Nicola McConnell is the classic ‘can do Kiwi Girl’ – love that term! She is resourceful, clever, quick, lateral and positive. No job too hard, no task too huge. Nicola is up to date on food and wine trends and incredibly well connected. Her results speak for themselves.Brand Amp is an investment in your future.

Founder and director, Gourmet Safaris
Author, broadcaster, host and producer of Food Safari.

We engaged Nicola to assist us with the inaugural James Halliday Wine Companion Awards in July 2013. It was the first time that James had actually lent his name to an awards function so the event needed to be something very special, celebrating his iconic brand. With Nicola’s assistance, we ran a prestigious four-course degustation dinner showcasing over $90,000 worth of the finest Australian wine. Nicola’s advice, knowledge and professionalism were second to none and the event was hailed as the ‘Wine Event of the Year’. As an added bonus, with her media communications strategy we garnered a reach of over 2.7million nationally and internationally. We would have no hesitation in recommending Nicola to any prospective client.

Annie Clemenger, Account Director
James Halliday Wine Companion


I have known Nicola McConnell for over a decade and in a world of wannabes she is a shining light of PR professionalism Nicola does not waste my time with bumpf or non-stories. She lets me know what I need to know in a timely and succinct manner. When she organises an event I can be sure it is worthwhile attending. As PR standards swiftly decline, Nicola is a welcome example of how it should be done. Am I happy to recommend her? Hell yeah.

Winsor Dobbin
Wine and travel journalist


Nicola McConnell has assisted ToiToi Wines both from a strategic and executional point of view, assisted in maintaining vital key contacts with customers and raising our profile in Australia. From a wine marketing and comms perspective, she is a standout, having held very senior global roles she has experience and exposure at the highest level of the industry, is able to use her experience to create impact where it matters most. she comes highly recommended.

Andrew Bonner, Owner
Toi Toi Wines

I have used Nicola McConnell’s communication services on a number of occasions at Coombe Farm and more recently for our new hospitality venture Coombe – The Melba Estate. Nic’s significant experience and extensive industry network offer an invaluable connection to the major food, wine, hospitality and media ‘players’ and I would highly recommend her as an essential part of any successful PR & marketing team.

Nicole Esdaile, General Manager and Winemaker
Coombe Farm

We commissioned Nicola McConnell of Brand Amp to work with us on our website. We found Nicola ‘s approach to be a highly strategic and holistic. Nicola came back to us with marketing solutions that were extremely effective in our very crowded marketplace. We could immediately implement her recommendations which returned excellent results for our business.

Annie Fitzpatrick, Practice Manager
Peter Murphy and Associates