The Merlin

Team Members

Annabel Cotton

027 473 7330
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Since establishing Merlin IR in 1998 Annabel has advised many of New Zealand’s leading listed companies on a wide variety of matters relating to their equity and governance programmes. She is a director of the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA), Trust Investments Management, Waikato Regional Airport where she chairs the audit and risk committee and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism. Annabel is a trustee of several large charitable trusts. Her governance experience includes directorships and audit committee membership at Genesis Energy Limited, the Securities Commission, the External Reporting Board and several small NZX listed companies.

Annabel is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ, the Australasian Investor Relations Association, the Institute of Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

Amanda West

021 043 9674
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Amanda has extensive investor relations experience and has provided advice and support to a large number of New Zealand’s top listed companies with many of her client relationships stretching back well over a decade. Amanda is well known for her practical advice and made-to-measure solutions that assist clients, whatever their size. Her detailed understanding of share register analytics is also unique in the New Zealand market. Amanda’s experience in IR is wide ranging and includes hands-on involvement in initial public offerings, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions dating back to 2002. Moving into IR from senior roles with the Bank of New Zealand and corporate strategy consultancy Benchmark Communication provided a solid background in finance, strategy, organisational development and communications. Amanda is a member of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ.

Anna  Bonney

021 844 155
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Anna’s exceptionally broad investor relations experience includes leading Mercury Energy’s programme for more than four years. Anna was appointed  Head of Investor Relations ahead of the company’s $1.7 billion IPO, which resulted in the largest share register in New Zealand with over 100,000 retail shareholders and a strong global institutional investor base.

Anna started her career in funds management working for NZ Funds Management. After moving to the UK in 2001, Anna gained experience in investor relations working for the London Stock Exchange and International Power. Returning to New Zealand in 2010, Anna remained in the energy sector with the Investor Relations Manager role for Vector. Vector won the Infinz best Corporate Communicator in 2011.

Anna joined Mercury Energy as  Head of Investor Relations in March 2012 ahead of the IPO.

Anna has a Masters in Economics from Auckland University and is a director of the Australasian Investor Relations Association, Australasia’s investor relations industry body.

Sharon Williamson

021 850 515
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Sharon has an extensive background in corporate communications and stakeholder engagement. Her experience spans IR strategy, planning and delivery as well as support for IPOs, mergers, acquisitions and divestments. Through her previous senior management roles, which included 18 years in the energy sector, to her more recent work in stakeholder engagement and issues management, Sharon is able to bring a range of research, strategy, programme development and writing skills to any IR programme.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing.