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Executive Committee


President - NZ Community Newspapers Association

Simon Ellis

Managing Director PMP NZ Limited

A recent change, after being CEO of the Beacon Group for the last 5 years.

I come from a background of over 36 years in the newspaper/printing industry, starting out as Management/Marketing cadet with INL (now Fairfax) which covered working in many areas over 21 years with that group. In 2000 a move saw me join Wilson and Horton as GM of the Bay of Plenty Times, and then as Northern Regional Manager for APN. Over 11 years I worked both in NZ and in Australia on many projects for the group. In 2011 I joined Beacon Media Group as CEO, and as of June 2016 have taken up a new role as Managing Director of PMP NZ Limited.

My industry background includes being past President of the Printing Industries Auckland, a board member and past President of Printing Industries NZ ( now PrintNZ). In 2008 I was awarded Life Membership to Printing Industries NZ, and also hold Life Membership to the Te Rapa Badminton Club. In addition to representing C N A.


Gary Anderson

I have been in the media industry for about 46 years most of which have been in newspapers.

Fresh out of school in 1968 I started as a proof boy at The Christchurch Star, moved into sales in my early 20's.

From there I took up the position as Advertising Manager for the then NZ News Ltd' Canterbury Community Newspapers, became General Manager for a short time before buying a small community newspaper based in Picton.

After selling out in the mid 80's I moved back to Christchurch to take up the position of manager of the Christchurch Mid Week Mail, from there to South Island Manager of Circular Distributors Ltd which was purchased by PMP where I was appointed a NZ director.

From there I did a stint at NZ Post, help start up some community papers, then back to PMP before joining Allied Press Ltd as Canterbury Regional Manager where I am still working today.

Varied work with Allied has expanded my knowledge to television with CTV, I was on loan for a short time to Mainland Press as GM around the time of the earthquakes.

With the manager of the Hurunui News retiring, rather than replace I stepped in, the paper moved from fortnightly to weekly,  and is now in it's second year renamed 'The News”.

My working career has never strayed far from my passion community newspapers, and during that time have served over 15 years on the NZCNA executive committee.  


Allan Mortenson

Currently Managing Director of NorthSouth Multi Media, Allan has more than 50 years’ experience in the printing and publishing industry and brings  to the CNA, a wealth of knowledge along with a huge passion for the future of community newspapers.

He was part of the night newsroom and Father of the Chapel (union delegate) at the New Zealand Herald for 14 years, a position he held during the historic change from hot metal to the computerised production of newspapers.

He also developed and owned the Harness Racing publications The Right Track and yearling sales magazine, Winning Starts Here.

He is the founder of the community newspapers The Kaipara Lifestyler and the Mangawhai Focus, as well as the monthly regional farming papers, Northern Farming Lifestyles, Waikato Farming Lifestyles, Taranaki Farming Lifestyles and Manawatu Farming Lifestyles.


Emma Smith

Since I starting work at Times Newspapers Ltd in 2002, I’ve undertaken a number of roles across sales and editorial, in both print and digital form.  My current role is Distribution Manager and I am responsible for distribution of our two weekly community newspapers, two monthly magazines and six annual publications. Another part of my job is organising the annual Howick Santa Parade which

I’ve had under my wing for the past 10 years. As a major sponsor of the parade, Times Newspapers takes great pride in the huge part it plays in what is probably the district’s largest annual event – right at the heart of our circulation area. Due to my various roles I’ve learnt much about many aspects of the newspaper industry. It’s an exciting industry to be involved in, especially when it comes to community newspapers. 


 Stephen Douglas

Currently Managing Director of Waiuku Publishing Limited, which owns and runsthe multi award winning weekly community newspaper, The Post. It is based in Pukekohe and serves the Franklin and North Waikato areas.


Steve, an ex director of PWC, brings together a vast set of industry leading skills and experience in the innovation, systems, marketing, sales and technology sectors. As a director of PWC, Steve’s focus was on revenue enhancement and dynamic systems integration, which generated upwards of $100 million in additional revenue for his clients.


In the field of newspapers, Steve has a wealth of experience by having owned a number of publications. His knowledge of the entire industry including the design, and delivery of an award winning newspaper speaks for itself.


Steve’s real passion is in the area of innovation, where he constantly strives to innovate and create cutting edge, forward thinking applications for his clients and businesses who advertise with him.


Steve’s vast hands on knowledge of social media and digital advertising and applications places him in a solid position to help the industry grow and move forward.


His ability to see, understand and communicate complex industry scenarios in a manner that is easily understandable and makes him a very good guest speaker and industry educator.


 Robyn McLeod                                                                                                                   


Robyn has been in the newspaper advertising industry for a reasonable amount of time (20+ years)

 and has seen many changes. Started at the Bay of Plenty Times, spent some time at the 

South Coast Register, NSW and now the Whakatane Beacon. An exciting environment with

 a great mix of activities that suit her creative, administrative, strategic, people focused

 personality. How many jobs can you be writing a tiresome but necessary report one minute, winning a competitive advertising schedule the next and then spending time with clients and staff to achieve the best for all.....then back to another tiresome but necessary report. Summary: People are still the key. Not at work – you’ll see me in the garden, with family or trying to finish 

renovations on my home.


Charlotte Smulders                                                                             

As co-owner of Star Media with husband Pier, managing director Charlotte Smulders is 

part of a six-generation media and newspaper family.

She oversees the company’s four magazine titles – Christchurch lifestyle magazine Style, and national titles Kiwi Gardener, Kiwi Gardener Quarterly and Rugby News – as well as all marketing aspects of the business. Closely involved with content within the Star Media portfolio, Charlotte has been in media her entire marketing and management career in Australia for PMP, in the UK for Financial Times and Reed Elsevier, and in Auckland for ACP.

She is actively involved in fundraising events for various charities, including Starship Foundation, The Child Cancer Foundation and St George’s Cancer Care Centre, all of which are very close to her heart.