Our team

At Voice there is a ‘we minded’ approach to everything we do. We know our stuff and we enjoy doing what we do. We always remember that we’re working with you to build your brand, our approach is collaborative and inclusive. It’s our people that make Voice, Voice.

Jonathan Sagar


A leading brand specialist working with brands at the highest levels across Aotearoa and Australasia. Jonathan was a founding member of Brand By Voice and today continues to guide the agency today as one of the regions most innovative and respected brand consultancies.

With teams in Auckland and Melbourne specialising in the development of robust and insightful brand strategies, Jonathan’s leadership and intuitive approach to business issues are sought after to provide clarity and direction to some of our best loved brands. Thru his whanau Jonathan brings a unique perspective of biculturalism and has a strong commitment to Te Ao Māori values and our collective responsibility to Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

His desire to innovate, challenge convention and problem solve has seen him establish industry trust and respect and develop client relationships which have lasted over 35 years.

Mark Di Somma

Strategy Lead

Mark Di Somma helps senior decision makers, marketers and brand owners to reframe, redefine and articulate what makes their business, brands, culture and content competitive at critical moments of change.

For more than 20 years he’s worked with senior teams to identify how they set and achieve bold new goals. Powerful strategy he says is all about making the daring decisions that enable a business to change how it’s valued both by the people who buy its products, and by those who work so hard from the inside to bring the brand to life. Mark’s work has taken him from his base in New Zealand to projects in Australia, the UK, Malaysia, Europe and North America. In recent times, he’s tackled problems for Red Bull, Advantage Group, World of Wearable Arts, Lease Plan, Sydney Olympic Park, Vector, Intel Security, Z Energy and NZ Rugby amongst others.

Neil Sparksman

Managing Director

Neil is Ngati Kahu Whangaroa, Ngapuhi descent. 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.

Fiona Lopez

Client Director

Fiona joined the Voice team in June 2019. As a senior client director, Fiona has over 25 years experience delivering complex branding and marketing projects in both the UK and Australia.

She works closely and collaboratively with clients, using design thinking to help deliver results, build successful brands and help businesses communicate more effectively.

Richie Hartness

Design Director

It would be fair to say that branding is in Richie’s DNA. He has been designing, developing and delivering high profile, award winning brands for over 20 years in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

His down to earth personality and dry sense of humour bring a sense of levity to his work but when it comes to the nitty gritty of brand design he believes in beautiful design that’s relevant and communicates with clarity and purpose.

Julie Sowter

Financial Controller

Julie has helped to nurture and grow a number of small businesses from infancy into some of 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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