Drummers

We fill our building with people who are plugged into culture

Drum is full of thinkers, creators, storytellers and makers.

Our talent are a different breed and are trained in the arts of gaining and keeping an audience’s attention. We are advocates for your business and an extension of your team.

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Dallas Gurney

Managing Director

Every day at 6am Dallas says goodbye to his cats Ziggy and Chester and can be spotted striding up Queen Street from the ferry terminal listening to his favourite podcasts or 80s tunes. It’s this passion for 80s music that sees him trying to take over the DJ set at every work social function. Dallas does an incredible job at keeping the team motivated via an array of poorly thrown chocolate treats.

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Katie Walton

General Manager

Known for her calm nature, enthusiastic hand gestures, and extensive industry smarts, Katie has been with us for over ten years (ok there was a small break in the middle) and we don’t know what we would do without her. Katie has a wanderlust which takes her on amazing journeys around the globe but she’s equally happy at home with her partner and cats on idyllic Waiheke Island.

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Chris Lloyd

Head of Content and Social

Rural dweller, motorcyclist, boatie, optimist, father and increasingly creaky social sport participant. Whatever Chris is doing you can be pretty sure he’d rather be waterskiing. He is also locked into an ongoing battle of wits with his daughter’s goat, Nibbles, that he is not convinced he’s winning.

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Cassidy Meredith

Group Account Director

It might have been Cass who penned the saying ‘if you don’t have a competitive advantage you’re not competing.’ but then again we aren’t sure when he would have found time to put pen to paper in between furious sessions of touch, playing for multiple sports teams, his large extended family, and managing his strong-minded and passionate all female work team. Whoever it was, we are certain this phrase perfectly sums up Cassidy’s approach to everything he does.

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Aimee Nicholls

Group Account Director

This action woman knows how to get things done, if she’s not smashing out a killer presentation or jetting off to a client meeting across the ditch, she can be found listening to her favourite tunes on her way to an early morning pilates class or hovering around desks looking for treats to nibble on.

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Kate Gilbert

Senior Account Director

As a life enthusiast of all things sport, adventure and travel, Kate’s idea of ‘fun’ is quite different to most. Who else gets up at 5am for a short 15km run after being out with clients until early hours the night before? We all like to think we are getting fitter vicariously via Kate’s sporting challenges. This go-getter is always the first one in the team to offer a helping hand.

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Mikaila Hutchison

Senior Account Director

Quite frankly one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet, Miki backs up her warm friendly nature with a huge wealth of experience.  A boomerang baby, Miki’s returned to DRUM after a couple of years trying out the media-digital-programmatic side of life.  Hailing from Featherston, where she lives with her beautiful black lab, Nellie, Miki is frequently up in Auckland with the rest of the team and when she’s not travelling for work she’s whipping up delicious baking and planning her next trip to visit her new baby niece, Joanie, in LA.

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Melanie Chico

Content and Social Media Director

They say when you work hard in silence, your success will be your noise. Tactical, strategic and hands-on, Mel probably knows more about your personal social engagement levels than you do. A master content story teller, leave it to Mel and her team to teach you about the intricacies of social media better and faster. Oh, and her nails are always on point.

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Nicole Haysom

Account Director

Born and raised in the heart of Central Auckland, it is not surprising that Nicole’s favourite way to start the day is a walk up Mount Eden to take a look at some of the best views of Auckland. As one of the agencies strongest advocates of having your lunch away from your desk, this girl is always checking our DRUMMERS take care of our wellbeing to ensure we are killing it on all campaigns we work on. And it’s always handy to have a baker extraordinaire in the team.

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Sophie Pollard

Account Director

Public Relations guru SoPo is always up for trying something new and thinking outside the box. Having spent a fair amount of time in the UK, it’s not surprising that Soph is an avid music festival goer, most recently she jetted off to the states to see Queen B at Coachella. Being slightly vertically challenged doesn’t stop her from getting in the mosh pit and dancing the night away.

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Isaiah Tour

Content Producer

Isaiah brings our content to life and is involved from brief to finished product. It doesn’t matter if it’s video, motion graphics or animation -Isaiah can do it. When he is not creating for our clients he indulges in his passion for creating short films (check out A Life Like This, which has picked up by a number of Short Film Festivals). Isaiah is also DRUM famous for his infectious laugh, wearing shorts no matter what the weather, and having an apparently endless supply of lollies at his desk.

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Cleo Kranenburg

Senior Account Manager

Cleo is a skilled artist and brings a creative flair to all campaigns. Like most of our DRUMMERS, Cleo is a lover of exercise, sunshine, and coffee, making her the perfect team fit. Coconut milk cappuccino with cinnamon, anyone?

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Aimee Dykstra

Senior Account Manager

Putaruru is a small town in the Waikato, known internationally for its pristine Blue Spring water, trout fishing and most pointedly a Public Relations prodigy by the name of Aimee Dykstra. It turns out, you can take the girl out of the countryside, with Aimee previously living out her successful PR and agency career in Auckland and Wellington before landing back in the big smoke at DRUM. Being the modest country girl she is, Aimee isn’t one to brag but her team mates will happily boast about her sharp eye for detail and sophisticated writing skills.

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Amber Young

Senior Account Manager

Often described as the office entertainer or the girl who knows everyone, Amber is bound to put a smile on your face. Outside of work she’s busy buying tools she doesn’t know how to use and making amends to her recently bought home. Aside from this, her other passions include talking to people about baby boy Sika, AKA her Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Amber is an asset to any project she works on.

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Tanisha Chang

Account Manager

Orchestrating projects from start to finish T delivers outstanding results always with a hot chocolate in hand. Out of the office she can be found socialising with friends and dancing the night away. Passionate about wine, it’s not surprising her preferred holiday destinations include Italy and France.

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Brigitta Rennie

Account Manager

An event management supremo who manages to combine efficiency, attention to detail and focus with devotion, kindness and an easy going nature. Sources say Brigitta also has a great singing voice but since she is quite new to DRUM we are yet to hear it in full. A karaoke session won’t be far away.

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Wassila Abboud

Content & Partnerships Manager

Born and bred across the ditch in Sydney, Straya, Wassila made the move to Auckland for the hot chips and west coast sunsets. Out of the office, you’ll find Wassila in and amongst nature, whether it’s snowboarding in winter or swimming every morning before she starts her day in summer. In the between season, you’ll probably find her eating hot chips in her spare time.

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Liz Vaudrey

Social Media Manager

Don’t let her apparently quiet and reserved demeanour fool you. This style icon is meticulously observant, can read the room like no other and can cut to the heart of the matter with one perfectly timed comment. Her passion for fashion puts everyone’s wardrobe to shame, and keeps New Zealand’s online retail category in good health.

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Ashley Clasper

Senior Account Executive

Despite being one of the youngest DRUMMERS on the team, this girl always acts twice her age. Raised on a deer farm in Waiuku, Ashley feels most at home when she’s surrounded by animals. If she’s not spending time with her family, she has mostly likely got her head buried in a book or exploring the great outdoors.

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Gabby Hight

Senior Account Executive

There is much to be said about millennials, mostly by non-millennials looking for a word to summarise a younger person with too much energy, overzealous enthusiasm for life & travel and an unwavering passion for saving the planet one plastic bag at a time. Meet our millennial, Gabby Hight, a rising star and certainly one to watch. Gabby joined the team after a dedicated stint at university where she fell in love with the PR industry. Always one to stick her hand up to help, Gabby is a much loved and respected member of the team.

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Julianna Permitin

Senior Account Executive

Self-described as “grammatically and dramatically correct”, this budding socialite has truly embodied the work hard, play hard model. If she’s not blowing clients away with out of the box ideas, she’s probably in Ponsonby brunching with her gal pals or across the ditch in Sydney, chasing the latest alty-urban music festival.
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Summer Busch

Account Executive

A recent graduate, Summer is diving head first into her role as a PR guru and has the power suits to match. Summs is fun, confident, hilarious and loves a bit of G.O.S.S. In her spare time you’ll find her in the club, on the beach or featuring heavily on the gram.

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Amy Wang

Account Executive

When Amy started at DRUM she became the third person by that name to join the team. Faced with the possibility of becoming ‘new Amy’, she had to claim her position. Which she did, by proving she had more musical talent in one finger than all of us put together. Some people say she’s performed with Elton John, others say they think she’s been one of J-Lo’s back up dancers but Amy will just tell you she’s a local neighbourhood bar singer. So, when this modest Mozart isn’t out utilising her musical talents you’ll find her at the DRUM office, putting her other great talent and recently acquired PR university degree to good work.

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Tayla White

Account Executive

Tayla is passionate about living life to the full and is a strong believer in giving everything a go to the best of her ability. You’ll find her drinking coffee, cruising on the beach sunrise to sunset, or on the hockey pitch.

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