Claire Hewitt has built a reputation for leading growth-focused development as a marketing communication and development expert in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. In particular, she has worked to realise new potential for value-aligned brands. These include New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, King’s College, Rialto Cinemas and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.
Claire's speciality is designing programmes that stimulate change. She has an MBA (Dist). majoring in marketing and encompassing sustainable marketing, project management, governance, entrepreneurship and arts management. ).
Claire is committed to supporting the growth of social enterprise in New Zealand. She was a founding Director of Social Enterprise Auckland, which supports Auckland’s social enterprises to transform communities and works to build capacity in the sector.
In addition to her professional work, Claire has been involved in a range of social initiatives. Claire loves an opportunity to help make a positive impact, from helping to establish the World Press Photograph Exhibition in Auckland, consulting for a variety of social enterprises in the UK, to serving as a director for the Rotary Club of Auckland. More recently, she has consulted for emerging companies such as the construction machinery sharing start-up, EquipmentShare as well as mentoring at Start-Up Weekend Auckland and for Ākina's Launchpad Work programme.
I help purpose-driven businesses unlock new ways and opportunities to make a social impact and ensure they are a force for good.
As a strategic thinker with natural creative ability, I enjoy working with businesses that are focused on a sustainable future helping to facilitate, develop and execute strategic communication plans that drive growth, enable connections and deliver impact to customers and communities.
Communication has been at the heart of my professional life for over 20 years and I love helping people and organisations find their voice and tell compelling stories. I ran an award winning marketing communications agency for 18 years leading marketing, brand building, reputation, stakeholder engagement, and communications strategy for local and global brands.
The lens we look through today shows that business needs to be a leader, to look after its people and help their communities. I’m here to help you navigate this journey in a thoughtful, considered and authentic manner that adds value to your business and benefits society.