Waikato Committee

Below you'll find information about the chairs and committee members in your wider geographic area.
If you are interested in joining your local committee please read the role description and contact the PRINZ Office.

Angela March, Co-chair

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Angela has spent most of her career in the fast-paced agency world in Auckland delivering high impact campaigns in a range of sectors including food & beverage, FMCG, lifestyle, health, not-for-profit, education, and events. She has worked on household name brands including My Food Bag, L’Oréal, Pepsi, Mountain Dew & V Energy.

Known for her creativity and strategic nous – Angela now runs her own consultancy helping businesses tell their story to the right audience.

As a digital native (who can still remember dial-up internet) Angela brings a fresh approach to client work – helping them connect in new and innovative ways. 

Lee Cowan, Co-chair


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With almost 20-years’ experience in communications and over ten in senior leadership, Lee has led some amazing teams through the fun and games of communication, marketing, design, internal, stakeholder, online and social media. Lee started out as an environmental scientist before falling into communications many years ago, loving the dynamic and diverse work of getting compelling messages to the right audience – often under pressure. She has worked at a variety of Councils across the country over the last ten years and in 2017 stepped out of local government and into the adventurous world of DairyNZ.

Heather Claycomb, APR, FPRINZ

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Heather founded HMC Communications in May 2004. She has a unique background in communications, marketing, sales and public relations with industries as diverse as telecommunications, agriculture and energy.

Born and educated in the United States, Heather earned her MBA from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) in 1992 after receiving a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Shippensburg University in 1990.

After several years working in sales and marketing with a division of Management Recruiters International (1993-1996), Heather established a marketing communications consultancy in Denver, Colorado. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1999. She earned the internationally-recognised Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2009.

In 2015, Heather was named Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and is the Waikato region's representative on the professional body's National Council.

Heather is on the board of Habitat for Humanity Central North Island and is also Chair of the Hamilton Science Awards Trust.

Julia Moore, APR

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Julia Moore has worked as a communications professional for nine years, across several sectors. She chose a career in PR after telling a local journalist far too much information while being interviewed as a Year 13 student for a story on the cost of school balls. It was from there that she discovered her passion for helping people to share their stories while understanding the importance of key messages and sticking to the brief.

Julia started her career in the dairy industry before moving into tourism where she spent five years telling some of New Zealand's most compelling stories to international media in the UK and South & South East Asia. Highlights included working on major television productions and hosting hundreds of international media in our backyard for press tips, major events and one-on-one hosting opportunities.

After moving back to her hometown of Hamilton, Julia spent time in the technology sector before moving into her current role as Senior Communications Advisor at the Wise Group, one of the largest providers of mental health and wellbeing services in New Zealand. Julia manages marketing and communications for two companies within the group and has a special interest in championing digital storytelling.

When she's not working you will find Julia on the lawn bowls green, with a glass of Marlborough Sav or exploring new places.

Kathryn Jenkin

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Kathy has a long-standing background in the health industry. She works at the Waikato District Health Board and her role covers a wide range of communication activities from project communications, media relations, brand management, event planning, consultation, recruitment marketing campaigns, risk management, incident management and change communications.

Outside of work, you can find Kathy at her favourite fishing spot, whether it be on a boat at Raglan where she lives or fly fishing in her other favourite spot, Tongariro.

Peta Goldsworthy, APR, FPRINZ

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Peta has a strong background in strategic communications with particular focus on stakeholder and external engagement; media; and issues, crisis and reputation management. She earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2011, and was made a Fellow of PRINZ in 2018.

Over her years in communications, Peta has held a series of communications and senior leadership roles at the University of Waikato, and was most recently a senior strategic adviser at HMC Communications. She is currently the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Waikato. She also has many years of media experience, including community newspaper editor roles, News Editor at the Waikato Times, and copy editor at Dow Jones Newswires in London. 

Peta is a proud product of the Waikato region. Following stints living overseas and in various cities in New Zealand, Peta is now based in Hamilton and is a strong supporter of the city and wider region.

Amy Mackay

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Amy has worked in both public and private sector marketing and communications covering traditional and digital for over 10 years.

With a keen interest in health, Amy’s enjoyed working in various PR roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand in mental health, social housing and now all facets of the sector at the Waikato District Health board. What brings her back to health? Supporting clinical professionals who make a real difference to people’s lives every day, it’s an inspiration.

In between her healthcare roles, Amy’s worked in private technology companies, Gallagher being one, specialising in marketing management for security software and location tracking services.

Outside of work you’ll find Amy travelling our beautiful country where she enjoys cruising our coastal lines in a classic car and spending quality time with whānau and friends.    

Vicki Jones

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Vicki Jones is a freelance marketing communications consultant, director of Dugmore Jones Ltd. She has a passion for brand strategy and marketing planning.

Before starting her business in 2017, Vicki spent 17 years with Hamilton-based Verdict Communications and, as the agency’s Account Director, oversaw many multi-faceted campaigns for leading organisations in the Waikato.

Much of Vicki’s experience is in the local government, education and agricultural sectors but she has enjoyed a wide portfolio of work with small to medium and not-for-profit businesses around the region.

Originally from the UK, Vicki has become a champion for the Waikato and the region’s vibrant marketing and communications scene.

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