Andrew Douglas is the Managing Director and founder of The Salamander Company.
Originally from a small farming community in the south east of South Australia, Andrew began his career at the Adelaide Convention Centre before going on to work on major event and production projects in New Zealand and the UK. Major highlights during this period included the delivery of the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, Marchionness/Bowebell Formal Investigation and the London Symphony Orchestra’s preparations for the BBC “Proms”.
Andrew returned to Australia in 2002 to take up the role of Associate Producer with the “Croc Festival®” – a national festival produced in rural and remote areas that engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with the aim of building partnerships and celebrating youth and traditional culture. In 2004 Andrew introduced a sister event, the “Rock Challenge®”, into South Africa – a series of youth dance and drama events (and television specials) staged worldwide as part of the Global Rock Challenge®.
Concentrating on the management of commercial rights within the sports, cultural and lifestyle categories, Andrew has assisted a variety of rights holders to commercially leverage their marketing assets and sponsorship properties, as well as deliver communication strategies to support the execution of a number of major campaigns. Major clients and partners over the last 5 years have included The Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA), Australian Football League, Coca Cola, Tiger Brands, Xstrata Mining, Media 24, AusAID, UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Andrew is currently working to expand The Salamander Company’s international interests with a particular focus on delivering innovative solutions to major property developers to increase “foot traffic” and “dwell time” within mixed used development environments.
Andrew was the Australian Honorary Consul to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape from 2009 – 2010.
Bryan Healy is an Executive Director of The Salamander Company and oversees all commercial strategy projects. Bryan is originally from New York where he started his career working for NBC Sports, he has been working in South Africa for three years.
During this time he consulted on commercial strategy development to several major projects, events and corporations, including the City of Cape Town’s new Greenpoint stadium, SA Fashion Week, Thebe Events and Exhibitions, Nike, Metropolitan, NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bryan was based in London for three years prior to coming to South Africa where he worked with leading global football clubs and corporations to develop long term integrated business and marketing partnerships. His tenure in Europe included project work with Arsenal FC, Juventus FC, Siemens, Emirates, and the Wembley Development Project.
John Elliott is a director of The Salamander Company and has extensive commercial experience in handling rights and benefits related to international sports events including the Olympics, Rugby World Cup, Commonwealth Games and FIFA World Cup.
Recent highlights of John’s career include management of the marketing and promotions program of the 40 Olympic Test Events for the Sydney 2000 Olympics; venue management for Road Cycling at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games; leading the Qantas Sponsorship account for 5 years (included an extensive sports, arts, ambassadors and charities portfolio under the Sharing the Spirit community program) and extensive consultancy for Accor Hotels on sports marketing and event development through the Asia Pacific region.
John was appointed by Dubai World South Africa, to lead the V&A Waterfront’s FIFA 2010 World Cup Commercial Program in addition to his ongoing leadership role with The Salamander Company at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.
John has recently opened The Salamander Company’s Sydney office where he oversees the expansion of The Salamander Company’s business interests throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.
John resides in Sydney, Australia with his wife Dianne.