Gary Knofflock – Chairperson
Gary Knofflock is the owner of The Silver Frames Company based in Picton. Gary Knofflock, has been building homes since he was a teenager … in 2014 he learnt of steel framing and upon researching it further, he was sold and he threw in timber framing once and for all.
After meeting with FRAMECAD in Auckland, he gained their upmost respect with his knowledge and genuine interest in the product, to which he then bought a machine and hasn’t looked back.
Daniel Spencer – Framecad Sales Manager & NASH Deputy Chairman
Daniel Spencer is 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. 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.”
He lives in Auckland with his Wife and two Sons and has been with Framecad for over 5 Years.
Sidhant Kumar – Redco
Sidhant completed his BE in Fiji National University, representing Fiji Government and University at Capstone, undertaking Masters of Engineering Studies at the University of Auckland before commencing full-time work in New Zealand specialising in Light Gauge Steel design with LGSC and with Redco NZ Ltd, Tauranga for the past 3.5 years. Sid recently joining NASH Board has considerable experience in Light Steel Framing in residential, industrial and commercial designs.
Paul Jenkins – New Zealand Steel
Paul is from New Zealand Steel and has been involved in the steel industry in various roles since 2005, he has had the role of Key Account Manager since 2011 looking after the New Zealand market. He has spent some years involved in Steel Framing through managing the Frametek account. One of the best parts of the role is visiting customers, getting a better understanding of what they do with steel, discussing the challenges and assisting to create a possible solutions that supports the growth of steel in the New Zealand building industry.
Outside of work Paul and his wife are busy with three children who all play sport from club to representative levels. Paul enjoys fishing, squash and generally keeping fit.
Steven Cook – Steelhaus
I began my work career as an Electrician working at many large manufacturing plants. Through this experience I found I had a passion for manufacturing and process improvement. I ran production for a roll forming business for 9 years and then managed the company for 6 years. Through that time we set up a steel frame and truss plant and developed New Zealand’s first steel joist flooring system.
In November 2019 I changed role and am now Business Development Manager for Steelhaus. I enjoy the people in our industry and sharing my passion for building with LGSF with builders, architects and developers around New Zealand.
It is great to be a part of a team that can design, manufacture and install LGSF.
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends and getting involved in sports with my three boys.
Mark Armstrong – Rollforming Services
Mark has been in the world of steel since 2002. His breath and depth of knowledge in steel construction started from being on the tools as an installer of steel frame homes. When he was overseas, he became a construction manager with responsibilities from site management to machine installs, frame assembly, and training.
Then he returned to New Zealand and worked for a steel frame manufacturer and supplier in business development, where Mark was also proficient in different aspects of the business which included manufacturing operations. He also ran his own business building and supplying steel frame cabins.
Mark is currently the Sales Manager & Steel Specialist at Rollforming Services. He loves the variety in his work as well as helping clients’ see their ideas come to fruition.
Dr. Kaveh (Kawa) Andisheh – HERA
Kawa is the head of HERA’s Structural Systems. He holds a PhD from the University of Canterbury and completed Doctorate studies in structural engineering at the Technical University of Milan. Kawa has conducted research in various areas in structural and earthquake engineering areas and has had research published in numerous local and international engineering publications. Along with academic background, Kawa is a structural engineer with over 14 years’ experiences including more than 9 years’ work experience providing professional services to clients across Europe and Asia and more than 5 year’s recent professional experience in New Zealand. Kawa is fluent in several languages and he is a multi-Committee Member (AS/NZS) of Standards Australia and (NZS) Standards New Zealand.
Nick wears many different hats, he is CEO of Metals New Zealand and for the last 12 months has been leading the programme of work to establish the Sustainable Steel Council. Nick is passionate about the future for Light Steel frame (LSF) construction.
Prior to his time with Metals, Nick led Beacon Pathway, a not for profit which was focused on making New Zealand’s homes and neighborhoods more sustainable.
Nick is committed to living more sustainably, trialing the work commute by electric bike and train. Nick has installed alternative technology on his houses for years, using photovoltaic systems, solar heating, green roofs, & rainwater collection. His philosophy is to reduce your footprint, while still ensuring you have fun, but not at the expense of future generations.
Jamie Hodgeson – CH Engineering
Jamie started CH Engineering 11 years ago but has been in the building industry for 30 Years. He has extensive knowledge of Aluminum Joinery as well as all aspects for building both residential and commercial projects. In his spare time, he enjoys American muscle cars.
Bhaskar Sharama – Alrite Steel
Bhaskar Sharma was exposed to “Steel” some 40 years ago. After Studying Civil Engineering Bhaskar worked for a small building company, Hawkins Reinforcing Limited, Fletcher Reinforcing, Fletcher Steel and as International Business Sales & Marketing Manager for Fletcher Challenge Steel International Limited and later with a private export trading company in Auckland, NZ.
Bhaskar established his company “Alrite Steel” in 2003 and with his engineering background and experience has given Alrite Steel a competitive edge as a supplier of Steel Products into New Zealand and Pacific Islands. Alrite Steel & Services NZ Limited has extensive experience as Steel Stockists, Importers & Suppliers with warehousing in Auckland, Tauranga & Christchurch.
Alrite supplies all type of steel and associated products to projects, contractors and fabricators throughout New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries.
Our Steel Coils and Structural Steel sections are manufactured and supplied from reputable international steel mills, to meet compliance to New Zealand specifications, standards, Building Code and supplied to Nash, Hera & SCNZ Members.
Bhaskar is an active member of few of the New Zealand Pacific Business Councils.
Vicki Rose – Steelrite Framing
Vicki come’s from a chartered accountant background, where she worked in a CA’s office for the last 30 plus year’s. Vicki is married to Mark, they have 3 children and 2 grand-children.
Mark and Vicki purchased their first steel framing machine back in January 2017, they now have 3 steel framing machines and run Steelrite Framing in Tuakau. Steelrite Framing is a family business with Mark, Vicki and one of their sons’ involved. Prior to becoming involved in steel framing Mark and Vicki were involved in building construction specialising in commercial buildings.
“We believe steel framing is the way of the future”
Outside of work, they enjoy family time, water sports, dirt car racing and following their youngest daughter who is a competitive show-jumper, and they will be keenly following her around this season.
Alex Holly – Steel & Tube
Dr Charles Clifton – University of Auckland Associate Professor-Board adviser.
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.