How we add value

It all starts with having a purpose. And ours is simple. Just three words: "Smarter business outcomes". This is the phrase that drives us to to do better.

Working across strategy, marketing, creative, digital and other channels, we have the horsepower available for those quick wins and the specialist skills to execute the bigger picture to deliver smarter business outcomes.

Meet our key contacts

With nearly 40 dedicated specialists in our crew, it's impossible to introduce every single person here. However when you come in to say ‘Hi’, we’ll introduce you to the rest of us.

John Plato

John Plato Managing Partner

The entrepreneurial figure behind the conception of Plato Creative, John knows how to get a start up business off the ground and thriving. He has guided the business into a space that focuses on a collaborative and mutually rewarding partnership for our clients. John is always keen to get a round of golf in, and is open to more time talking shop on the greens.

Lisa Plato

Lisa Plato Managing Partner

Lisa thrives on finding strategies and delivering the solutions to develop her clients’ brands. Lisa is constantly working to help her clients explore and capitalise on the opportunities in front of them. She’s got a sharp eye for detail and knows what it takes to develop a thriving business.

Richie Connell

Richie Connell Client Partner

Following a number of years in the international world of brand and business strategy, Richie now leads many of our key client relationships. It’s that drive for variety that has led Richie to build up a strong repertoire of experience with globally recognised brands. Along with constant, unprompted demonstrations of his musical prowess.

Toby Blackler

Toby Blackler Creative Partner

Working collaboratively with his team and clients to bring a big idea to life is what gets Toby ticking. With over a decade in the industry he’s got heaps of global brand experience, taking his concepts to the next level and gaining recognition with numerous awards to his name. Toby leads our creative team, ensuring the conceptual and creative work our agency does is top of the line.

Mike Walker

Mike Walker Digital Partner

Mike may be an old dog in the web industry, but he’s got tons of new tricks when it comes to digital strategy. He’s passionate about creating digital work that stands alone in solving problems and exceeding projected outcomes for clients. Mike’s a good guy to have on your team. We’re pretty happy he’s on ours.

Phil Shearing

Phil Shearing Client Services Lead

Family man, craft beer enthusiast and bike nut, Phil compares his style to that of Han Solo - not quite a Jedi. Phil is about securing wins for the team without flashy moves. He is genuinely interested in companies and figuring out how to improve their performance and he's keen to lift the capabilities of his team to deliver outstanding results.

Working at Plato

Here are a few reasons why working at Plato sucks less.

United we stand, divided we fall.
And we choose not to fall.
Everyone is treated as equals. #onecrew

Annual awards, like the all expenses paid tropical holiday worth 10 big ones.

Make stuff that works, for clients that care.
And get paid for it.

Monthly celebrations with lots of sausage rolls.

Free monthly team lunches at your choice of venue.

A clear career path, with stacks of training and development.

A kick-arse social club with lots of cool outings.

Free drinks, including beer. (Good beer, like Stoke!)

Play pool, Playstation or ping pong without leaving the office.

Creating goodness in the south island’s largest creative studio.

Interested in joining our team?

Our clients

Many of our client relationships have been built upon years of working together and sharing success. Here's a snapshot of just some of the clients we work with

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Industry Recognition

As a Marketing Agency focused upon smarter business outcomes, we are delighted when our efforts are recognised by the wider business world.

Excellence In Business


Aut: Excellence In Business Support Awards - 2013

National Winner - Sales & Marketing


Aut: Excellence In Business Support Awards - 2012

National Winner - Sales & Marketing


Ernst Young: Entrepreneur of the Year Awards - 2013

John Plato - Finalist

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Westpac & Fairfax Media: Women of Influence Awards - 2013

Lisa Plato - Finalist

Business Performance

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Deloitte: Fast 50 - 2013

40th Fastest Growing in NZ

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Deloitte: Fast 50 - 2012

35th Fastest Growing in NZ
Fastest Growing Service-Based Business - Canterbury & Upper SI

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Deloitte: Fast 50 - 2011

34th Fastest Growing in NZ
Fastest Growing Service-Based Business - Canterbury & Upper SI


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AGDA Design Awards 2015

Finalist - Packaging

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New Zealand Designer's Institute: Best Awards 2015

Bronze - Packaging

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New Zealand Designers Institute:
Best Design Awards - 2014

Finalist - Brand Identity

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New Zealand Designers Institute:
Best Design Awards 2013

Finalist - Brand Identity

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