“Singing is my soul food. It’s a way to connect with my own heart and with others through performance. Music accompanies so many of life’s really important moments and if I can create one or two of those for other people then I feel blessed.”

Jacquie Walters

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Jacquie’s 25-year career in communications spans writing copy for television commercials and corporate communications for an electricity retailer, to wearing steel-capped boots and hard hat as editor of a forestry industry magazine.

Jacquie is known for her strategic approach to communications, ability to think quickly and write with clarity, and calmness when managing diverse and complex issues under pressure.

Jacquie has a strong interest in the primary and sustainability sectors having worked as a journalist for several rural publications and for online news service Carbon News.

Prior to joining the Convergence team Jacquie was an in-house Public Relations Consultant at the University of Canterbury. She advised senior management on issue and crisis communication and took the lead role in the University’s media relations in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. Her work during this period was recognised when Jacquie and her colleagues won the national Not for Profit category of the 2012 Public Relations Institute of New Zealand Awards.

Jacquie is based in Nelson and provides services for Convergence clients in Nelson Tasman.

In her parallel career as a singer-songwriter Jacquie has performed in Australia and Europe, recording four albums as a solo artist. Her passion for Shakespeare also led her to study for her MA at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon under the renowned Shakespearean scholar Professor Stanley Wells.

Qualifications and Achievements

  • APR (professional accreditation in PR by the Public Relations Institute of NZ)
  • MPRINZ (Member, Public Relations Institute of NZ)
  • Winner of 2012 PRINZ Award for University of Canterbury Earthquake Response
  • MA in Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • BA Hons (first class), University of Canterbury
  • Inaugural winner of Peter Lees Jeffries Memorial Scholarship
  • Winner of United World College scholarship