YLG|FFR Auckland

Posted 14 July 2015.

The Comms Council Young Leadership Group, under the guidance of Marlen Smith, Comms Council Industry Development Director, have identified an essential need for the industry - to connect with and support new talent in order to ‘future proof’ the industry. The First Five Rungs is their project arm, under which the YLG members have committed their personal time, resource and support of one another to create initiatives to demonstrate how valued ‘newbies’ are to the advertising industry.

The YLG’s mission is:

“To engage, challenge and inspire the brightest young talent - the future of the advertising world.”

YLG|FFR Auckland Members:


Marlen Smith - Industry Development Director, Comms Council

Lloyd Thomason (Chair) - Strategist, FCB

Rebecca Dawson (Deputy Chair) - Account Manager, Mango Communications

Chloë Tonkin - Senior Account Manager, Mango Communications

Guy Perry - Creative, BC&F Dentsu

Harrison Stone - Account Coordinator, Colenso BBDO

Amy Willemse - Strategic Planner, Track NZ

Zoë MacDonald-Mair - Account Executive, Quantum Jump

Courtney Spillane - Account Executive, Wunderman Thompson

Chelsea Bostock - Business Coordinator, DDB

Jesse Knight - Senior Digital Associate, Carat

Bridget Welsh - Account Manager, OMD

Sarksia Melville - Studio Manager, KingSt Advertising