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Meet The Team

 

 

Russell Cockburn - Chief Executive Officer

 

Russell joined Vestner in early 2017 as General Manager and became CEO in late August 2017.  Originally from Dunedin, Russell, for the past 25 years held many senior management and executive roles. Initially these had a finance and accounting focus, for the last 15 or so years, engaging as GM or MD at board level, both as Executive Management and/or Director for number of companies.

Russell has strong tertiary background, a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and finance, a qualified Chartered Accountant, diploma in Executive Management from the University of Otago MBA School, a Certified Director, and a member of the Directors Institute.

Russell has had an interesting mix of industry experience including Chartered Accountancy, Fishing, Seafood processing, Transport, Tourism, Manufacturing, Import/Distribution, Timber processing and allied manufacturing, Foreign exchange, Finance, and IT sectors.

More recently Russell was the majority owner of ICT technology business in Nelson for 8 Years, and GM and Director for a software development business also in Nelson during the past 5 years.

Not your typecast bean counter, Russell needs to be involved in all aspects of the organisation to deliver positive and agile outcomes. loves working with, coaching, and mentoring teams of capable people, to deliver great outcomes for customers.

Outside of work, Russell and his wife Andrea, have 3 strong minded adult daughters, both enjoy family, travel, and fishing, and Russell still manages to play masters basketball, albeit a little slower these days.

Nikki Macpherson – Sales & Service Administrator

 

Nikki joined Vestner in the later stages of 2016. Raised in Wellington she returned home to Canterbury with her family in 2015.  Nikki has a diverse background spanning FMCG Sales, Service Coordination in the health sector and more recently Project Coordination in the lift industry.  Nikki is passionate about matching the product solution that best suits our clients.  Commercial or residential if you need an access solution Nikki is there to help.  

 Away from work Nikki is a dedicated (sometimes vocal) side line supporter at her teenage sons school boy rugby games. She can often be found walking the port hills most weekends with her energetic Labradors and son in tow.

 

Daniel Marquet – Workshop Engineer

 

Daniel first worked as a mechanic servicing motor vehicles before commencing his apprenticeship with Pandect (now Vestner) on the ‘shop floor’. He passed with flying colours to become a Trade Qualified Mechanical Engineer - General Engineering.  Since that time he has been a key member of our production team and now oversees the workshop.

He takes a lead role in the manufacture of the more complex and custom built lifts and revels in the extra challenges and variety these projects present – as he says “they smoke my tyres”.

Daniel enjoys spending time with his young family and has an interest in tropical fish, especially Oscars. When holiday time comes, or weekend time allows, he looks forward to ‘heading for the hills’ hunting wild game, especially targeting venison and pork for the table, or alternatively for a spot of sea fishing.  


Dave McDonald - Assembler

 

Dave joined Pandect (now Vestner) as an assembler in 2011 having previously worked as a technician in the geology department of the University of Canterbury and in the tyre manufacturing industry. 

 Lift assembly is critical to Vestner lifts finished product and as Dave puts it “there is great satisfaction in working on a product for several days knowing the finished product is going to improve the quality of someone’s day to day life”.

A keen runner with a few NZ titles to his name (he is currently the over 50 yrs South Island Cross Country Champion and Canterbury Road Champion in age group) Dave’s other passion is as a ‘rock hound’ and it’s not uncommon to see him roaming the hills and rivers of the country searching for interesting minerals and fossils. He has one of the best private collections of minerals and fossils in the country and is the current Secretary (and past-President) of the Canterbury Mineral and Lapidary Club.

 

 Kevin Legge- Assembler

 

Pandect’s (now Vestner) newest team member Kevin joined us mid 2014. He is a Trade Qualified Fitter and Turner and has a high degree of skill in this field.  Past work experience has seen him work in a variety of positions in the engineering sector.  Kevin is also able to keep a watchful eye over the component parts and the assembly process to ensure the lifts maintain their high standard of finish. Kevin recently commented “It’s great to be working in a job with plenty of variety and to be involved with a company and its product that is of benefit to the community”

A keen ‘4 wheel driver’ and member of the Canterbury 4 Wheel Drive Club Kevin enjoys trips away to the back country where he can experience parts of the country that most people don’t get to see. He says it’s fantastic to be able to do this with the camaraderie of like minded people.

 

Scott Young - Lift Technician

 

Scott joined Vestner in 2016 as a lift technician.  He brings a valuable skill set being a registered electrician and with experience involving the installation of lifts.

Quickly gaining experience in Vestner products he is primarily responsible for the installation, servicing and repairs of Vestner lifts.  Alongside this his role extends to providing the same services for other lift companies who engage Vestner to install and maintain their lifts in the South Is.

Scott prides himself on delivering excellent customer service and as he says …our customers come first…

Residing in Sumner with his young family, Scott enjoys the laid-back beach lifestyle, a few nights with the guitar in hand and on the odd occasion, a relaxing trip to the rivers fishing.      

 

Mark Veitch – Branch Manager

 

Having worked in the health and disability sector for many years, Mark’s past experience and knowledge adds value to Vestner's customer service in providing access solutions for people with mobility needs and challenges.

Building & maintaining business relationships and having the ability to undertake larger projects is all part of Mark’s day to day work alongside overseeing the general operation of Vestner ensuring clients experience a professional and friendly experience. It is critically important to Mark that the company remains outcome focused at all times to ensure the best possible options and solutions are provided to clients.

Mark is keenly interested in the re-build of Christchurch, post earthquake, especially around the design of the CBD and the push for more inner city living. Aside from his strong family interests  and desire to one day own an American muscle car, he is somewhat of a connoisseur of the local café scene and as such is often seen sampling the culinary delights of the region albeit always after a brisk walk or bike ride (allegedly!)


Uwe Groer – Production Manager

 

Uwe is Vestner’s ‘European connection’, originating from Germany, and has been an integral member of the Pandect (now Vestner) team since 2004.

Initially trade qualified as an electrician Uwe then obtained a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Dortmund, Germany and has maintained his NZ Registered Electrician Certificate. Uwe has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked on solar power plants in Spain; solar furnaces for the German Aerospace Centre; and as a Research Fellow in solar thermal research with the Australian National University.  Uwe has the day to day responsibility for Pandect’s production output and is our electrical specialist.

Juggling the needs of a young family with his enjoyment of the ‘great outdoors’ Uwe and his family manage to make time for their passions of cycling, hiking and camping.

When asked what most amuses him working for Vestner he replied “listening to callers trying to correctly pronounce my name!” (For the record ‘Oover’)

Kathy Cowan – Accounts Administrator

 

Combining her Bachelor of Commerce degree with her previous experiences in a wide range of financial roles, Kathy looks after all day to day accounting functions for Vestner.  This challenging role is undertaken by her with tact and diplomacy to ensure accounts are both received and paid in an accurate and timely manner. Kathy says she enjoys coming to work for Vestner as she appreciates a company with professional financial and ethical business practises in place – “there are very few accounts hassles to deal with!”

This part time role with Vestner, allows Kathy to continue her work for the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival as Business Manager and Treasurer. She also maintains a very busy personal life looking after a ‘lifestyle block’; spending time with her grandchildren; and as a Bridge Club member. Combined with her love of gardening, wining/dining and travel we are amazed she still finds the time to support her husband’s motor racing activities!  

 

Michael Veronese – Lift Engineer


After initially entering the workforce as an Electrical Draftsman Michael gained his trade qualification as an Engineer in Heavy Fabrication and in furthering his skill set is now a Electrical Service Technician.

Having developed his experience and skills in Vestner's Pandect 1m and 1.5m lift series, Michael's focus in now on the manufacture and installation of the Pandect MAXIS series of lifts.  This change in focus has required Michael to further develop his overall lift expertise which he has mastered well.   

An avid ‘car tinkerer’ and motorbike ‘trail rider’ Michael is also currently in the throes of obtaining his Motorsport NZ License with a view to indulging in weekend class racing. He is passionate about the great outdoors with his weekends and holidays full of climbing, mountain biking, hunting & fishing activities although being recently married and purchasing their first home the bets are on as to when he will finally become domesticated!

 

Roger Hughes - Business Development Manager

 

Roger brings to Vestner a diverse background that includes several years selling/installing and servicing stairlifts, private contracting including telecommunication and data, teaching electronics & electro-mechanical engineering, product sales/service and NZ managerial roles. He has travelled extensively with the leading companies in office automation. He is always leading from the front and has never asked anyone to do something that he would not.

Rogers’ belief is that “we need to make the time to do the job right, rather than having to create the time to do it twice”.

Rogers’ married with three children and along with his wife (Julz) they have owned and run (amongst other ventures) a commercial laundry and have just completed building a commercial kitchen for his wife’s new cookie venture.

“I like the sense of making a difference, building the relationships, selling the right solution, looking after the customers ongoing needs and following up on a job well done”.

 

 

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