PROMOTE! is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Simon and Erica Wyatt. Their objective was to create an interactive, fast-paced and fast-changing board game to be played and enjoyed by friends and families alike. Using Simon’s experience as a former New Zealand police officer, they have incorporated many facets of real-life policing into the game for players to experience. They wish you as much fun playing it as they had creating it.
Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Simon attended Kelston Boys’ High School before completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy at the University of Auckland.
After completing his studies, Simon commenced a ten-year career with the New Zealand Police, the last six years of which he spent as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB); two years in the General Squad CIB, one year in the Adult Sexual Abuse Team and three years in the Child Protection Team.
In 2012 Simon was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a rare and potentially life-threatening autoimmune disorder, which ultimately drew the curtain on his policing career. Post policing, Simon has taken up investigative roles at both the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). He also pens crime novels. For more information, click here.
Born in Daegu, South Korea, Erica moved to New Zealand in 2000. She attended Rangitoto College before studying spatial design at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Since then she’s ventured down the road of graphic design, working in numerous industry roles in South Korea and New Zealand.
Erica loves seeing her creations come alive. One of her future goals is to illustrate a children’s book series.