By NZHJ May 24, 2017 Industry news

May brings us a second, bumper crop of top movers & shakers.

Joanne Duggan is The New Zealand Green Building Council’s (NZGBC) inaugural Director of Marketing & Partnerships. NZGBC says: “Having worked for Resene for the past 10 years Joanne has built up vast knowledge of property industry in New Zealand. She will assist the NZGBC to build on the tenfold increase in Homestar ratings, the residential tool for healthier warmer homes and the launch of Green Star Performance, a new tool for existing buildings.”

Kate Farrant has recently joined recruitment specialists Build People, bringing a career history that includes direct sales, team leadership and recruitment for the built environment. Her enthusiasm for the industry and relevant experience makes her a perfect resource for Build Peoples clients. Kate specialises in middle management and operations roles in the construction supply sector.

Adrienne Gordon (right) has also joined Build People Executive as an Executive Search Specialist. An experienced Recruitment and Talent Manager, Adrienne has searched and placed numerous executive roles within the building and manufacturing industry, including one of NZ’s most prominent building supplies companies, Adrienne’s 10+ years of senior recruitment experience across finance, manufacturing and operations and management, coupled with a phenomenal attitude, made her a natural fit for Build People and its elite client base.

Low Chee Yen has been announced as the new Director at Opus International Consultants, following the resignation of Datuk Nik Airina Nik Jaffar. Chee Yen is Head of Corporate Development, Planning & Strategy at management and infrastructure consultancy, UEM Edgenta Berhad and has previously held finance and investment advisory roles at CIMB Group and KPMG. Chee Yen is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an economics and finance degree from RMIT University, Australia.

Tapan Kadakia ("TK") has recently joined the Firth/Dricon team as Customer Development Representative covering the Auckland and Northland regions. TK brings good industry knowledge to the position with previous experience from both Mitre 10 and Bunnings as a Trade Account Manager as well as spending a year managing Bunnings' Henderson branch. TK is looking forward to the role and representing Firth and Dricon products in the market.

Pat Mayes is the first of two changes at Uvex Safety NZ, having recently taken on the role of NZ Sales Manager previously held by John Mark. Formerly at NZ Safety Blackwoods, Pat has over 14 years’ experience within the safety industry and specialises in the promotion of product training for the suppliers and customers of Uvex PPE.

We also find Allan Denholm (right) as Uvex’s new NZ Technical Sales Representative. Replacing the recently retired Paul Ashton, Allan has a world of experience in technical products in the industrial markets and has a truly hands-on style when assisting customers in problem solving for the best product solution required.

Andrew Ryan-Kidd, ITM’s longstanding GM Finance & IT, left on Friday after 16 years with the company. He says: “I’ve had a great innings at ITM and have a lot to celebrate, both in terms of what we’ve done both for the industry and the Shareholders of ITM.” From the team at NZ Hardware Journal, best wishes Andrew, we’ll miss you at this year’s Hardware Awards!

Mike Templeton (right) has joined Sika NZ as Distribution Sales Rep for the Bay of Plenty plus the Hamilton, Gisborne, Rotorua and Taupo regions. Previously with Carters for 16 years, from dispatch through to account management, he loves his sports and also enjoys spending time with family and coaching his sons’ sports teams.

Bruce Warnock has joined the Toolware Sales team as Corporate Accounts Manager. Bruce brings with him 15 years’ experience with stints most recently at Milwaukee Tools, Methven and Tasman Insulation and sees immense possibilities working with Toolware Sales’ extensive range of world-class brands: “I am looking forward to continuing to build on the great reputation Toolware Sales has in the market as well as renewing the strong relationships I have with the merchants.”


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