MEET THE TEAM
It was Managing Director Ralph Hill’s passion to design and construct his own homes that inevitably led to ownership of Loft Homes and Garages (and Build Smart Group Ltd). Ralph has a broad range of business ownership and projects experience spanning 35 years. In Ralph's early career, creating long term relationships with many of New Zealand’s largest retail groups instilled a strong sense of value around taking ownership of clients needs. Client satisfaction is a core value and Ralph is readily available and involved with all projects.
Operations Manager, Neil Henderson, immigrated from South Africa in 2008 to join the team at Loft Homes and Garages. In 1989 he completed Architectural Studies in Cape Town and whilst working for a prominent firm of Architects, his on-site involvements sparked a major interest in project management.
Neil started his own design and build business in 2004. Gaining experience in all facets including industrial and commercial projects. This culminated with the project management construction of a multi-million dollar hotel on South Africa’s East Coast before making the decision to emigrate to New Zealand.
Sales Manager Murray Walker has been in construction all his life. Starting in his father’s joinery shop he completed a Plumbing and Drain-laying apprenticeship but soon spotted a business opportunity. He successfully built one of Auckland’s first design and build kitchen companies for over 10 years before selling to pioneer and build a successful wardrobe & storage installation business...
Murray was one of Lofts 1st ever clients building a holiday Bach he still owns. When his old school mate Ralph offered the opportunity to join the Loft Homes and Garages team, Murray jumped at the chance.
Meet the bubbly friendly voice behind the phone when you contact us. Tara thrives on order and has the office operating in great form ensuring everyone (suppliers, contractors, employees, clients and even the IRD) want to cross their t's and dot their i's. Tara is a member of the National Association of Woman in Construction (NAWIC) and has been involved in many areas of the building industry from an administration / financial aspect and recently completed her Diploma in Interior Design. Tara brings a wealth of experience in office management and inspires us everyday with her consistently friendly nature and high skill levels.
Celia van wayenburg
Another face to the voice on the phone, this is Celia and she always has a smile.
Celia is a certified Xero Adviser with more than 20 years experience in office administration.
Her experience includes working in the Commercial Insurance and Banking industries for more than 20 years which has given her a broad range of knowledge. Contract works policies have been a real interest for her as there are so many facets to an excellent build.
Celia’s parents have a successful custom made furniture business operating for more than 30 years so she grew up learning what quality and professionalism looks like.