DIRECTOR - OWNER
Joe grew up near the quaint town of Chester, England. He joined Modbox Queenstown in Jan 2015 and is the brains of the operation with a degree in computer science and Diplomas in Project Management.
Joe is the big picture guy, calm and easy to talk to. Whatever the challenge there is always a balanced solution to be found. Joe brings digital tools and systems to the business which allow us to manage multiple projects at once across multiple locations and build phases.
Joe came to Queenstown for the same reasons we all do - lifestyle. He comes from managing multi-million dollar projects in the UK and Canada and overseeing the implementation of high unit delivery projects.
He brings a modern build methodology and systemization to Modbox as well as a drive to continually improve our products and the ability to transition between site and the office in the country he now calls home.
His skill set enables our small company to perform and compete with much larger companies through the use of good systems, effective company culture, and the implementation of technologies that allow our clients to be based anywhere in the world and still be in control of their build.
As a former site manager for Bamford McLeod and AJ Saville, Ian is at home with the complexities of efficiently managing high-end residential projects.
No stranger to amazing projects with big budgets, and he brings that same attitude of quality and precision to Modbox builds.
The difference in working with Modbox is that the minimal waste approach is a breath of fresh air, knowing that all effort and materials contribute directly to the project without watching money go to the tip or time get wasted waiting around for multiple suppliers.
Wakeboarding and snowboarding are his off-work passions. Preferred mode of transport - a dingy.
OFFICE & SALES ASSISTANT
Tiina has been living in Queenstown since 2016 and has been working in the residential construction since early 2019 as an office administrator.
Back in Finland, Tiina worked in accounts and administration for a big multinational company for over 5 years before traveling to Australia and deciding to stay on this side of the world.
Tiina loves the active lifestyle Queenstown has to offer and in her free time she enjoys hot yoga, hiking, biking, skiing, and camping.
QUALIFIED BUILDER/GIB FIXER/FIBROUS PLASTERER
Ian grew up in a small coastal village in Wales. He came to New Zealand in February 2015 for a two-week holiday and like many, he's still here!
Ian has a strong background in the marine industry learning his trade as a boat builder, and then became a Gib Fixer and Stopper over the last six years.
Since moving to New Zealand he has grown as a tradie and is on his way towards becoming a supervisor. Ian has an excellent eye for detail and helps track and monitor our Health and Safety on a day-to-day basis.
As well as a broad knowledge of our composite systems. Ian was drawn to join Modbox based on our modern designs and intelligent use of space.
YEAR FOUR APPRENTICE CARPENTER
Otis is the youngest team member of Modbox! He is in his second-year of apprenticeship and came South from Hamilton. Prior to Modbox, Otis worked on commercial renovations, residential construction and built farm sheds/stables.
At only 23, his keen interest in all building has given him a lot more experience than the average apprentice. Otis enjoys working with Modbox because of the tight-nit team and sense of working in unison and having the ability to learn from other more experience team members.
YEAR 3 APPRENTICE CARPENTER GIB STOPPER/FIBROUS PLASTER
Declan is our token Irishman and does exactly as it says on the Tin. Originally from Leitrim Ireland. A true team player he organizes the annual Charity Hurling match played locally and watched by hundreds each year. Declan is also involved in the new local GAA Football Club called Queenstown Geals.
As a qualified plasterer, he has excellent stopping skills and is trained in Median polished plaster Novacolor. Also a qualified installer for EliteCrete Ireland.
Keen to develop in the industry and has the drive to advance his skills and career to also become qualified as a Carpenter.
Simon's building career started 16 years ago working on large commercial buildings in his home town in North East Switzerland. Since arriving in New Zealand 6 years ago he has made the switch to Residential building and hasn't looked back since!
In his spare time you can find Simon at the ice rink playing hockey, exploring the mountains on his snowboard, or wading through the many local rivers fly fishing. He loves how accessible Queenstown is to the backcountry, although he does miss the more reliable snow conditions of Switzerland.
Simon loves the culture and the close team at Modbox
WORKING FOREMAN & EXPERIENCED BLOCKLAYER
Kevin started his building career in the UK as a bricklayer where he learned his trade working on high-end residential developments and moved on to learning carpentry and plastering.
After a sabbatical in Australia making various types of fencing he returned back to the UK to work in the commercial carpentry sector for 6 years.
Within these 6 years, he completed many aspects of carpentry and joinery for well-known restaurants and hotels.
Kevin has a great understanding of health and safety as he has worked on large-scale sites and airports across the UK where health and safety is paramount.
In his spare time, Kevin loves all aspects of the outdoors from hiking and camping to swimming and kayaking.
Nothing makes him happier than being out in the woods with his dog.
SECOND-YEAR CARPENTRY APPRENTICE & STEEL ERECTOR
Mike moved down from Christchurch to join the Modbox team in May 2022. He grew up in England near Chester and the Welsh border. He moved to NZ in 2014 and spent 7 years rebuilding Christchurch as a steel erector, working on such projects as Christchurch Hospital, Public Library, and Canterbury University’s earthquake laboratory.
Mike was excited to join the team as he watched the company grow and evolve and wanted to be a part of a great family and team. He enjoys all the adventures and sports Queenstown and Otago have to offer and is excited for the future in such a beautiful place.
Having recently relocated his family to Queenstown from Canada Jamie has quickly become an integral part of the team demonstrating a solution-based approach and a willingness to develop and train the less experienced members.
Jamie completed his apprenticeship in Auckland and worked there until he moved to Canada in 2010. Whilst there he ran his own small construction business in Calgary until relocating to Queenstown in September 2022.
Three kids keep him very busy out of work and when he does get some free time he tries to do as much mountain biking and hiking as possible to make the most of the outdoors.
SECOND-YEAR APPRENTICE / FORMERLY A PILOT
Mike is originally from the North Island and was working as an airline pilot and drove the Hydro-Attack speed boats for a time.
Post Covid Mike decided it was time for a change and joined the team at Modbox to start his Carpentry apprenticeship. As you might imagine, Mike has picked up the systems and plans quickly and will progress to become an excellent carpenter in the future.
During his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, surfing, spending time at the lake, and socialising with friends.