Board & Management Team

Board of Directors

Kyle Donovan

Kyle Donovan
Director – CEO International

Kyle Donovan

Director – CEO International

Kyle joined Donovan Group 11 years ago, following seven years in the banking and financial sector. Driving business growth has been a focus for Kyle which has involved developing engineering and software innovations into workable, commercial entities. This has included patenting the Bracketless Portal System, developing the company’s pre-engineering building system and software, and more recently managing a joint venture for the creation of the Tapered Box Beam.

Kyle holds a business management degree from the Uni­versity of Waikato and has a particular interest in finance, business strategy and manufacturing.

Kyle Donovan
Brett Donovan

Brett Donovan
Director – CEO New Zealand

Brett Donovan

Director – CEO New Zealand

Brett joined Donovan Group in 1992, took on a directorship role in mid-2000 and co-founded Coresteel Buildings in 2005. Brett now places his focus on the advancement of a number of engineering and software innovations, including conceiving and developing the Bracketless Portal System, co-developing the company’s pre-engineering building system and software platform, and more recently, innovating the engineering behind the Tapered Box Beam system.

Brett has qualifications in project management, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and automation.

Brett Donovan
Tim Williams

Tim Williams
Director

Tim Williams

Director

Tim spent 17 years in Japan where he co-founded ValueClick and later founded ValueCommerce. ValueClick was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2000 and bought out in 2004. In 2005 ValueCommerce sold a 49% stake to Yahoo Japan and later listed the company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tim is invested in numerous sectors and actively involved at the board level in four companies. These range from start ups, grow companies, to a publicly listed company.

Tim holds a BSc(Hon 1) in molecular genetics from the University of Canterbury. He joined Donovan Group in 2015 as a shareholder and director.

Tim Williams

Management Team

Warren Dingle

Warren Dingle
Modern Building Product

Warren Dingle

Modern Building Product

Warren has an extensive background in sales and management, including a sales and manufacturing role with Multisecure in London and a Sales Manager role at Steel and Tube from 2000-2008. Warren has been with Donovan Group since 2008 and is responsible for sales and purchasing of a number of products within Modern Building Product.

Warren uses his networking skills to build and maintain customer relationships and in turn, is a key factor in the growth of the Donovan Group customer base.

Warren Dingle
Jessica Price

Jessica Price
Operations Manager, Design Station

Jessica Price

Operations Manager, Design Station

Since joining Donovan Group in 2009, Jessica has developed her skills as a draughtsperson, detailing everything from large commercial complexes, through to a range of lifestyle homes and sheds. As the manager of Design Station, Jessica ensures the smooth operations of the draughting and engineering teams.

Jessica has a New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology from NorthTec.

Jessica Price
Kerry McCollum

Kerry McCollum
Head Engineer, Donovan Group

Kerry McCollum

Head Engineer, Donovan Group

With over 20 years experience as a structural engineer and project manager, Kerry’s wealth of knowledge and experience has been of great significance in the development of Donovan Group’s key engineering innovations over the past seven and a half years. Kerry leads the engineering team to deliver innovative, client-focused engineering solutions.

Kerry is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a member of both the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and the Structural Engineers Society of NZ.

Kerry McCollum
David Walker

David Walker
Chief Operations Officer, Donovan Group

David Walker

Chief Operations Officer, Donovan Group

David joined Donovan Group in 2017 and has responsibility for the company’s manufacturing operations (health & safety, quality and productivity), starting with the creation of work packages for the machine centres, to customer delivery. David kick-started his career with a Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing from Massey University and established himself during 10 years at Sunbeam Appliances, where he worked his way up to general manager of manufacturing. His subsequent role as operations manager at Golden Bay Cement included implementing a $100m site upgrade and in 2006 he completed an MBA from Massey University.

More recently David ran the Griffins biscuit manufacturing site in Auckland and later moved to Carter Holt Harvey LVL Plan at Marsden Point where he managed process improvement and reliability, later integrating these with quality assurance.

David Walker
Gary Hall

Gary Hall
Modern Building Product

Gary Hall

Modern Building Product

Gary Hall and Tim Williams founded Modern Building Product Ltd in 2014, with a view to supplying modern, cost-effective and innovative building products to the New Zealand construction industry. Tim was introduced to Gary’s associates Brett and Kyle Donovan not long after, and due to obvious synergies, Tim became a shareholder of Donovan Group. Modern Building Product has since become an integral part of Donovan Group.

In Gary’s role as General Manager of Modern Building Product, his key skills of negotiation and networking have enabled the group to secure the supply of a number of innovative and cost-effective building solutions.

Gary is an advocate for vertical integration and is continually looking for opportunities to add value to Donovan Group’s offerings, in order to ensure the company’s franchisees have a competitive advantage. He looks forward to continuing to play a key role in product development, procurement, sales and marketing.

Gary Hall
Ata Mitchell

Ata Mitchell
HR Advisor

Ata Mitchell

HR Advisor

Ata is responsible for the HR function of strengthening the people capabilities within Donovan Group in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction.

Ata brings a wealth of experience in human resources, manufacturing, supply chain management, operations and logistics, with a laser focus on providing excellent service and HR advisory advice to our team and managers across the business. She has a diverse business background from human resources, dairy industry, manufacturing industry, supply chain management, through to people support strategies.

Ata Mitchell is a member of HRINZ (Human Resources Institute of New Zealand) has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and a Post Graduate Diploma of Commerce specialising in Human Resources and Operations & Supply Chain Management from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Ata Mitchell
Sarah Aubrey

Sarah Aubrey
Marketing Manager

Sarah Aubrey

Marketing Manager

Sarah started in the Donovan Group team in 2019. She has 12 years of marketing experience working across a variety of global businesses across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Her primary responsibilities are to set the long term strategic marketing direction for Coresteel Buildings, KiwiSpanNZ, and Trenz Create a Home brands. Sarah is responsible for ensuring effective marketing targeting and spend across all marketing channels, and adherence to national brand standards.
Sarah Aubrey
Julius Sargent

Julius Sargent
NZ Commercial Manager

Julius Sargent

NZ Commercial Manager

Julius joined the Donovan Group team in 2018. He brings extensive sales, marketing, franchising and management skills gained from a wide industry range of multinational businesses and private companies.
He brings an extensive network of contacts from his corporate experience. His primary responsibilities are the management and development of the Donovan Group franchisee networks. A member of the Donovan Group Senior Management Team, Julius works closely with operations, finance, design station and marketing functional heads.
Julius Sargent
Larissa Daly

Larissa Daly
Business Analyst

Larissa Daly

Business Analyst

Larissa joined the business in 2018 and has a Systems Analysis & Computer Science background with experience designing software & business solutions.
Her primary responsibilities are identifying business development needs, systems analysis, identifying process design improvements, software design support and training.
Larissa Daly
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