Staff Directory

Jasons has 35 staff members, with the head office in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kelly Harland - General Manager

+64 21 639 008

Kelly joined Jasons in late 1998 starting in Customer Services. During this time she also took on supporting roles within the Production, Finance and IT departments. In late 2000 Kelly transferred to Jasons Brisbane office as a Sales Support Officer, later accepting the position of Office Manager which she held until 2007. Kelly returned to New Zealand in 2008 as Auckland Distribution Manager, a role which quickly developed to Regional Distribution Manager, and latterly North Island Distribution Manager, including the distribution territory of Australia and the South Pacific Islands. In 2014 Kelly accepted the role of General Manager.

Kelly’s main responsibilities include the development, implementation and monitoring of Jasons business strategy; providing support to the Directors and Senior Leadership team; and all aspects of the day to day operations in New Zealand. Kelly continues to manage the North Island Distribution business unit.

Grant Aitken - South Island Distribution Manager

+64 27 270 5245

Grant joined Jasons in July 2007 as Queenstown Distribution Manager. Key responsibilities of the role encompass the overseeing of the distribution of client brochures into the various Jasons display circuits and the distribution of the Jasons range of publications through the territory. The role was expanded in October 2014 to South Island Distribution Manager overseeing the Christchurch, Westcoast, Dunedin, Picton and Nelson warehouses.

A long time Queenstown “local” Grant has been involved in the tourism industry for 25 years with a broad understanding of the industry from both and activity operator and service provider perspective. Grant forms part of the Jasons senior leadership team along with Kelly, Karl, Amy and Geoff.

Karl Purdie-Smith - North Island Sales Manager

+64 21 993 373

Karl has been with the company since January 2013. Over the last 14 years Karl has managed sales teams in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand across a variety of industries and products. With a customer service, production, and operations background, Karl brings a customer centric focus to the travel industry and Jasons. If you want too much information, ask Karl an open question.

Blair Deasy - South Island Sales Manager

+64 22 391 1519

Blair has been with the company since 2014, initially as Queenstown and Southern Lakes Region Sales Manager, before being appointed to the South Island Sales Manager in June 2015. 

Blair’s new role keeps him based in Queenstown, where he has lived and worked for the past 11 years.  He works closely with Grant Aitken to achieve customer satisfaction across our Brochure Distribution, Warehousing and Online services 

Blair has worked in various customers service and management roles for the past 20 years spanning across the Tourism, Hotel and Food & Beverage industries within New Zealand and Australia. Blair is passionate about customer services and providing the best information to ensure he meets the customers’ needs.