Siobhan Waterhouse
Managing Director

Siobhan is a senior PR practitioner with 20 years experience in publicity; corporate, marketing and internal communications; events; digital and social media; issues management and crisis communications. 

For over a decade she has worked in New Zealand and Australia as a freelance strategic communications consultant and publicist for arts, entertainment, lifestyle and events clients and projects. Prior to that she worked in corporate and agency PR.                                                           

She was Auckland Arts Festival’s PR and Media Manager for the 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019 events, and managed publicity and social media for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Siobhan headed up the PR for the 2016 opening of Auckland’s $36m ASB Waterfront Theatre. She’s also a New Zealand consultant to Australian agencies IP Publicity and Rocket Comms, for whom her work has included three GABS Festivals, two recent visits by Professor Brian Cox, the NZ event in Bill Bryson’s 2019 international tour and two Sphero product launches. 

From 2007 to 2012 she was based in Sydney as a freelance arts publicist. Her clients included Sydney Opera House, Belvoir, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Shopfront Contemporary Arts, and the Blake Prize for Religious Art (2010 and 2011) among many others.

Since the early 2000s, Siobhan’s corporate PR and internal communications career has been built on roles at Lion Nathan NZ, IKEA Australia and TAB NZ, and agencies such as Spin Communications and Blackie McDonald in Australia, and Pead PR in New Zealand (Account Director - Events and Entertainment), in which she consulted to organisations that included Xbox, Samsung, Panasonic, Eden Park, eBay and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

She holds a BA in Sociology and Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma in Communications and PR, an ATCL Teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama, and Performer’s Certificate (Trinity College of London) in Cello.

While in Australia, she also completed a course in Multicultural Audience Professional Development through Kape Communications, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and RMIT. Her project, for which she achieved Distinction, was focused on building the Arabic-speaking audience at Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney.

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An iron fist in a velvet glove” - former client

 
 

Becky Erwood
Strategic & Creative Consultant

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Becky has twenty years’ experience, across the communications mix, in a range of sectors including food & drink, retail, apparel, luxury goods and travel.

Intellectually curious and creative, she uses insights and analysis to transform business objectives into creative communications strategies that re-position brands, generate advocacy and support the bottom line.

She has worked closely with boards and brand owners on communications strategies for some of NZ and the UK’s best loved brands. With a strong nose for a story and a contact book to back it up, Becky has landed high impact stories for clients across a broad spectrum of media.

In New Zealand, she lead Pead PR’s food, drink and lifestyle teams for a number of years before moving the role of Managing Director. She was instrumental in leading the agency into an integrated model, taking responsibility for redefining Pead PR’s marketing communications proposition and its creative output.

 

Vanessa Preston
Publicist

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Vanessa values strong and synergistic relationships with media and arts practitioners. She is currently Account Manager for Auckland Theatre Company and relishes this privilege of spreading the word about the big-hearted storytelling that New Zealand's pre-eminent professional theatre company has become known for.

For Mr Fahrenheit, she has also worked on Tauranga International Marathon, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Hill International Violin Competition and Auckland Theatre Company.

Having performed professionally with NZ Opera and in musical theatre for many years, Vanessa has a particular passion for theatre and the performing arts.

She was previously a Marketing Manager in the ticketing and non-profit industries, and thanks her lucky stars she has managed to end up wrangling a career that uses both of her degrees.

Miryam Jacobi
Publicist

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Miryam Jacobi is an actor, writer, producer and director based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since graduating Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama School in 2015, she’s been working across theatre & film, both as a performer and behind the scenes. She is the co-founder of Two One One Three Creatives, which produces video content alongside creative projects.

Miryam’s debut short film as writer-director Do You Like Me Like This? had its world premiere at the 2017 Show Me Shorts Film Festival, and has since played at the Hollywood Short Film Festival and Vail Film Festival in 2018. It is currently available on TVNZ On Demand here.

Miryam’s documentary, Disorder, was recently released online as part of The Outlook for Someday, and has received an overwhelming positive response in the social sphere.

Rachael Felt
Account Executive

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Rachael Felt is a public relations professional from upstate New York, passionate about performing arts and collaborative placemaking. She holds a BA in Dance and Public Relations from American University in Washington DC.

Classically trained in modern dance techniques, Rachael is no stranger to the stage. Her prior professional experience spans administrative coordination in a DC theatre to working publicity in New York City.

As a big-picture thinker with an eye for detail, Rachael is proficient in fostering media and client relationships through a creative and interpersonal lens. Her prior project-based work includes forwarding a book release, designing strategic communications campaigns, and grassroots outreach.

Upon relocating to New Zealand to be closer to family, Rachael is eager to navigate the flourishing arts scene, and she is thrilled to be part of the Mr Fahrenheit team!