2012 Recipients

Frances Clayton

Frances graduated with a Master of Commerce in 2001 from the University of New South Wales, and received the Peter D Industrial Marketing Prize. She completed Bachelor of Arts – English Literature and Bachelor of Commerce – Marketing and Management from the University of Auckland in 2000.

With these qualifications Frances has risen to a number of top-level positions in advertising including Head of Strategy and Discovery at Publicis Mojo and Worldwide Director of Xploring at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. She has also lent her expertise to a number of industry events, with a stint as an Australian Effie Awards Judge 2012 and as a presenter at CAANZ/AUT Strategic Thinking 2012.

In the last ten years Frances has received a number of Effie Awards in Australia, USA and NZ. She is also a founding member, speaker and mentor of SheSays Australia, an organization running free mentorship and events to women in the creative and marketing businesses to encourage more women to make it to the top.


Sara-Jane Elika

In 2011 was admitted Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and in 2010 completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Ethnomusicology. She initially graduated from the University of Auckland in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts – Music.

Sara-Jane has held many roles including Operations Manager of Elika Sports-Athlete Management and Director of Sara-Jane Ltd, a consultancy she founded to advise music acts in the area of entertainment law,  event management and the development of business plans in the creative industry.

During 2006 and 2007 she was Production Manager for Sunday and 20/20, Production Assistant for Fair Go, Project and Event Manager for Parachute, Artistic Director of Niue Island Tourism Authority and Junior Legal Representative at Sinclair Black Entertainment Lawyers.

She has lectured and mentored at MAINZ Tai Poutini Polytechnic over last six years, mentored for NZ Music Commission from 2005-2011 and previously been a guest lecturer at the University of Auckland for the Centre for Pacific Studies and Unitec for Contemporary Music Studies.


Anna Gowan

Anna graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts – Film and Media Studies and Visual Culture in 2003. She completed her first teenage novel in 2007, the same year she took part in the New Zealand Society of Authors Mentorship Programme.

As an author of children’s and teen fiction including the popular, Hollie Chips, Anna has been awarded the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, Best First Book Award and Children’s Choice Award for the Junior Fiction category at the 2011 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.

Prior to being a published author Anna worked in publicity for TV2 and TV3.