At FitzBeck, your job is in the hands of senior communications practitioners who have an education background and are very familiar with the creative and production challenges involved. We have the capacity, skills and experience to handle any public sector communications, design or publishing project in-house: content, design and production.

We offer an integrated service, which allow jobs to be managed seamlessly from initial brief through to final delivery. This is much more convenient, efficient and cost-effective for those who work with us.

Here are some brief bios of our key team members.

Michael Fitzsimons – Project Manager, Publisher, Writer

Michael was the communications manager at NZQA during its first five years and has extensive experience in public sector communications both at a strategic and operational level.  He is experienced in all aspects of communications project management from planning through to production and distribution.  He has overseen the development of numerous major public sector publications and DVDs.  Michael has received a prestigious IABC Gold Quill for Excellence in Business Communications from the International Association of Business Communicators. With Nigel Beckford, he has co-written and published many publications, including illustrated histories of Maori and Pacific doctors and medical students.  He art-directed The Wellington Book and The NZ Book, which have been recognised with BEST Design Awards in 2011 and 2012. He has also written a history of St Patrick’s College, Wellington, Sectare Fidem.

Nigel Beckford – Project Manager, Publisher, Writer

Nigel has worked in public sector communications for 18 years. He is experienced at all facets of public sector communications planning, design and publishing.  He has overseen the production of numerous reports, publications, DVDs, websites, print materials and road shows and is used to working with government agency project teams to meet tight budgets and timelines. Nigel has written extensively about many aspects of New Zealand’s education and health sectors. He has co-authored three books on Pacific health and many publications exploring innovations and issues in education, career development and training. He is the co-author of the following best-selling books with Mike Fitzsimons: With A Passion, the Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary New Zealanders, You Don’t A Big Leap Without A Gulp: Finding The Courage to Change Careers and Live Again, The Wellington Book and The New Zealand Book. Nigel has won an International Gold Quill and a Kiwi Gold Quill for his business writing from the International Association of Business Communicators in San Francisco. In 2011 and 2012, he won a BEST award from the Design Institute of NZ for art direction. In 2013, he was a finalist in the Wellington Creative Gold awards for publishing.

Milton Bell – Designer

Milton has many years’ experience in advertising and graphic design and has worked extensively on design projects for the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, NZQA and Ako Aotearoa.  He has a reputation for design creativity and conscientious service delivery. Milton has tribal affiliations with Ngapuhi Nui and Te Atiawa and is highly experienced at creating publications and resources for Maori audiences and stakeholders.  Milton is very experienced in all aspects of graphic design – identities, infographics, book and brochure design, and advertising.

Vicky Robertson – Designer

Vicky is a senior graphic designer with a broad range of experience.  She has worked in the design industry since she graduated with a Diploma in Visual Communication and Design in 1993. Her clients have included the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Land Transport Safety Authority, Maritime Safety Authority, Student Job Search, the Dowse Museum and Te Papa.  Vicky has also worked in model-making and prop-making for Te Papa’s Whale Exhibition and Avatar. She has designed and created garments, and was a finalist for the World of Wearable Arts (WOW) in 2012 and 2013.

Wil McDonald – Web Design and Multimedia Production

Wil is a web and multimedia specialist with more than 10 years’ experience here and in the UK.  He is experienced in all facets of web design and development, including interactivity and social networking tools and animation.  Wil has created many specialised websites with tailored functionality to meet clients’ requirements, and he provides very practical hands-on training to ensure that clients can update their own sites with confidence. Recently he has worked on websites for the Ministry of Education’s Youth Guarantee initiative, and its Shaping Education website which provides regular post-earthquake updates for the Christchurch education sector.