Meet the Founders

Although we work with clients from right across the globe, including the UK, New Zealand, Spain, the USA, and throughout Australia, they are anchored by teams in our Melbourne and Sydney offices.

Our client roster features multi-national companies, right down through to start-ups, and we treat each and every client like we would our very own business.

Both offices are equipped to service clients from any location, with work allocated on existing relationships, client preferences or specialist skillset. Best of all, we work transparently and flexibly – meaning you can choose which team you work with for any project.

Chriss Mannix, Director, Melbourne

Chriss has more than 20 years experience in public relations, working with some of Australia’s biggest and most renowned brands in both a consulting and in-house capacity.

Chriss leads the corporate communications and issues management side of the business, providing proactive and reactive consultation to leading pharmaceutical brands, tourism groups and industry bodies in Australia and New Zealand.

In the consumer PR space, Chriss thrives on the challenge of creating news and newsworthy platforms. She is experienced in national, trans-Tasman and global campaigns, sponsorship leverage, issues and crisis management, media relations, events and activations, including local and global press events and junkets.

With a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) from RMIT University, Chriss continues to contribute to the public relations community as a guest lecturer and an on-staff tutor for the RMIT Masters of Advertising course (Globalisation Theory).

Dani Lombard, Director, Sydney

Leading the Soda Communications team in Sydney is consumer PR veteran, Dani Lombard. With almost two decades of local and international consumer PR experience, Dani spent the last 11 years running boutique consumer lifestyle agency, Dani Lombard Public Relations. After admiring each other’s work from afar and working on a few projects together, Dani and Chriss made the decision to join forces and merge their two agencies into one.

From the outset Dani has been committed to working with brands she is passionate about and truly believes in, with a strong focus on organisations that have a positive impact on the world. Her team’s experience spans across beauty, health and wellness, fitness, food and wine, local government, not-for-profit, consumer technology and much more.

Dani holds of Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University.