2013 Recipients

Anna Chitty

Anna is a globally recognized senior media agency practitioner with a proven ability to deliver exceptional business results.Her main area of expertise is in managing new business projects and large business transitions around the use of media by organizations.

A highlight of her career was the key leadership role Anna took in PHD China’s high profile and successful pitch for Unilever in 2009/10. The largest media pitch ever held in China ($400 million-plus) Anna led the transition effort. Her work was from initial team development to a fully operational team structure across the account.

In 2010 Anna ranked as one of China’s Top 18 Best Performing Media Professionals. She then moved to New York and took on her next role – the transition of GlaxoSmithKline into PHD US – another $500 million monster! Anna strives for excellence in everything she does, she is an intelligent, fun, strong St Cuthbert’s girl with an infectious personality.


Philippa De Lacey

Philippa is the Executive Director of a leading television production company, Screentime NZ, which is responsible for high rating, hugely successful drama and factual entertainment. She was one of the youngest people in the industry to helm a major production company and take responsibility for the commissioning and development, creative and financial production, delivery and sales of Screentime NZ’s programmes.

Broadcasts and programmes which can be credited to Philippa and her team include Beyond the DarklandsThe Free Range Cook, Descent from Disaster and Police Ten 7.

Philippa and her team have won numerous awards, including five at the New Zealand Television Awards held in November 2012 for Siege. They have also won awards at the Best on the Box TV Guide Awards 2013 for Siege, Beyond the Darklands and Police Ten 7.

Philippa has to-date been responsible for over 300 hours of innovative, new local New Zealand content. She has striven for excellence in all areas of her career, producing television that not only has entertainment value, but community, educational and public worth as well. She is passionate about her industry and is on the board of the NZ Screen Production and Development Association and lobbies for local content and the right of television and film producers.


Sarah Townsend

Sarah is the founder of The Aromatherapy Company which was established in 1990. She has always been fascinated with nature and developed a passion for natural fragrance. So, when she studied Business Management in London during the 1980’s, she spent her weekends learning and investigating natural remedies and the healing properties that nature had to offer.

She was inspired by the concept of blending essential oils and natural therapies and the idea for The Aromatherapy Company was born. Her company was the first to create a body product without parabens, sulphates and artificial fragrances.

However, her belief in her product and her vision are only part of the story. The huge growth of her company is a testimony to her business acumen and her ability to build a great team and manage effective business relationships. She leads a team of over 80 staff based in Australia and New Zealand.  The company has grown into an internationally and nationally recognized brand now sold on all continents.