Meet our team

 

Modbox is an active, motivated local team. We live and work in Queenstown and build for people who live locally and those who are based around the world.

 

We understand the environment, the seasons and the special way of life this amazing town provides. We have lived in and built houses the old school way, and we knew we could provide something smarter.

 

Just like our clients, as builders, we don’t want to deal with the delays and uncertainty of stick-built houses or the low quality of available pre-fabs. Efficiency, speed, and quality control allow us to do what we do and spend more time enjoying life than correcting mistakes or cleaning up waste. Our panels are precision computer-cut to the millimeter. Less waste = less cost and less for the site team to clean up!


Our Team is made up of uniquely skilled individuals that bring a range of abilities into the company and allows us to be small and agile - no one-trick ponies here. Everyone pulls double duty and are united by a common desire to build on the potential of Modbox. Doing things smarter, easier, and faster than the various branches of traditional construction that we all come from.

 

We aim to create the future of building, now.

 

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JIMMY NICOL

FOUNDER AND PREVIOUS OWNER

 

Jimmy grew up in the Catlins as a backcountry farm boy and loves getting on his dirt bike, kite surfing, and hanging with his Bernese Mountain dog Saf. But living in isolation with limited resources also meant that he developed an incredibly active imagination and classic Kiwi ingenuity - invent, reuse, recycle. It also built into him a desire for new ideas, new people, and new experiences to influence his own unique Jimmy to take on the world. Never accepting that there is only one way to do something, Jimmy is the consummate Kiwi tinkerer, always looking to improve or adapt things in ways that most people would never even think of. 

 

This ethos of always upgrading means that every job and every client is a chance to improve, which means that Modbox is only getting better, faster, stronger with every completed build. In an age where quality is secondary to cost, Jimmy’s core values mean that his business delivers value for money that you just can’t get from a traditional building firm or franchise.

 

Driven, enthusiastic and an endless source of innovative ideas, Jimmy is always thinking ahead and looking for better ways to do things - even when the existing way is pretty good Jimmy is the spiritual leader of the team, as classic Kiwi as they come

 

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JOE DALY

DIRECTOR - OWNER

 

Joe grew up near the quaint town of Chester, England. 

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.

POSITION - NOW FILLED (01.06.2021)

OFFICE MANAGER AND SALES ASSISTANT

A new position has become available within our business since Kate Tisdall moved on to start her new family. Good Luck with the new beginnings Kate and congratulations on your new family! 

This new position needs a skilled applicant with the drive to be part of a young, productive team with a keen eye for client needs. 

Should you be interested in potentially joining our team please do get in touch. 

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IAN ANSTISS

PROJECT MANAGER

 

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 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.

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CAM WHITE

SITE FOREMAN

Cam grew up in CHCH and worked as a joiner, then moved to Queenstown 11 years ago, where he worked in the snowboard industry, with time spent enjoying the deep snow in Canada.

 

Cam has developed hugely over the past few years, becoming qualified and now running projects for us as the foreman. Still keen to be hands-on, Cam recently played a key role in completing our largest panel home to date at 340m2 on Manchester place. With excellent finishing skills and the much-needed attention to detail, he is an integral member of our team.

 

One of the things that he loves about working with the solid Modbox wall panels is that you can put retaining screws and bolts anywhere and perfectly align things like TVs, shelves, and other items in a room without worrying about them. He has been involved in over 40 builds here in Queenstown including the construction of his own home for his young family. 

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JAMIE TILBURY

APPRENTICE CARPENTER

 

Jamie was born and raised in Kitwe, Zambia until he was 12, then moved to the Isle of Wight, UK with his family. He came to Queenstown in 2007 for 4 weeks travelling and is still here 11 years on.

 

Formerly head mechanic at Polygon UR, a downhill mountain bike team on the World Cup race circuit. Prior to that, he was a bike track and trail builder in Queenstown. Jamie likes the speed at which you can see progress in the construction process with Modbox and enjoys the hands-on nature of the team involved in all aspects of the build.

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IAN VAUGHAN-JONES

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.

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OTIS ROWE

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. 

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DECLAN MALONE

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. 

 

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SIMON EGLI 

QUALIFIED CARPENTER

 

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RASHAN RYAN 

APPRENTICE CARPENTER

 

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SAF

Mascot

 

Saf remains to be the Modbox mascot and is Jimmy's constant companion.

A Bernese Mountain Dog, Saf is often onsite and ever unimpressed at the lack of playtime. A big dog that thinks she is a little dog, Saf is great with other dogs and children and provides endless entertainment with her particular Saf ways.