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.
Arriving to start a new life in New Zealand in 2017 after just completing my degree in Business Management and Marketing in South Africa I joined Access as Operations Scheduler. From here I learnt the ropes and everything there is to know about the general functions of the maintenance division eventually growing into a role as the Assistant Operations Manager of the Maintenance Business Unit.
As Access in grew, there was a need for the management of key long-term relationships that Access had formed over the years. I moved into an Account Manager/Estimator role looking after some of our Key Clients. I started getting involved in bigger CAPEX type projects including fit outs, large torch on and liquid membrane waterproofing projects and re-roofing. In total I had spent 4 or so years at Access and decided I would leave the business to gain perspective and different learnings working in a different business.
I spent a about a year away but within the same construction property space after which I decided to return to an opportunity which allowed me to use all the experience I have gained in my working career. Taking up a role as the Business Unit Manager to work with an exciting team with a lot of experience, passion, and drive to get out there and ensure that our client’s buildings and assets are looked after.
I hold true to my core philosophies in this role being customer service and execution focused -striving for “Delivered in Full, On Time, In Spec”.
Outside of work you can likely find me over a BBQ with the rugby on in the background.
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.