences and events), infrastructure and supply chain.
Chris spent the first 15 years of his career in elite sport management roles, where winning on the world stage carried the pressures of public profiles and high accountability. Drawing from these same skills he is a natural facilitator, drawing on a large range of techniques, enabling him to adapt to many and varying audiences.
Chris is aware that organisations are facing many changing external influences such as advancing technology, social change and environmental considerations. He also believes that a winning strategy is by far the main factor determining organisational success.
Chris is experienced in governance and business innovation and has worked at management and governance level in larger companies, mid-sized companies, digital start-ups and not-for-profits. He consults across a range of industries including health, insurance, finance, IT, property, veterinary, construction and the rural sector.
Virna is a passionate marketer who began her career in South Africa, gaining unparalleled experience in the retail space, and established herself in leadership roles as a respected marketing specialist.
Her love for New Zealand, and especially the All Blacks, brought her and her family to Christchurch a decade ago. She spent her first few years in senior marketing roles in the retail industry, where her vast knowledge and experience was highly regarded.
Her passion for tourism then took her on a five-year journey as head of marketing for a New Zealand owned hotel group. In keeping with her passion for travel, tourism, hospitality and retail, Virna went on to join Christchurch International Airport as Marketing Manager, Brand & Retail.
Haidee has more than two decades of communication, marketing, project and business management experience across a broad range of industries. She specialises in stakeholder engagement and internal communication.
She has an MBA from the University of Canterbury and is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified.
For the last seven years, Haidee has worked in communication and project management roles for Christchurch regeneration agencies and contractors. Roles have included strategic communications management, liaising with and briefing partnering organisations and leading, training and supporting contractors’ communication teams. She also project-managed the creation of a world-first, disaster recovery lessons learnt website for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT).
Jocelyn specialises in presentation skills and media training. A former journalist, she has taught communications skills at the NZ Broadcasting School, is a qualified speech teacher, and has worked in PR for over 10 years. Jocelyn works with small groups and individuals to hone their presentation skills. Previously with the communications team at the Canterbury District Health Board, she is ideally placed to help clients better understand and work with the media.
Suran is a leading expert on diversity and inclusion. Having built her reputation and career in the United Kingdom, she returned home to Christchurch in 2016.
Suran works with corporate and governmental organisations to engineer innovative solutions to their people challenges. She is passionate about inclusive leadership with a strategic focus on fostering authentic, happy and productive staff teams.
Suran has delivered keynotes, facilitated panels and hosted events for The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, (ALPMA), the New Zealand Law Group, Google, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Accenture, MI6, Goldman Sachs, the House of Commons and the Ministry of Defence, amongst many others.
An influential writer and speaker, with numerous awards under her belt, including a Rising Star CEO accolade in 2015, Suran was named the 10th most influential person in the United Kingdom on the Independent’s Rainbow List.