About Us

Ambitious Aotearoa is a digitally led, full service creative agency based in Wellington. We offer services ranging from visual identity design, website development and creative ideation through to media strategy, planning and buying services. The agency primarily services SME clients based in New Zealand offering a big agency level of expertise in a boutique agency format.

We’re a full service creative agency, born digital, creatively led and driven by results. We help New Zealand’s most ambitious companies bridge the gap between brands and people. 

Creatively led, but driven by research and strategy. Everything we do is driven by strategy and thinking for richer brand stories.

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The Team

Jamie

Creative Director

With more than 16 years of experience in the creative and communications industry, Jamie brings a true wealth of knowledge in branding and advertising to all of our projects. Jamie has held senior leadership roles in some of New Zealand's most prestigious agencies including Simpatico (formerly FCB Christchurch), Strategy and Harvey Cameron (formerly Saatchi & Saatchi Christchurch.) His experience spans such memorable brands as Heller's, Nando's, Coca Cola, Nissan and 
KFC alongside public sector work for The Ministry of Education, School Trustees Assoc., EQC and 
University Campaigns.

Chris

Senior Account director

Chris's career spans more than decade in senior client service roles for some of NZ's most prestigious agencies including FCB, Colenso BBDO, Clemenger BBDO and Special Group. He's worked on campaigns for BNZ, NZ Trade and Enterprise, Public Trust and The Department of Prime Minister to name just a few. When he's not spitting out briefs and wrangling project timelines for us, Chris can be found drawing or hanging out with his daughter.

John

senior art director

John and Jamie worked together for many years at Simpatico, Strategy and Harvey Cameron. After some much needed time apart, John joined Ambitious to rekindle their creative partnership that led to such memorable campaigns as the Leigh Hart ads for Hellers and Award Winning work for Tait Communications. 
John's been in senior creative roles for more than a quarter of a century with Agencies like Havas and The Campaign Palace.

Francesca

Copywriter

Francesca started her agency career during a brief stint in America, before returning home to New Zealand and joining our team. A skilled wordsmith, Francesca worked for many years in journalism and comms roles for govt agencies and in the education sector before turning her talents to copywriting. Francesca takes on a wide range of projects, from website copy to advertising creative. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys novel writing and playing tennis.

Katelyn

Designer

A graduate of Massey's College of Creative Arts, Katelyn has worked with a range of public and private sector brands, helping establish their visual identity. Katelyn has worked with such community-minded brands as the Billy Graham Foundation and the Masters Games. In the office, she uses her artistic talents to find the right visual solution to client problems. Outside the office, she’s a talented knitter, florist and gardener.

Art

UI/UX Designer

A graduate of Massey's College of Creative Arts, Katelyn has worked with a range of public and private sector brands, helping establish their visual identity. Katelyn has worked with such community-minded brands as the Billy Graham Foundation and the Masters Games. In the office, she uses her artistic talents to find the right visual solution to client problems. Outside the office, she’s a talented knitter, florist and gardener.

Jen

digital technologist

Nate helps us keep the work on track, assigning jobs and handling all sorts of odd jobs in the studio. If you don’t get your timesheets done, Nate’s the one to send you a strongly DM about it. Nate takes on a wide range of tasks from organising basic image and changes in client files to providing client service support when needed. He’s got a background in event management and when he’s not working on whatever task has been thrown at him in the last minute, Nate likes to be involved in the local Wellington music and improv scenes.

Katie

media specialist

Nate helps us keep the work on track, assigning jobs and handling all sorts of odd jobs in the studio. If you don’t get your timesheets done, Nate’s the one to send you a strongly DM about it. Nate takes on a wide range of tasks from organising basic image and changes in client files to providing client service support when needed. He’s got a background in event management and when he’s not working on whatever task has been thrown at him in the last minute, Nate likes to be involved in the local Wellington music and improv scenes.

Nate

Studio co-ordinator

Nate helps us keep the work on track, assigning jobs and handling all sorts of odd jobs in the studio. If you don’t get your timesheets done, Nate’s the one to send you a strongly DM about it. Nate takes on a wide range of tasks from organising basic image and changes in client files to providing client service support when needed. He’s got a background in event management and when he’s not working on whatever task has been thrown at him in the last minute, Nate likes to be involved in the local Wellington music and improv scenes.

Enough About Us, Let's Talk About You.

We put love back into digital. The world has changed, but people haven’t. We believe firmly that people are still motivated by connection, emotion and the yearning for great stories, it’s this ethos that drives us. Ready to find out more?
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