We would like to introduce you to our team

With a combined 40 years of advertising, marketing and recruitment experience, the Big Splash team is a mix of talented individuals! We thought you might like to get to know us a little better.

Sharon Davies

Founding Director

Sharon believes in constant challenge and innovation. With a background in recruitment she was the original driving force behind the establishment of Big Splash in New Zealand and Australia. Her coalface experience means Sharon understands the business better than anyone, from graphic design, to media buying through to recruitment technology development.

A NZ Business Woman of the Year 2015 finalist, Sharon continues to strive for new and innovative solutions in the recruitment sector. Today, Sharon oversees global operations as well as managing ongoing business strategy and relationships with key accounts.

Dianne Bow

Operations Manager

With expertise in accounting and management of finances, Dianne oversees daily financial operation of the business. A key figure since Big Splash was founded in 2002, Dianne continues to manage and implement finance policy and procedure. She is also responsible for the effective implementation of business expansion.

Steve Ballantyne


Steve has a passion for innovative branding strategy. He is a highly acclaimed expert brand specialist involved with Big Splash at a strategic level. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, he is one of New Zealand’s leading B2B minds.

Lycan Wu


Lycan has been with our team for over 7 years and is critical to daily operations at Big Splash through supporting our account management team. He liaises with media, manages database updates so you can see all the latest media deals, he processes online bookings and is a general jack of all trades. He also supports our clients through our online chat function who have questions or just need a little help.

Karl Riesterer

Graphic Designer

If you love the way your ad looks, you can thank our Graphic Designer, Karl, whose knack and passion for layout ensures that anything with text in it comes alive when it leaves his desk. No one-trick pony, Karl is also an integral member of our Creative Services team, applying his branding nous to create custom-built graphics for cutting-edge marketing collateral and social media posts that pack a punch.

A Film and TV aficionado, you'll probably find Karl catching up on the latest releases when he's not at the office, revisiting old favourites like The Empire Strikes Back and Back to the Future, or spending time with friends and eating 'far too much.'

Joe Owen

Senior Account Manager

Joe is an experienced marketing consultant with over 5 years of Account Management experience in advertising and creative agencies. She has a particular passion for employer branding and working with businesses to map out long-term driven employer brand strategies. Joe works with businesses in a range of industries New Zealand wide.