Brian Hayward
Managing Director

Brian left the newsroom after 10 fast-paced years to venture into the equally challenging world of PR. After starting the eponymous Brian Anthony Communications in 2012, his rapidly expanding business saw him grow the team and rebrand as Good News Lab within four years. Forever a journalist at heart, he strives to bring the same standards of credibility and newsworthiness to every piece of content created.

Taryn Hayward
Operations Director

Having spent over a decade as a group financial manager in the financial services industry and providing specialist tax and management accounting services, Taryn now ensures that strict business processes are adhered to in delivering a quality service for our national client base.

Helen Crooks | In-house Journalist

Helen Crooks has been a journalist for over 30 years and has worked on diverse publications owned by Caxton, Naspers and Times Media (now Tiso Black Star). Latterly employed as a chief-sub editor, Helen’s role is to monitor and co-ordinate copy, ensuring it is clean, punchy and factual. When not pursuing her craft writing travel articles, Helen is passionate about her family, cooking and photography – in no particular order!

Johann Huebsch | Social Acc Manager

Johann oversees client accounts and ensures that their brands are kept in the social media spotlight. He also keeps track of mentions in the traditional media space. When he’s not staring at a smartphone, tablet or computer screen, this self-confessed movie addict escapes into the captivating world of the silver screen.

Sharon Thompson | Content Strategist

Sharon has worked as a writer and editorial coordinator in the advertising, publishing and PR fields since the dawn of this millennium. She prefers old school to new school media, and paper to pixels, but is happy to craft copy and content on just about any subject or platform.

Mandla Ntlemeza | Content Developer

Mandla is an integral part of the digital team, and is responsible for monitoring, managing and generating powerful content for clients’ social media accounts. A journalism graduate and creative writer, he spends his spare moments immersed in the imaginative world of poetry and music.

Arantxa Mathapersadh | Content Developer

Arantxa takes great care in developing clever, creative, consistent content for clients’ platforms. You’ll often find her brewing an idea along with a good cup of tea. In her spare time, when she’s not obsessively making notes and to-do lists for her to-do lists, Arantxa is reading any book she can find.

Brenda Ulay | Graphic Designer

Brenda’s eye for design ensures that clients’ social media pages stay looking fresh and creative – with branding that is always on point. In her spare time, she refuels her creativity by taking some deserved downtime with snacks and a good movie!

Simone Dolley | Community Manager

Simone, our community manager, keeps a watchful eye on clients’ social media pages and monitors engagement across all platforms to ensure that everyone receives the response they need. Simone is a sports fanatic and spends her weekends playing club hockey and socialising with her teammates.