A bit about us...


Sursum: To lift or heighten

Sursum Consulting was founded in 2017 by Sarah Lewis. Based in beautiful Papamoa, the agency services clients throughout New Zealand with regular clients situated in Auckland and Queenstown and of course the Bay of Plenty. 

Sursum has three distinct areas of specialty including event management, business development consulting to the creative, sports and tourism sectors and strategic partnership consultancy.

The Sursum client portfolio has several clients in its stable including Steven Adams Invitational, Scott Mclaughlin Grand Prix, Auckland Tuatara Home season and Papamoa Unlimited, HYNDS, Carters Tyres and LUMA Festival to name a few.

The Sursum team has 2 core specialists focused on event delivery and a vast network of contractors servicing event operations, public relations, graphic design and digital media strategy.




Managing Director

The Sursum Group is a virtual agency was born out of my personal passion for project management and diversity. After 20 years working in senior media, marketing, event management and product management roles for large corporate and media organisations all over the world, I wanted to create a role that allowed me to develop a virtual agency based on problem solving, creativity. I wanted to work with leaders in their field and deliver a high impact approach for clients without costly retainers or overheads.

My depth and breadth of experience has seen me work on an enormous portfolio of projects including high profile projects such as delivering the VIP arrival and departure programme for the 2012 Olympic games all the way through to local community carnivals.

I have launched and evolved brands such as canvas magazine, Herald on Sunday and Heathrow VIP Services and I have run major events such as the Rugby League Four Nations and managed teams ranging in size from 2 – 72 people. More recently I have written complex strategy and run audits for the likes of Rotorua Economic Development and Creative Bay of Plenty.

What started as a one woman operation in 2017, has grown into a network of NZ’s top contractors. Covering multiple disciplines and specialties each project team is handpicked from the best in the business ensuring we meet your needs without all of the expensive.

  • What does all of this mean?
  • My network of contractors is immense
  • I understand complex stakeholder engagement
  • I have worked with a huge range of people from members of the worlds’ royal families through to the incredible people who run regional sports clubs (and loved both experiences equally).
  • I communicate clearly and I work quickly
  • I understand the value of contract resource and can be an impact player on any time.

Sarah Lewis
Managing Director


Consultant- Communications & Advocacy

Suzanne is a media relations consultant whose professional networks and knowledge of the NZ media landscape benefit a wide range of commercial and NFP clients. She spent nearly twenty years managing radio and television networks before shifting ‘client side’ as an independent brand and communications specialist in 2008.

Suzanne has worked with and for Spark NZ, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, Yealands Wine Group, Auckland Museum and a host of New Zealand’s best-known brands. She has also worked with several start-ups in the gig economy to launch their brand and build enduring marketing partnerships. Suzanne created the business case for the Gender Tick accreditation programme which now has fourteen of New Zealand’s largest employers as members and has experienced phenomenal growth since its launch in Ocober 2018.

With a focus on how to authentically connect with your customers and audiences, she will challenge your thinking and look for new ways to position you as the best at what you do.

Suzanne helps Sursum’s clients with:

  • Media relations: crafting your story to generate and sustain positive publicity
  • Crisis Communications & Issues management
  • Change management and design thinking to create new opportunities for business expansion.

Suzanne is also experienced in governance, strategic planning and partnership development for the arts and culture and Not-for-Profit sectors through previous director roles at YWCA Auckland, NZ Music Commission and Auckland’s indie radio station, 95bFM. She was appointed a trustee of Bay of Plenty’s arts and culture agency, Creative Bay of Plenty in August 2017 and Chair in May 2019.

Suzanne and Sarah met when they both worked for a large telco in 2005 and have joined forces on several projects where their combined skills and experience align since 2017.