Meet the team

Catherine Jeffcoat (CJ) – co-ordinator and generalist. CJ started the Comms Co-op after her time as Communications Manager at the Sustainable Business Council. She takes a holistic view of sustainability communications, with a focus on building relationships for maximum reach. She has a deep understanding of the need for system change and the power of collective action. She has worked in the contexts of sustainability and climate change, child welfare and economic and productivity issues. More about Catherine

Beth Johnson – account manager. Beth is a marketing and communications professional with 20+ years’ experience working both agency and client side for brands such as Microsoft, Nokia and Vector. Beth helps businesses define their marketing and communication needs and works programmatically across all disciplines to deliver to plan. Beth builds relationships with stakeholders to deliver large scale programmes. Beth’s Linkedin profile.

Penny St John – government relations, communications strategy and delivery. Penny joined the Co-op after working at EECA on climate change communication and stakeholder relationships. She is interested in what motivates communities and businesses to respond to climate change and how that change can be supported by effective communication. Penny has also worked in communication management roles in health and as a journalist. Penny’s Linkedin profile.

Sarah Cull-Luketina – video production and writing. Sarah trained and worked as a scientist before completing a Masters in Science Communication majoring in factual and documentary filmmaking. She has worked on several international and local documentary series, and produced video and written content for several government departments and agencies – predominantly with a climate change and conservation focus. Her skills include shooting, editing, social media content creation, writing/researching and producing, and she can turn her hand to both visual and written storytelling. Sarah’s Linkedin profile.

Kirsten Taylor – Most recently, Kirsten was Sustainability Brewer at The Fermentist. She planned and created this sustainability-focussed brewery/brand, introduced New Zealand’s first carbonzero beer and led The Fermentist’s first sustainability report using Future-Fit sustainability benchmarking. Kirsten is passionate about sustainability and advocates for systemic change, collective action and meaningful business/community partnerships. In particular, she maintains long-term projects focussed on re-connection with nature can bring a wealth of benefits to both employees and businesses. Kirsten has a Masters in Sustainable Practice from the Ara Institute. Kirsten’s Linkedin profile.

Dee Warring – Dee is a digitally-savvy communications professional with a commitment to plain language and accessible online content, a love of storytelling and a talent for connecting ideas and people to deliver results. She has broad communications experience across the public and private sectors, with expertise in web content, editing, writing, publications management and creative projects. She has loads of initiative, always thinks strategically, and loves brainstorming solutions to gnarly problems. Dee’s Linkedin profile.

Stuart Attwood – Stuart is an international award-winning photographer with an emphasis on environmental/conservation and event photography. His work has appeared in multiple newspapers, magazines and reports. He also has 25 years’ experience in large scale digital asset management and image enhancement for demanding international clients. Stuart has studied ecology and is currently also involved with boots on the ground support to both local and national conservation efforts, complementing his communications work.

Stuart has also studied creative writing and writing for film and television. He currently writes articles to accompany his photographic work for various publications including Forest and Bird magazine. He is a member of Conservation Communicators Aotearoa, an organisation dedicated to telling the stories of Aotearoa’s natural world and the pressures it faces. Stuart’s photography portfolio | Linkedin profile.