Beginning his employment as a mechanic, Phil managed a number of automotive workshops in the Waikato. He has owned a number successful businesses, and during this time served as a volunteer firefighter for 20+ years. Phil lives in the Bay of Plenty with his wife and children, in his spare time he enjoys fishing & diving, surfing and squash.
Paul has continually worked in the EWP industry since the middle of 1996. He started with Snorkel, at that time, as their National Sales and Marketing Manager for New Zealand. Along with his Sales and Marketing role, he was involved with the factory in Levin and Snorkels service providers around New Zealand. Operator training and safety were always a large part of what Snorkel believed in. In 1999 he was one of three who established, what became, HIANZ Silver card training for the Hire association.
In 2009 Paul left Snorkel and started Hire Knowledge Ltd a specialised EWP training company working nationwide. At the end of 2012 he gave technical assistance to the ITO for re-writing the NZQA Unit Standard assessments which are now being used by the ITO for all the assessors.
Being part of the team that put together the “Best Practice guide” he still attends national and international events to keep up with all thing’s EWP. After a term on the HIANZ board, he joined the EWPA board in 2014. He enjoys giving back to industry and in his spare time likes all forms of motor racing and restoring VMX motorcycles.
Tel: 021 358400
Employed in the Access Industry for the past 22 years, starting his career at Instant Access in the mid
90’s as a scaffold trainee, gaining suspended and scaffold tickets becoming a scaffolder. Neil then
moved to Owens Hire Wellington (Hirepool) to start their access and scaffold division.
Neil worked for Hirepool during the company’s rapid growth phase, moving to Auckland and taking up the role of National Access Manager.
Hirepool evolved from an Auckland centric business to a recognisable National hire brand. Neil became the company’s Commercial Manager, before moving to Sales & Marketing Manager, managing the sales and marketing of all the company’s brands and equipment hire nationwide.
In 2015, Neil decided a change was in order stepping away from the larger corporate size Hire Company, into partnership with Murray Rich from Rich Rigging, where the two men have carved out a Rental, Training & Transport business in Pro Services with Branches in Auckland & Wellington.
Now is a time to give back to the industry he enjoys, and believes his experience & attention to detail, coupled with a real passion for the Access Industry will be of significant value to the Association and membership.
Having previously served on the board Neil actively promotes industry and is proactive in his approach to dealing with issues, change and working with stakeholders.
He is a great team member and looks forward to an opportunity to represent members and industry as an elected board member of the EWPA.
Tel: 0275 434 547
Kenny has been involved in the EWPA since March 2011 and currently serves as Executive since March 2012. Originally from Scotland UK, Kenny is City & Guilds qualified in Integrated Plant Mechanics, HND Automotive
Management with Technology (NZ Level 6) and additionally NZQA Occupational Health & Safety Management.
Despite his youth full looks, he has over 20 years experience in the Plant & Construction industry in both UK & NZ, having worked with many of the market leaders in every facet of the business.
In the UK he was with Speedy Power formerly Coates Rentair (2000-2004) as Field Service Engineer covering
Scotland in its entirety, theHebridean Islands & specialised overseas contracts is areas such as Sardinia & Azerbjan. Pr
ior to this he worked for Hewden (1996-2000) as Field Service, after completion of his apprenticeshipwhich was
served between Hewden, Bob Tait & Vibroplant.
On arrival in NZ, Kenny joined Hirequip (2004-2011) initially as a Workshop Mechanic and became the Regional
Workshop Manager for the Northern Region (4 years).
Employed by Asplundh NZ until March 2014, as the Compliance/Fleet Manager NZ, which demonstrates his
transferrable skills where he can utilise his qualifications and experience in another specialised field. Currently
employed by Franklin Trees.
Tel: 027 4200015
Jason started his career as an Automotive Technician with Toyota, in Christchurch, after completing his trade certificate. He then moved onto forklifts/machinery, then to Access equipment in 2007 working for LiftX LTD. In this time Jason has worked on the floor, when LiftX only employed 2 staff, and has built the workshop up to 20 Employees with a dedicated EWP major inspection facility and New and Used sales platform. Jason's current Role is General Manager of LiftX and he is responsible for the daily running of the company.
Jason is an EWP Level 1 and 2 CBIP Inspector and has been actively involved in importing new and used EWP machines into New Zealand for resale. Also working to ensure compliance of machines and understanding the AS/NZ build standards.
Outside of work Jason has a wife and 2 daughters, 9yrs and 5yrs, that like to keep him on his toes. Jason also enjoys getting out in his jetboat, fishing and playing around with a couple of classic cars.
Jason is very enthusiastic and passionate about the industry and is very willing to share his opinions. He would love the opportunity to represent the EWP industry as a board member.
Tel: 027 5533022
Scott has been employed in various machinery hire, service and repair businesses for the last 18+ years and the last 8 of those years have involved supply and maintenance of EWP’s during his roles with Powerlift and more recently Access Solutions.
Scott joined Access Solutions in 2013 as their Operations Manager looking after their nationwide Access &
Forklift fleet service management with a strong focus on machinery compliance and presentation and
company-wide customer service standards. His diverse industry background in machinery maintenance, rebuild and repair procedures gives him a solid understanding of engineering principals and standards required to ensure a machinery fleet is compliant and safe for the customer & operators that use the gear.
Scott assumed the General Manager role in 2015, with a renewed focus to maintain and improve on the current high standards of machinery presentation, safety and customer service that Access Solutions is already well known for. He leads a team of over 50 staff nationally who collectively look after over 1200 company and customer owned EWP and Forklift assets nationwide.
Scott has a passion for presenting high quality machinery in the best possible condition to the highest level of compliance and safety standards. This attributes combined with his cooperative and analytical personality traits are valued by his peers.
Tel: 021 240 0497
Brian is the Operations Manager at JLG Access Equipment and Services NZ. He has been employed by JLG NZ for the past two years as the Operations Manager overseeing the NZ sales, parts and service business. During his short time in NZ he works to ensure that JLG NZ leads the way in compliance with the relevant NZ Best Practice Guidelines, relevant Australian and NZ standards while ensuring that the highest possible safety and quality standards are met and exceeded.
Prior to commencing with JLG NZ, Brian was employed as the Area Service Manager for Coates Hire based in Darwin, Australia looking after all Coates Hire branches and sites in the Northern Territory and for a 14 month period all branches and sites in North West Western Australia. These sites included mine sites, construction sites, active gas sites and under construction gas sites. One of his main roles was ensuring compliance of nearly 1000 pieces of access equipment supplied by many different manufacturers.
Prior to Coates Hire he was employed in the Australian Regular Army as a diesel mechanic for over 21 years leaving the Australian Army as an Artificer Sergeant Major (ASM), Warrant Officer Class 2 responsible for a Brigade Headquarter and signals regiment compliance to differing mandatory compliance’s checks and audits. During the last year in the Australian Army Brian was awarded the ASM of the year for 2008.
As a board member for the EWPA, Brian strives to assist machine operators and owner/users with compliance to the NZ MEWP Best Practice Guidelines and to the relevant standards AS2550:10 and AS/NZS1418:10.
Tel: +64 21301655