Sandpiper Communications opens first New Zealand office

Sandpiper Communications has launched a New Zealand office, led by Sandpiper director of New Zealand and international media Ed Brewster.

Brewster will be supported by Julia Walker, Sandpiper’s director of ESG and sustainability, and Sandpiper COO, Kelly Johnston.

Ed Brewster

Brewster has worked in corporate affairs both in-house and agency side for 25 years across the technology, financial and infrastructure sectors. Until 2020, he led corporate affairs, public policy and media for Huawei in the UK, as well as managing international media relations for Huawei Group in London. Prior to this, he was head of global media relations for Prudential plc.

Walker has worked in finance, technology, ESG and international business and market development for 20 years. Based in Singapore for the past ten years, she drove the international market expansion for major multinational financial data company, Refinitiv, and provided advisory services on the changing business, regulatory, sustainability and technology landscape across Asia Pacific.

Johnston has had two decades of experience in strategic communications, financial communications public affairs and sustainability for organisations across a variety of sectors in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Brewster said: “We are excited by the possibilities of our New Zealand-based offering. As well as being the perfect base for our primary industries offering, we believe our experience can bring significant, tangible value to outward-looking New Zealand organisations across all sectors. Sandpiper’s established presence across Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Southeast Asia gives us a unique platform to help tell the stories of New Zealand companies to target growth and investment. While brand New Zealand is very strong, significant opportunities for local brands remain untapped, and we want to help close this gap.”

Walker commented: “Now is the time for New Zealand companies to unlock the opportunity that the transition to a low carbon and digital economy presents. Integrating climate risks and opportunities and understanding global regulatory and business environment changes will help position businesses for future success. Green finance is on the rise and many international investors are very keen to find opportunities in New Zealand. We believe, with our network and experience across the region, we are well placed to attract international investment.”

Johnston added: “The potential for New Zealand companies has never looked stronger, their entrepreneurial nature combined with brand New Zealand means there are real opportunities for growth and investment. I look forward to helping New Zealand organisations realise their ambitions, and further extending our primary industries experience to clients across the Asia Pacific region.”


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