Our Team

OUR PEOPLE OUR PASSION

We believe in fostering growth and promoting from within. Many of our team have progressed up the business from entry-level roles, gaining experience across multiple departments until the perfect individual for each role is found. This ensures a harmonious fit within our organisation and a solid foundation to build from.

Meet some of our leadership team.

Ronan Hanley

Managing Director

As the Managing Director of Surge Direct, Ronan orchestrates success both on and off the court. Whether he’s smashing it in badminton, teeing off on the golf course, or flipping through the pages of captivating books, Ronan infuses every endeavour with his signature energy. Beyond the sports and literature realm, you’ll find him championing teamwork and bulking up at the gym!

A leader on and off the field, Ronan Hanley is the driving force behind Surge Direct, turning every challenge into an opportunity and supporting his team with boundless enthusiasm for the success and future of his team.

Stef Grant

Operations Manager

Operations Manager, Excel extraordinaire, and self-proclaimed crazy cat lady! Stef’s got it all. With 10 years of industry experience, Stef has been an integral part of Surge’s growth alongside Ronan, building the company from the ground up. She thrives in her role, managing and working across multiple departments, creating innovative systems to meet the ever-developing needs of our growing business.

Stef is a problem-solving enthusiast who loves a challenge. She’s always seeking opportunities to enhance her own skills and empower her team. One of the things she loves most about this industry is its ability to nurture and develop individuals, regardless of their background or education. It’s a “what you put in, is what you get out” kind of gig!

When Stef isn’t busy expanding the Surge empire, you’ll find her exploring new business ventures, studying the property market, hosting cheese and wine nights with friends, or indulging in her passion for collecting dashingly handsome Maine Coon cats.

Ally Beaumont

Account Manager

Ally, the adventurous Kiwi who left her life in the Land of the Long White Cloud, to start a new chapter in Melbourne in 2019. Trading scripts and meds, for Admin and Recruitment, Ally dove headfirst into her career at Surge. Whether it’s making welcome calls, or rocking intro meetings with prospective clients, she’s conquered it all, climbing the ranks to become our Client Account Manager. Building strong client relationships is her passion, from the initial contact, right through to a successful campaign launch.

Outside of work, you can find Ally spending time with family and friends with a wine in hand, or out strolling with the doggos.

Abby Guo

Account Manager

As if one Kiwi Account Manager wasn’t enough, we had to fly in another… Miss Abby! Abby’s coffee consumption is legendary, even when it’s not necessary (caffeine enthusiasts, take note!). Often referred to as Surge’s biggest “Hype Girl”, her vibrant personality can be heard all throughout the office, and she’s always up for a good joke and laugh. As an Account Manager at Surge, Abby is your go-to guru for finding the perfect solutions and growth opportunities for the team. Whether she’s coordinating an epic road trip or brainstorming ways to keep everyone motivated, Abby’s got it covered.

When she’s not conquering the business world, you’ll find her hitting the gym or out hiking, soaking in those stunning views

Markus Pedersen

Call Centre Manager

Originally from chilly Sweden, our Call Centre Manager, Markus followed his heart (and the sunshine) across the world, before finally deciding to settle down and make the sunshine state of Brisbane his home. This is where he was first introduced to the industry. What started as a temporary gig in fundraising, turned into a lifelong passion, and Markus has been raising money for charities on both the charity side and agency side ever since.

During the week, you’ll find Markus getting excited over data – he firmly believes that analysing data holds the key to unlocking all the answers and insights – and managing our energetic calling team in our Brisbane Call Centre, but when the weekend rolls around, he’s all about embracing nature and animals. Camping in areas with no cell phone reception is his idea of a perfect getaway!

Ronan Hanley

Managing Director

As the Managing Director of Surge Direct, Ronan orchestrates success both on and off the court. Whether he's smashing it in badminton, teeing off on the golf course, or flipping through the pages of captivating books, Ronan infuses every endeavour with his signature energy. Beyond the sports and literature realm, you’ll find him championing teamwork and bulking up at the gym! A leader on and off the field, Ronan Hanley is the driving force behind Surge Direct, turning every challenge into an opportunity and supporting his team with boundless enthusiasm for the success and future of his team.

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