Our Team

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Master builder to apprentice, all of us are on a journey of excellence through continual improvement with a sincere dedication to our craft. We are visionaries, trendsetters, innovators, and changemakers.

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DIRECTORS (Dan Saunders Construction & Ecopanel)

Daniel Saunders – Smart, innovative, reflective, respectful, and dedicated to the greater good – these are the things that make Dan, and this business, unique. A Master Builder with 27 years’ experience in building, and 16 years as a company director, Dan knows the New Zealand building industry, and he brings his expertise and unique passion for excellence to every job. Never one to accept the ordinary, his vision and leadership have created countless beautiful, sustainable homes. Did we mention that he's also a 4th degree black belt in karate, and is a NZ national champion kickboxer? Dedication, hard work, focus are all part of a good days' work. 

Jennifer Hamlin – Dream Queen and Detail Guru. With a business background, and an active role in the Superhome Movement, she drives development of the company vision, marketing, HR, and upholds company ideals of supporting an amazing team that cares for people and communities (she’s a kickboxer too!).

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Che Pauro - Che has nearly 20 years experience in the building industry, including a very successful stint doing project and business management. Che has his finger on the pulse of every job, and is continually working to ensure that everything is in place to help everyone be efficient and satisfied in their work. Making a difference is what he’s all about. Che has a wonderful wife and two beautiful children, he also has a keen passion for fine motorbikes!

PROJECT MANAGER

Richard Toomer - With over 15 years' experience as a carpenter, Richard brings kind, patient, and careful attention to detail  to every job. Richard is also a personal trainer, and has a real talent for getting the best out of everyone.  Like Dan, Richard is a champion kickboxer and he is also a 5th degree muay thai instructor so hard work and dedication are a way of life. 

FOREMEN

Kane Crossan - Kane has over 17 years' experience with a special interest in acrhitectural and hill builds, Kane is our head foreman and an exceptional leader of the team. He is well known in the Canterbury region for his quality craftsmanship and integrity and his careful attention to detail makes him a huge asset in our team. In his spare time, Kane is an instructor of Te Reo and he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and three children. 

Graeme Furniss - Graeme is a foreman with 21 years' experience in building and has particular skill in architectural builds. Graeme's easy going nature, standard of quality, and focus on client care make him an absolute gem to work with. Outside of work, Graeme has a great young family, including two gorgeous kids.

Michael Gödert - Michael is a German trained Master Carpenter. He has over 13 years’ experience in Germany and here in New Zealand. His particular area of interest is in energy-efficient prefabrication so he works in our Ecopanel factory, and installing panels and windows on site.

Ben Sole - Ben is a young foreman with 5 years' experience as a qualified builder and 4 years working for a builder in his school holidays. He is light-hearted, calm, approachable and kind and he sets himself apart with his hard work, and ambition to be the best he can be. In his spare time, he can often be found doing a bit of extra work, going that extra mile for our lovely clients.

 

CARPENTERS

Matt Taukamo - With 11 years' experience as a builder, Matt qualified in 2012 and is a massive rugby league fan, it's his easy going attitude and teamwork that makes Matt a star player on our team. 

Matt Sutherland – Matt has 6 years' building experience and qualified as a carpenter in 2016. Like Dan and Richard, Matt is also a champion kickboxer and recently won a silver medal for New Zealand at the World Kickboxing championships in Spain. His loyalty and commitment to excellence makes him a huge asset to our team.

Christian Keimel - A master joiner by trade, Chris is German trained with a keen appetite for carpentry and is focusing his time on learning about prefabrication and energy efficient building.

 

APPRENTICES

Mat Ramsay - Mat is finishing his carpentry apprenticeship after beginning with us in 2016. He's a smart and driven guy, and likes a fast-paced working environment. He's a bit of an outdoorsy guy so when he's not working on the job, he can usually be found on the golf course or out fishing. 

Sean Braid - Sean is a star apprentice, with a legendary work ethic and attitude. Sean is smart and easygoing and well above his level on the jobsite. There's a lot of drive and determination on the jobsite these days!

Fletcher O’Rourke - Fletcher is our newest apprentice. A young lad just starting out, he’s keen on developing his skills in building and is certainly getting immersed in energy efficient building.

DRAFTSMAN

Ingo True - Ingo is our draftsman and German master carpenter. His experience in prefabrication is critical to issuing shop drawings in the Ecopanel factory and their accuracy is a testament to his superb expertise and attention to detail.  When Ingo is not drawing plans, he enjoys helping build and install the panels.

ACCOUNTS

Kellie Allan – The Book Keeper/Number Cruncher – an accountant and mother; Kellie enjoys being a contract book keeper who balances a niche number of clients with the demands of her family life. She even took up the challenge of learning the piano when she turned 40!

ADMINISTRATION

Evette Furniss - Being the wife of a builder sets Evette up well to handle the many challenges that come in the construction business, but her talents extend far beyond there. Evette is a multi-talented member of the team with extensive skills in admin, management, and even catering! Like Jennifer, Evette is also active in the Superhome Movement. When Evette isn’t working on company business, she looks after two gorgeous wee kids, and has an interest in learning and practicing Te Reo.

Jacquie Saunders - It’s all in the family with Jacquie’s careful attention to supporting business operations behind the scenes. Endlessly patient, and caring, she’s an asset to the admin team and we are beyond lucky to have her support. In her spare time, Jacquie is an active horsewoman, and spends lots of time with her many grandchildren.

QUANTITY SURVEYANCE

We have three contracted quantity surveyors that we work with to bring the most accurate pricing and quantities to our jobs. Between the three of them, they bring over 30 years’ experience in the building industry with expertise in prefabrication, energy efficient products, and sustainable building.