Our Team

Let me introduce you to the team at Ark Advance. We have the luxury of client parking and a coffee machine that burbles away in the corner – both are at your disposal. Why not book a time to drop in for a chat?

Chris Price

General Manager

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Chris started the business back in November 2002 with a borrowed laptop and vision to help businesses sell their services and products online. The team to support this vision continues to grow, as does the opportunity itself. Chris came to New Zealand from the UK in 1986 after completing his training in Mechanical Engineering. He is married to Claire and has two teenage daughters. He enjoys meandering through the New Zealand bush by trail running and mountain biking.

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Nigel Lim

Website Optimisation Specialist

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Nigel is a former secondary school teacher with a passion for learning. He has a deep and varied interest in web technology and, in particular, how users interact with websites through the plethora of different modern devices and platforms. Nigel spends his summers fishing, kayaking and hiking, winters are spent snowboarding and watching the latest movies and tv shows.

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Sianthi Wimala

Account Manager

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Sianthi has a passion for campaigns that move brands and make people tick. Having had an agency and social media background she loves discovering her clients’ businesses and helping them achieve their goals. She dreams of having a beachfront home and 3 little puppies to crowd the house with. Outside of work you will find her walking the trails of Auckland, playing her weekly Badminton game or catching up with loved ones.

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Emma Pascoe

Content Creator

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Emma is a Graphic Design graduate who realised 75% of the way through her degree that she actually loves data. She came to Ark Advance for their tight knit team and ethical standpoint on digital marketing, but stayed for the tea and biscuit drawer. In her spare time she can be found walking her elderly border collie, learning how to embroider, or trying to emulate the dress sense of Mad Men’s Joan Harris.

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Tom Walter

Technical Campaign Manager

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With a background in literature and language study, Tom loves to apply his love of words and analysis to the data-driven realm of online marketing. He particularly enjoys trying to piece together users’ intentions through examining online behaviour and search terms, as well as the opportunity which the online marketing space offers to refine insights with measurable results. In his spare time he enjoys swimming in the sea, reading a good novel, and spending time with friends and family.

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John Varona

Technical Campaign Manager

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John is a Communications graduate, who has worked in different types of jobs from accounting to telecommunications. He went back to what piqued his interest in Uni, which was digital marketing. In his spare time you’ll find him trying to cook something new, playing tennis, but most of the time watching tennis.

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Michaela Mizal

Marketing Assistant

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Michaela is a marketing graduate who previously worked in operations but secretly loves copywriting. She would often work at the background with web developers to help create content for a website. You will find her awake at early hours writing a story, poem or a song in her blog, and reading, too! She dreams of having her own business and 5 kids to enjoy life with. Outside of work you will find her at the movie theatres, milk tea cafés, or any arcade centres.

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Nathan Wood

Technical Campaign Manager

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Nathan started at Ark as an intern when he was studying graphic design. He is now working full time as a Technical Campaign Manager and learning something new every day. He has a love for creativity and a growing interest in all things related to data. On the weekends you can find him at the local cinema or walking his two family dogs.

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Claire Price

Finance Manager

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Working part time as our Finance Manager from the start, Claire would describe her role as taking numbers on pieces of paper, rearranging them and putting them on different pieces of paper.

The intervening years have seen a natural progression to cloud based accounting, which, as a Piscean, suits Claire just fine. As she says, that’s where her head is usually anyway.

When not working as Finance Manager, Claire can be found juggling a variety of roles: Household CEO, Chief Teenage Negotiator, Creative Director, Dreamer.

 

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