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Our Team


Our team are a mix of search, strategy and creative marketers.  Combined we create powerful monthly marketing campaigns for businesses that want to tap into their digital marketing potential.  We're always looking for new talent so if you're looking for a passionate place to work that's growing rapidly to hone your skills then get in touch.

Vanguard 86 was founded in 2015 with the vision of offering worldwide digital marketing practices to forward-thinking businesses in New Zealand that want more from their digital marketing, but don't know where to start.  

Today Vanguard 86 is one of New Zealand's leading inbound marketing agencies.



Thomas Emmerson

BA (Hons)

Marketing Strategist & Director 

Thomas was instrumental in creating international marketing campaigns for Honda Europe's motorcycle division and worked in PR and communications for Aston Martin.  His passion for marketing, and strategic planning led him to create several marketing training courses in NZ.

Thomas has contributed to the Marketing Association blog, been printed in NZ Business and campaigns he's worked on in Europe were featured by DRUM marketing, and shortlisted for marketing awards in the UK.

  • HubSpot software certificate - Thomas Emmerson
  • Email marketing certificate - Thomas Emmerson
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Rakesh Patel digital marketing specialist

Rakesh Patel



Digital Marketing Specialist


Rakesh comes from a data-driven background in web design, SEO and AdWords. An early career role working at Air New Zealand fed his passion for numbers. That has become instrumental in his work in search engine marketing.

  As well as building client campaigns Rakesh manages AdWords and search optimisation for client accounts.  He's Google certified in search and display advertising and technically proficient in the HubSpot platform.

  • AdWords search certification - Rakesh
  • AdWords Display certification - Rakesh
  • Inbound marketing certified - Rakesh

Laura Crombie



Campaign Manager


Laura completed a Design Degree at Massey University’s college of creative arts before developing her skills within the events industry. Working on community based events and larger scale events such as the New Zealand Rugby World Cup and the London Olympic Games Laura found her passion within the Marketing and Communication field. After moving back to New Plymouth she has been working as a creative marketing executive. Her skills are based in social media and creative development.




Alexandra Power


Graphic Designer

After graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at Massey University Alex has worked in a number of Graphic Design and admin roles. 
Bringing her eye in design Alex works as part of the campaign management team.

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Lee Williams


Admin Manager

Lee helps to manage the ever-growing administrative elements of the business, and does so with an enviable dose of patience!

Managing the business's invoicing and billing, payroll and general administration Lee's attention to detail and foresight keeps the business ticking along.  

The expansion of the company into a supplier with national reach has often led to a few logistical headaches which Lee has taken in her stride.

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