Bridgette Smith has a background in communications. She is the Founder of Lassoo Media and PR. The Vice President of the Commercial Communications Council and Chairs the board of the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa. Bridgette believes that we must take care of our own backyard before we look off shore for doing social good. Aotearoa, New Zealand is so very fortunate and we should not have the problems of poverty and dis-engaged youth we do. Our rangatahi need us to help change the cycle and provide them the positive futures they deserve. Crescendo serves this purpose every day.
Mike has a unique background of close to 30 years in the communications agency combined with 35 years of entrepreneurial activity. Currently the Country Head for JCDecaux, the world's largest out of home media company, Mike has previously worked and run for the country's leading advertising and design agencies, as well as running a trans-tasman film production company. In addition to this Mike started his entrepreneurial passion at aged 16 when he started importing windsurfing equipment into NZ. With 3 years he became the second largest importer and this evolved into snowboards, wakeboards, headphones and skate brands. He also designed and established Red Bull Defiance - an adventure race held in Wanaka - and ran this for 5 years before selling this on.
Liz’s career expands across the media industry, as well as working at our national airline. Positions held at Air NZ were GM Customer, as well as living 2 ½ years in Los Angeles managing the Americas region. Her 20+ years in media included senior roles at MediaWorks, GM of MSN New Zealand, and various sales, marketing and television programming roles at TVNZ. Liz’s passion for music began in high school where she completed her LTCL Diploma in Singing. Supporting to grow Crescendo with helping develop our rangitahi through creative arts is something Liz is excited to be a part of. Liz is married and has a 17-year old daughter.
Damian is the current CEO of Recorded Music NZ, the industry organisation representing recording artists and record companies in New Zealand. In addition to advocating for the rights of its members, Recorded Music NZ also administer collective broadcast and public performance licensing, produce the annual Vodafone NZ Music Awards, the Official NZ Top40 Charts, the NZ Music Hall of Fame and administer a Music Grants programme for educational and/or charitable music projects.
Juan is a qualified accountant and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand organisation. Juan has almost 30 years commercial accounting experience, currently working for Fonterra as a senior Commercial Manager having worked for a number of large FMCG companies during his career. Juan supports the Crescendo trust as treasurer; he is related to Marcus Powell, considering him as a brother but technically an uncle, despite Marcus being younger. Juan interests include off road motorcycling, V8’s and any most form of motorsports as well as a staunch supporter of the All Blacks and NZ rugby. Juan is married with a 17 year old son.
Suzanna is the Platform Director of Circular Cities Asia, an innovation and knowledge platform fostering entrepreneurship that makes our urban spaces more circular. Based in Singapore, she is also a Global Fellow of the Moving Worlds Institute. Suzanna has an MA (Distinction) in Philanthropic Studies and is an Associate Practitioner of Social Value and Social Return on Investment. Most recently, Suzanna has been working with capacity building organisations and is passionate about helping social leaders to communicate their impact and build productive, strategic partnerships with the corporate sector.
Craig Spillane is the owner and Managing Director of a successful accredited Media Agency, Bullseye Media Ltd. Bullseye Media launched in 1997 and has been responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of media for a number of local and international brands including Sony PlayStation, Absolut, C4 Music Television, Warner Music, JB HiFi, Yamaha and Lighting Direct. He is also a shareholder for a large family businesses XPO Exhibitions and sits on the Commercial Communications Council’s Media Committee representing Independent Media Agencies. He is keen to assist the Crescendo Trust mentor programme and those young people it supports. To make a difference by assisting the trust’s work for productive and engaged creative pathways for positive change.
Richard is a Lancashire lad who arrived in Aotearoa with his Libyan partner in early 2020. Richard has dedicated 20 years to entrepreneurship and enterprise as practice. He is a qualified coach, an MBA, Law and International Politics graduate. He has founded impactful enterprises, directed others as CEO, contributed entrepreneurially in government, and as a trusted adviser for international organisations, including the EU and UN. He is Innovation Investment Management for Auckland Council’s Community and Social Innovation Unit. Richard is a board member of Westpac’s Innovation Fund with the NZ Government, an industry advisor for AUT’s Law and Business School, and a passionate advocate for Crescendo’s mission and kaupapa.