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:
  • Brian Miller is an Independent Director and Strategic advisor appointed to the Board 1 February 2022. He is also serving as Chair of the Board.
    Brian has a wide range of experience in the Association Management field, having recently stepped down after a long tenure as Master Painters New Zealand’s first full
    time CEO. He has served on various boards over the years including Master Painters Services Ltd and Chaired the New Zealand PainterCraft   read more

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.
  • 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.