Who we are

The Board has 7 industry positions – 5 elected by the Trade Members and 2 from the
Master Brick & Blocklayers Manufacturing Council. Currently on the Board are:

Trade Member Representatives:

  • Craig King Craig is responsible for our Governance and Management workstream. His main focus currently is assisting the Federation to develop the Manufacturing Council. Craig is the managing director of CF King Contracting Limited in Auckland. Craig is an avid visitor to our National walking parks.
  • Kevin Heath Kevin leads the Health and Safety workstream for the Federation. Based in the lovely Bay of Plenty, Kevin runs Western Bay Bricklayers Ltd.
  • Jan Buckland Jan is based in Canterbury and was the cornerstone of the Brick and Block Association in Canterbury.  Jan is the Executive Officer of the Master Brick & Blocklayers and director of Buckland Brick and Blocklaying Ltd.
  • Simon Thelning Simon is based in Canterbury and runs S A Thelning Ltd which is a large commercial based company that actively trains Apprentices.

Manufacturing Council Representatives

  • Brendan Kerr (Chairperson). Based in Invercargill and operated Brendan Kerr Limited until recently taking up a role at Firth. Brendan’s Bricklaying background and Industry knowledge is a valuable asset to have on the Board.
  • In October 2014 the Board elected
    Steve Crossland as Technical Officer for the Federation to provide guidance and technical information for the Federation. Steve is the Technical & Specifications Manager (Masonry) for Firth. He is well respected by the Board for his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Industry.
  • Christy Thompson from Firth oversees the secretarial services for the Board.  Christy also is the champion for the Brick and Block Industry’s Silver Trowel award and strong supporter of the Auckland Masonry Trades Association.
  • Bryan Fifield from Midland Bricks NZ represents the Clay Brick & Pavers Manufacturing Association on the Board and his vast business and Industry knowledge is an asset to the Board.