New president looking forward to meeting members around NZ


It was a great honour to be elected president of the RMBA during our recent conference in Christchurch.

The conference took a different format this year, combining the president’s meeting, AGM and site tours with a wider “Constructive” industry summit.

I personally thought it was a great first event under this format. I’m sure there will be a few tweaks in 2017, but it was a big success in relation to the goals we set for this flagship event.

On a personal note, I’d like to introduce myself to those who may not know much about me.

Our Wellington-based family business was established in 1964, specialising in residential construction in the northern suburbs. I completed my building apprenticeship out of school in 1990, and went on to study commerce at Victoria University in 1997.

After taking over the family business in 2001, I became a Registered Master Builders member in 2003. My clients were requesting access to House of the Year, the Master Build Guarantee and the Master Builders contract, and it seemed a logical progression in order to enhance our business.


Great mentors

I got involved locally, joining the Wellington executive in 2005. There were some great mentors locally, with Mike Fox chairing the interview committee when I first joined.

Martin Goulden was the Wellington president when I joined the executive, and Rudy Van Baarle was influential during this time as well.

I attended my first conference in the Bay of Islands in 2005, and seeing  things on a national scale made me realise this was something I wanted to be a part of — and I haven’t missed a conference since.

My wife Belinda has been a big supporter of mine and all things RMBA. When I became Wellington president in 2010, Belinda led the social side of things, and we had a great partner involvement during that time.


Charity house highlight

The highlight of my time as president was leading a project that built and auctioned a charity house, raising $130,000 for Ronald McDonald House in Wellington.

We have four children — Charlotte, 15, Isabella, 13, and twins Vinnie and Benji, 8. So life is busy! Outside of work I enjoy some golf, following the odd slow horse and reading.

After taking two years out to complete a contract for Fletcher Distribution Ltd, we have expanded into owning the Jennian Homes franchise in Wellington.

I was elected to the RMBA Board in 2012, and elected vice-president to John MacDonald in 2014.

John, and before him, David Fabish, have worked tirelessly to bring the Master Builders Association merger to fruition, and have provided a good insight into what is ahead.

As president, the danger is that I will be spread too thin. Therefore, I would like to focus on three areas:

Membership benefits.

Our flagship events — House of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, and the RMBA conference.

Local branch and national support office communication.

I am very much looking forward to travelling around the country, meeting you and assisting where possible.

Your feedback is welcome, and you can email me at, or call me on 021 727 316.

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