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.

Joanna Baker

Group General Manager

Bosch, Laminex, Dulux, Nylex. They’re all household names - and partially thanks to Big Splash Global General Manager Joanna, who has used her extensive marketing skills to build an impressive CV and an even more impressive raft of brand recognition throughout her career.

Her involvement with Big Splash dates back to as early as 2009, when she managed our Australian branch for several years. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about our business.

She brings top-tier marketing intelligence to our team, helping us provide your company with the most innovative, compelling and successful strategies that the world of recruitment has to offer.

Kristy Berlic

Head of Creative Services

First there was a Photography course, then a Diploma of Graphic Design, then a Bachelor of Communication Design and with it, a lifelong pursuit. Innovative, passionate and with a serious flair for problem-solving, Kristy is our Head of Creative Services, and it's fair to say that creativity – and fantastic design – runs through her veins. Having joined us in 2010, her experience spans all areas of the business, which gives her a unique, 360-degree view of the Big Splash workflow - and also allows her to lead her Creative Services team with aplomb. Her particular interest in branding design sees her multiskilling across multiple media at the same time, bringing all of our big, bold and sometimes far-fetched ideas to life. So if you've got a creative quandary, Kristy's got it sorted.

When she's not at the office, Kristy is probably with friends and family; brunching, shopping, cooking (creatively!) or braving near-arctic Melbourne winters to cheer on her beloved Magpies.

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.

Cheyne Cleaver

Marketing Coordinator

Following his graduation from the University of Auckland majoring in Marketing and History, Cheyne joined the Big Splash team as our Marketing Coordinator. Involved with promotion strategy and execution, Cheyne also looks after social media and content related to the business.

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.

Sam Chalmers

Advertising Coordinator

Sam joins Big Splash as our NZ Advertising Coordinator. A recent design graduate, Sam brings with her experience as both a marketing coordinator and copywriter. Creativity is at the heart of all of Sam's work, so is always keen to generate and share ideas about what advertising avenues she thinks will be best for your employment campaigns.