MEET THE TEAM

Mick Rose
Managing Director

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Mick established MPD Group in Auckland in 2006, after building his reputation within the direct marketing industry across three continents. He was the driving force behind the direct marketing launch of Telecom’s 027 mobile network in 2002, and has since worked with many household brands.
Over the past 15 years he has worked on some of New Zealand’s biggest brands in the commercial and not for profit space, budgeting, planning, strategising and delivering industry leading results.
Mick is passionate about promoting best practice within the direct marketing industry, and has been a board member of the PFRA (Public Fundraising Regulatory Association) over the last 12 months, sharing his experience and knowledge to assist regulating face-to-face fundraising, and encouraging best practice through the guidance of professional standards.

Outside of work, Mick raises three children with his wife Jax in Pt Chevalier. Dig deep into his past and you’ll find everything from being a baker in London to time spent running a sales team in Spain. A fun fact about Mick, he has bought so may business shirts from a retail chain that they named a shirt after him, which is sold in stores around Australasia.

 

Chris Whelan
Business Development Manager

Chris Whelan

After completing a Batchelor of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Sheffield (UK), Chris spent more than three years putting his qualifications to full use with a career in investment banking.
In 2010 he took the opportunity to take some time out and travel across India, Asia and Australia, finding his studies were transferable to many industries. The last part of Chris’ travels brought him to New Zealand, where he has firmly planted his feet. He has been able to adapt quickly to the market, and lend himself to all corners of New Zealand with ease. His experience from previous careers has enabled him to really understand the needs of the local market, providing viable solutions for many clients.

He has a little dog called ‘Archie’ that is his pride and joy, who frequents the office often. He loves spending time outdoors, with trips to the beach and scenic walks. Chris also likes to keep his eye on the latest game releases for the PS4, which keeps a fun creative balance in his life.