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Andrea Kerekes
Andrea Kerekes
Co-founder

Andrea co-founded Access – now Access-DGC – in 2008 and has grown the business with her dedicated and dynamic team to now include some of the country’s leading brands and high-profile organisations as clients. She has more than 25 years’ experience in public relations, copywriting and journalism across both consumer and corporate areas, and is passionate about the agency’s singular purpose of helping clients succeed. In 2017, she formed a joint venture with New York agency DiGennaro Communications (DGC) where she is now based.

Nichola Patterson
Nichola Patterson
CEO

Nichola is one of Australia’s most respected PR executives with a 20-year background in journalism, copywriting and as founder and owner of her own successful PR agency Propeller PR, which she sold in 2016. Nichola brings a level of creativity and big picture, strategic thinking to the agency and her work has won numerous awards here and internationally, including the only Black Pencil for PR at D&AD in 2017.

Rachael Hoy
Rachael Hoy
Senior consultant

Rachael is a highly experienced and well-connected publicist and communications specialist. She has worked on a wide range of consumer, not-for-profit and business clients at the agency since first joining in 2012, including strategic PR campaign planning and implementation, media and blogger outreach, and event management.

Sarah Shields
Sarah Shields
Senior Consultant

Sarah is an exceptional publicist and communications strategist with strongly held media and influencer contacts that she has cultivated over her seven years with Access-DGC Sarah has successfully led some of the agency’s most high-profile work for clients like Barangaroo Delivery Authority, The Star, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Fairfax Events, Opera Australia, and oasis.com.

Fiona Wood
Fiona Wood
Senior Consultant

Fiona has more than 13 years of PR and marketing experience in both Australia and the UK specialising in media management, social media strategies, stakeholder engagement, risk management, and development of global strategies. Strong digital experience in agencies has seen Fiona develop a highly integrated approach between earned and owned media, bringing seamless solutions to consumer brands.

Simon Lloyd
Simon Lloyd
Director, Corporate

Simon is a highly respected former senior journalist and editor with BRW and The Australian Financial Review. He has extensive experience as a senior strategic communications and marketing consultant with major corporations, in particular, Sydney Airport where he is based. His specialties include stakeholder management, reputation management and corporate communications strategy.

Samantha DiGennaro
Samantha DiGennaro
Founder, CEO DGC

Since founding New York-based agency DGC in 2006, Sam’s energy, creativity and vision have driven the PR agency’s culture and set the tone for deep and longstanding client, press, industry and influencer relations.

Named a 2016 Top Woman in PR by PR News and a 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stevie Awards, her leadership has led to DGC’s placement on the INC 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies each of the past five years