Voice is a brand DEVELOPMENT agency dedicated to helping businesses find the answers to complicated problems.

We champion clarity and creativity with pragmatic problem solving.  Our driving philosophy since VOICE formed in 1993 is  based around a singular insight: ‘in a world where consumers are overwhelmed with choice, difference matters because difference sells’. Creating difference has helped us gain a reputation  for finding clarity for our clients and solving brand problems.

VOICE works alongside leading brands like Frucor, Oji Fibre  Solutions, formerly Carter Holt Harvey, O-I New Zealand and New Zealand Couriers.

Our early milestone of strategically repositioning  New Zealand’s tourism brand 100% PURE set us apart from competitors and charted our course. Over the years we have been trusted by the likes of Air New Zealand, AMP,  Farmers, Tourism Holdings and Vodafone to help transform their businesses.

With offices in Auckland and Melbourne,  VOICE’s depth of capability and experience in regional and global markets, coupled with our irrepressible passion for great work, is what separates us from the rest.




Jonathan Sagar

Executive Creative Director

With over two and a half decades of creative experience in leading agencies throughout Australasia and the UK, Jonathan has developed Voice from a one-man design agency to a creative consultancy with teams in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. Specialising in the development of sound and insightful brand strategies, Jonathan’s intuitive approach to business issues is sought after to provide clarity and directions to some of the country’s best loved brands. Undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest creative talents, Jonathon’s desire to challenge convention, steer conversations and lead problem solving has seen him establish industry trust and respect, and develop client relationships which have lasted over 20 years.

Neil Sparksman

Managing Director

Neil understands relationships – between agency and client, brands and consumers, and between strategy and creative execution. A driven problem solver and creative thinker, he leverages his thirty years’ experience in customer service to help serve up meaningful results for the Voice client portfolio. Neil joined Voice in 2003 and today he and Jonathan co lead the agency, continuing to keep the Voice proposition relevant, meaningful and compelling to businesses.

Sean McGarry

Creative Director

When it comes to commercial creativity and design, not many have the depth of pedigree that Sean has. 20+ years as a creative and business leader including 15 years as a director of one of Wellington’s best known design houses, being a fellow and past president of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) as well as judging in New Zealand’s prestigious design and print awards means Sean’s capability and experience is definitive and unarguable.

Manolo Garcia

Design Director

Originating from Seville, Spain, Manolo brings 20 years of international design experience to the team. Having spent the majority of his career developing stunning exhibition, cultural and didactic works for a number of Spain’s iconic cultural institutes, Manolo brings his aesthetic sensitivity and highly creative mindset into the commercial design field as our Design Director. Manolo’s exposure to cultural communications and their complexity combined with his experience with international creative teams means his influence on Voice’s creativity is leading and defining.

Jacqui Stevens

Business Director

One of New Zealand’s most experienced brand practitioners; Jacqui’s passion for the agency world is immediately visible. This passion, sustained throughout her 30 year career has seen her help business owners and the businesses they steward to thrive and grow within the powerful context of brand. A highly competent leader, years of being at the forefront of business means Jacqui’s advice always strengthens business position. High profile clients have chosen Jacqui to lead business critical projects, and high profile projects have succeeded due to Jacqui’s care, energy and transparency.

Adrienne Carlson

Strategy Director

A deeply experienced brand and marketing strategist, Adrienne has led teams to deliver insightful highly effective work in key global markets: Australasia, UK, Scandinavia, and across Asia. Recently returned to Australia, after almost a decade in senior executive roles in Hong Kong and China, during this time, Adrienne was responsible for the market entry strategy of Nike, the launch of MasterCard’s Priceless Campaign in China, repositioning PCCW Global, and leading brand and communications programs for a wide range of international brands; Samsung, P&G, HSBC and Shanghai Tower.

Adrienne will ensure that the value proposition clearly connects audience needs with your brand. And that robust, communication platforms are in place to operationalize the brand, so it comes to life at every audience touch-point, internally and externally. Her deep commercial experience means that the business context, and ROI are always a priority. 

Mark Hearne

Digital Director

Mark moved away from working in the advertising industry in the UK to focus on digital communications, he now leads a multi-skilled team of creatives and developers based in Christchurch delivering digital design and development services to a wide range of clients. Mark’s ability to communicate strongly across stakeholders, coordinate complex projects with diverse demands and obstacles and develop long term trusting relationships allows him to bring the most out of the people and the resources available. With experience and understanding of both the web development and business and marketing contexts, Mark brings knowledge, insight and a holistic approach to projects. He is trusted by clients as a partner in their business providing the innovation and assurance for their brands to succeed online.

Hannah Dear

Account Manager

As a graduate of Creative Advertising and Visual Arts, Hannah’s passion for the creative industry has propelled her into the vibrant Voice team. Hannah uses her writing talents and efficient work-style to deliver strong communication and clarity for our clients. Hannah’s high-energy and thirst for all-round excellence makes her an invaluable team member.

Matt Chinn

Graphic Designer

As a design graduate, Matt has been gaining valuable agency experience working with a diverse range of brands. Thriving in the intensity and pace of the Voice environment, Matt’s exacting and precise nature combined with his passion for producing refined and user-focused design sees him create strong communications for our clients.

Daisy Zou

Graphic Designer

Daisy started her design obsession at Auckland’s AUT University studying a graphic design and advertising degree. She then moved to Germany to the prestigious Koln International School of Design to further her skill and exposure developing a clean, contemporary approach to design. In Perth Australia, Daisy began her career gathering valuable experience in publication, client-side and agency-side environments, before making the definitive decision to follow her passion for brand and identity design. Voice met Daisy in early 2017, where her passion for brand and uncluttered aesthetic turned her into an immediate hire.

Sara Hearne

Creative and User Experience

From studying fine arts to working in information management, Sara has a strong focus on the end user and a passion for effective and affecting visual communication. With 14 year’s experience facilitating users’ access to information and their experience online Sara brings insight and strong direction to her role working alongside the client and the developer to hone relevant and engaging solutions in the digital medium. Sara’s creative, critical thinking brings a problem solving pragmatic approach, an artistic vision and a sense of humour to projects. 

Julie Sowter

Financial Controller

Over the past 20 years Julie has helped to nurture and grow a number of small businesses from infancy into some of the New Zealand’s leading companies. With a skill set spanning from general finance through to operations management, Julie successfully optimises performance across our complete business. Her passion for detail, financial acumen, HR and operations has ensured growth flows through to the bottom line while maintaining a special, sought after business culture.

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