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Brainbox welcomes two new Senior Consultants, farewells co-founder

Brainbox has recently had a few personnel changes that we’d like to share.


Firstly, two new Senior Consultants have joined us - Allyn Robins and Ximena Smith.


Ximena has a background in journalism and communications, with over seven years experience across both industries. Her journalism work has included roles at Whakaata Māori, 95bFM and RNZ, as well as freelance credits for Prime, Vice, Newsroom and Stuff. She’s also spent time abroad in New York and London, working in several communications roles in the charity/NGO sector.


Meanwhile, Allyn has been quietly working with Brainbox since April 2022. Before this he served as an Intelligence Analyst at the National Assessments Bureau within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where - while also juggling the title of 'space guy' - he established the emerging technology portfolio. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics and Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Theatre, which have been more practical than you might expect.


We’re thrilled to have Allyn & Ximena on board, and they will both bring invaluable experience & knowledge to the exciting new projects that we have lined up.


Secondly, Brainbox’s founding co-director, Curtis Barnes, has moved on to a role with Deloitte in London.


We’d like to thank Curtis for all of his hard work over the past four years building Brainbox from the ground up and making it what it is today.


If you’d like to keep in touch with Curtis or follow what he is up to in the UK, you can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

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