NASH is an active industry association centred on light structural framing systems for residential and similar construction.

NASH represents the interests of:

  • suppliers,
  • practitioners, and
  • customers of steel framing systems.

Businesses in the industry join NASH to support cooperative programs for developing the market and industry infrastructure for all light structural steel framing, regardless of manufacturer.

NASH is active in:

  • regulatory processes affecting steel-framed housing,
  • contributing to New Zealand Standards and the Building Code of New Zealand, and
  • working closely with government planning agencies.


  • supports building trades education and training,
  • conducts generic product promotions,
  • facilitates technology transfer and product development,
  • provides well researched and balanced information to the public.




To grow and sustain the light structural steel framing industry in New Zealand.


  • Industry growth and development
  • Identify opportunities and obstacles to the growth of the industry
  • Assist members to maximise opportunities for the industry
  • Overcome industry obstacles through focussed research and effective communication
  • Promote and encourage technical improvement of steel framing products and systems
  • Support the development of industry capacity and infrastructure in line with customer need
  • Increase the number of builders conversant with steel framing
  • Facilitate the training of sufficient trades people in steel framing skills



Join Nash

NASH represents and supports long term growth and sustainability of the residential and low-rise light steel frame industry.

NASH will assist members by:

  • Representing the Industry to politicians, policy makers, regulators and bodies responsible for codes and standards.
  • Developing standards and quality systems for the steel framing industry.
  • Generating business leads for members by referring enquiries to suppliers.
  • Promoting members through the NASH website.
  • Actively facilitating training in and for the Industry.
  • Supporting the continuing professional development of trades’ people.
  • Providing a forum for members to meet and discuss industry issues.
  • Keeping members up-to-date with Industry activity and development.


NASH Board Members

NASH Board Members

Daniel Spencer – Framecad Sales Manager & NASH Deputy Chairman

Daniel Spencer a Sales Manager for Framecad Solutions covering Australia and New Zealand. Daniel has over 20 years of construction experience in construction estimating, sales & management. After completing Trade Certificate in Wellington he moved North to Study Estimating and Construction Management at Unitec Auckland. Daniel has worked in Japan, Canada, Australia and the USA. He lives in Auckland with his Wife and two Sons and has been with Framecad for over 5 Years. Daniel has great passion for the LGS industry and the people within it. “Being involved in the creation of precise and durable living spaces simply created with automation software and machinery is always thoroughly rewarding.”

Chris Kay – New Zealand Steel Marketing Manager

In November 2007, Chris Kay joined New Zealand Steel as Marketing Manager. In this role, he leads a team responsible for market development and marketing communications looking after brands including COLORSTEEL® roofing and AXXIS® steel for framing. Chris sits on a number of industry association boards including the National Association of Steel Framed Housing (NASH) and the Sustainable Steel Council. Chris grew up in the UK where he began his career with British Steel. He moved to New Zealand in 1993 and held a variety of product and marketing management positions with glass, plastics and wood products manufacturers focusing on the building and construction sector, prior to joining New Zealand Steel.

Dr Stephen Hicks – HERA General Manager of Structural Systems

Dr Stephen Hicks is General Manager of Structural Systems at the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA). Stephen sits on a number of industry association boards including: the National Association of Steel Framed Housing (NASH); Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ); and the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS). Prior to joining HERA in 2008, Stephen spent 11-years at the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) in the UK, where he was formerly Senior Manager of Building Engineering. Internationally, he is well known in the area of steel-concrete composite structures and floor vibrations. Stephen possesses extensive experience in international standards development and, as well as sitting on New Zealand and Joint Australian/New Zealand Committees, he was formerly the UK representative on the Eurocode 4 Committee, which is the design standard for steel-concrete composite buildings and bridges within Europe.

Dr Charles Clifton – University of Auckland Associate Professor

Charles Clifton graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) in 1978 and a Master of Civil Engineering in 1979. From 1979 to 1981 he worked for a major New Zealand consulting engineering firm, then from 1981 to 1983 for a joint UK/Saudi Arabian consulting engineering firm in London. In 1983 Charles joined the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) first as Structural Engineer then as Senior Structural Engineer, with responsibility for promoting the efficient and effective use of structural steel in buildings. A long and productive collaboration with The University of Auckland whilst at HERA saw several innovations researched, developed and adopted by the profession and also the award of his PhD in 2005. The principal outcome of his PhD was two new forms of semi-rigid beam to column connections for moment-resisting steel frames which are now used in a number of high profile New Zealand buildings.

Darrell Back – Frametek & Steelformers Group Director

Darrell is based in New Plymouth and has been involved in the metal rollforming industry for 48 years. He has also been the president of the MRM for 19 years and is now a life member of that organisation.