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.

Makaela Smith

Account Manager

Originally from Christchurch, graduating with a Degree in Graphic Design and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Makaela relocated to Auckland in 2017 to look for a role with a great team with a passion for advertising and customer service. She found all of this with the team at Big Splash.

With an enthusiasm for great graphic design, advertising, a strong marketing background, and great people skills, she has a diverse suite of skills to tap into while working on your campaigns. Makaela can capably handle your advertising needs from proofing to design and more.

A passionate foodie, in the weekends you’ll find Makaela trying all the different restaurants and street food markets that Auckland has to offer!

Tash Smith

Executive Assistant

Tash's extensive background from budget airlines, through to operations management with VIP's and private jets, onto office management and recruitment, gives her a wide knowledge into many industries and all kinds of people. Tash commenced with our business in our Shortlisters team and has recently been appointed Executive Assistant to our CEO. She loves solving problems and helping others.

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.