Prior to immigrating to New Zealand, I owned and operated a successful contracting, plumbing and drain laying business.
On arrival in 1997 in New Zealand, I was employed by a large, international waste management company as an Operations Manager. Responsible for delivering significant contracts in most sectors this led to joining forces with Richard and the establishment of Access | Partners in Property in 2005.
We’ve been on a quite a journey and I am immensely proud of everyone who has been a part of it.
After 10 years and 5 years respectively in the electrical trade (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial, Petrochemical and Dairy Industries) and the recreational teaching of Scuba Diving around the world, it was time to come back to NZ. In coming back to NZ in 2000 I spent 5 years working in the Commercial Cleaning industry in a family business. This sold in 2005 and Access Partners in Property was started.
The last 15 years have been rewarding in seeing a company grow from very small beginnings to what we have today. We work with some great local and international property owners and companies; we look forward to continuing these relationships and the new ones into the future.
My career began after completing a plumbing and drain laying apprenticeship and starting my own Civil Contracting Business in South Africa.
After immigrating to New Zealand in 1999 and starting again “ On the Tools”. A Business Degree and a few other qualifications, lead to Senior Sales and Marketing roles with great NZ companies and a tenure on the NZ Agritech Inc Board. This commercial and leadership experience allowed me to venture into the consulting space with Access as one of my clients. My time at Access soon evolved into a full-time role, working with the Directors to grow Access and Gunac Waterproofing Specialists as their Sales and Marketing Manager and member of the Senior Leadership Team.
I have been very involved in all aspects of the business from Board level through to working with the Business Unit Managers and developing key client relationships along the way.
Action and getting things done is paramount, when I am not working, I can be found on my Mountain or Bikepacking Bike getting away from it all.
Having spent the last 40 years in various accounting roles in the Auckland area, I now have my feet firmly under the desk as Finance Manager for Access. It is great to have a role that gives me the opportunity to use all the skills obtained during my career. We have a great Finance team at Access, I am proud of what we are achieving as the company grows and I’m looking forward to what the future will bring.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management, National Certifications in Occupational Health & Safety, and over 15 years of experience and knowledge in HR, Recruitment, and more recently within the HSEQ field. I have worked within various industries and size organisations in South Africa and New Zealand and engaged with a wide spectrum of people with diverse backgrounds and cultures. My experience is across the life cycle of the employee, with a good balance between operational & transactional duties and strategic & transformational leadership. Prior to joining Access | Partners in Property permanently, I have run my own HR consultancy business.
As for my interest outside of work, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family and watching the All Blacks, Silver Ferns, and Black Caps win!
I bring over 10 years Health and Safety experience to the team. Working closely with all stakeholders, I aim to create safe and healthy workplaces and work sites for our crew. When I am not focused on Health and Safety, you can find me following the latest Rugby news. It is a given that I will support the All Blacks
A senior leader with 20 years of management experience who excels at change, transition, and operations process improvement. I have developed experience in both public and private sectors, including large corporate environments, and across diverse industries, including construction, manufacturing, retail, and corporate business. A fast learner who handles stressful situations calmly, quickly takes control, and puts an action plan into place.
Outside of work, and when I am not looking after two enthusiastic young boys, you will find me anywhere on the West Coast running, and enjoying family time.
My career in its early and mid-stages had very much an operational bias in the housing and scaffolding sectors. After a couple of General Management roles, an opportunity came up at Access Partners in Property to focus more on Sales.
Since joining Access in 2019 where initially I started in a Business Development role, I moved into more general sales management running the Auckland Sales team and now into a national role.
I am an individual who believes in professionalism, looking after the detail and try to work very hard to satisfy our valued customers. As a team, we strive to be the best every day at Access in all that we do, in particular, fulfilling our brand promise “PEOPLE SAFE, CUSTOMER SATISFIED, JOB DONE”.
I started my career in accounting in Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa in 1998 and eventually moving to New Zealand in 2002.
After holding a few positions in Legal Administration and Accounting with multinational corporations in New Zealand, I eventually ventured into Project Management in 2009 where I fell in love with business operations.
In 2014 I started a small company servicing fixed term contracts for infrastructure deployment, grew it into a medium sized business and preferred service delivery partner for various multinational infrastructure corporations before selling it towards the end of the contract terms and taking over a role with Access where I am enjoying managing a similar sized business unit.
I love spending time with my family, but in my spare time I have enjoyed playing soccer for many years across various leagues, in general I am a sports fanatic and also love hunting.
Originally from South Africa, I began my career in commercial building maintenance and small civil projects on a diamond mine.
In 2019 we immigrated to New Zealand, where I have been actively involved in commercial building maintenance ever since.
Outside of work I enjoy putting my hands to small repair jobs, gardening and tending to our veggie patch and diving into a good book.
After 22 years of managing my own construction company in South Africa, I decided to make New Zealand and Access | Partners in Property my new home. Starting at Access as a project manager was my opportunity to make a difference in the NZ construction industry. Eight months down the line, I grew into the role of Business Unit Manager, leading and facilitating the dynamic Gunac and Projects Team.
When I am not supporting my team to deliver the quality work we provide, you will find me enjoying the beautiful outdoors and magnificent fishing opportunities.
My career in sales happened completely by accident – literally. My back was broken in a vehicle accident in 2003, forcing me to move from my role as an independent roofer. 2004 was spent in recovery and my first real foray into Customer Service. As it turned out, I had a knack for chatting and getting to know people. Over the course of the next 2 decades, I continued to shape and hone my sales and customer service skills
I joined Access in 2020 as the Business Development Manager, Waikato. In finding myself in this role, I grew with the branch leading to my current role in the Waikato region.
My belief system exists around the impact we create in connection. Through ‘true’ connections, we generate collaboration – in collaboration I believe anything can be achieved. Yielding win-win scenarios across the board. I enjoy existing outside the paradigm and thrive in challenging environments – it is in this space I believe creative solutions are born.
After starting my career as a Commercial Crime Investigator, I pursued a Business Management degree via correspondence. I then shifted gears and joined a global textile corporation in South Africa, where I honed my skills in Commercial and Sales leadership over the course of 21 years.
In 2019, I relocated to New Zealand, leaving behind my position as the head of the South African Apparel division, reporting to the EMEA region. After two years in the kiwifruit industry, I was fortunate to join Access as an Account Manager/Estimator, responsible for managing Key Accounts in BOP.
Drawing on my success in this role, and aligning with Access's values of profitable sales growth, exceptional customer service, and relationship-building, I transitioned into my current role where I am thoroughly enjoying leading the BOP business unit towards achieving the Access brand promise and BOP Business Unit vision.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring the beautiful sights of Aotearoa and heading out on the water with my family.