The Team

The Team
Neil Ridgway
Managing Director
Bio

As Managing Director of Asona, Neil is responsible for business performance, new initiatives, technical advice and the strategic direction of the company.

Random fact about me...
I did a bungy jump at the original AJ Hacket Queenstown site to celebrate the start of my own business over a decade ago.

Slogan for life…
A vision without a plan is just a hallucination.

Guilty pleasure…
Cross-country dirt biking.

Anne Ridgway
Finance Manager
Bio

Asona’s Financial Manager, Anne is the head of accounting, and oversees the preparation of financial reports, balance sheets and income statements - 

What inspired me to do what I do…
I wanted to join Neil in building a successful and profitable company. The daily challenges offer many opportunities for personal growth.

Slogan for life…
There is always a solution to every problem, don't give up until you find it.

Random fact about me…
Back in the 80's, I used to own and run a market stall in Covent Garden, London

Craig Cornwall
Marketing & Architectural Services Manager New Zealand & Australia
Bio

Marketing & Architectural Services Manager for New Zealand & Australia, Craig is responsible for the promotion of Asona's commercial product range to architects & specifiers to the New Zealand & Australian markets.

Random fact about me…
I was one of the youngest creative directors of a top London advertising agency.

What inspires me to do what I do…
Passionate people who believe in what they are doing.

Guilty pleasure…
Art in all it's forms.

CREATIVE
Bio
Roy Parish
Manufacturing & Contracts Manager
Bio

Roy is our Manufacturing & Contracts Manager with the role of overseeing manufacturing production, installs, production scheduling, warehousing and the production staff. No easy feat but one that Roy takes in his stride.

Slogan for life…
If you do what you have always done, you will be what you have always been.

Favourite saying…
In theory it should work.

Guilty pleasure…
A hot curry and a cold beer.

Bryan Pandan
Senior Estimator
Bio

As Senior Estimator it is Bryan’s job to sharpen his pencil on all the quotes that pass his way ensuring that our customers get the best prices along with the best products to solve their acoustic solutions. Bryans experience in the Middle East means he can haggle with the best of them and yet he remains one of the nicest men you will meet.

Random fact about me…
My surname is the same as a favourite Asian flavour.

Slogan for life…
Be happy, life’s too short not to be.

What inspires me to do what I do…
My family & myself - family as they fuel me to do what I need to do and myself knowing that I did well & continue to do so.

ACOUSTIC
Bio
Matthew Collie
National Specifications Manager
Bio

Matthew joins us as National Specifications Manager with many years’ experience in a similar role. Matthew will be working with architects and design professionals to develop strategic relationships that will be the bridge between design & manufacturing that turns architects dreams into real success stories..

What inspires me:
Engaging with people, I rarely tire of it. The satisfaction I gain from collaborating with good people to solve problems and find solutions keeps me enthused.

Favourite saying:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Random fact:
I am a closet PC gamer

KNOWLEDGEABLE
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Mike Baker
Commercial Sales Manager
Bio

Mike Baker brings to the team 25 years of professional sales experience having previously worked in similar roles at Winstone Wallboards and ITM. Mike is passionate about what he does and has a “customer centric” view with an outlook on insuring long term customer relationships.

Favourite saying:
Work hard, play hard.

Slogan for life:
Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Random fact:
I am a Welshman, born there and immigrated with my parents as a child.

Brian Mossong
Technical Specifications Manager - Ceilings
Bio

Brian is a legend within the construction industry with over 30 years of technical experience in various roles. If Brian doesn’t know how it’s put together then you can bet that he will not rest until he does. Brian brings his considerable experience into the role of Technical Specifications Manager further underpinning Asona’s ethos to supply the very best advice to architects, design professionals and contractors.

What inspires me:
I love the ceiling industry and acoustics.

Slogan for life:
Don’t stress it may never happen.

Favourite saying:
What’s your order number?

Emily Ridgway
Accounts Administrator
Bio

Emily is our Accounts Administrator, aide-de-camp to Anne and manages accounts received, payable and the all-important staff wages. Emily brings a dash of colour to the office.

Random fact about me…
I have been playing the clarinet for 12 years (I’m still not very good at it).

What inspires me to do what I do…
Anthropology; I always found biology interesting and social activism is important to me- so when I read about it at the courses & careers day at high school I fell in love and wanted to do it forever (I am currently going for my PhD). As for working at Asona- it’s a family thing.

Guilty pleasure…
Playing sims 3 while eating microwave self-saucing puddings.

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Andre Cowan
Technical Sales Representative
Bio

Andre rounds out our sales team. He is a qualified acoustician formerly employed by Marshall Day Acoustics. Andre collaborates with architects and acoustic consultants across the country advising them on acoustic and aesthetic design.

Random fact about me...
Unintentionally laughing louder than everyone else.

What inspires me to do what I do…
Working with great people on interesting ideas that solve problems.

Guilty pleasure…
I have won numerous motorsport championships.

BESPOKE
Bio
Marjolein Duindam
Project Administrator
Bio

As part of the Production team, it is Marjolein's role to support the production & operations team with procurement, invoicing and logistics including responsibility for the control, analysis and maintenance of all data and informational systems.

Slogan for life…
Follow your heart and choose to be happy.

Favourite saying…
What you think about you bring about.

Random fact about me...
I have lived in 5 countries before the age of 15.

Diego Angeli
Install Engineer
Bio

Diego is the other half of our dynamic install team. Trained in Italy and France in installing stretched membrane systems, Diego has many successful high profile installs under his belt and is Asona’s authority in installing our stretched membrane systems.

What inspires me…
The personal satisfaction in always trying to do my best.

Guilty pleasure…
If it is a pleasure, it is not guilty.

Random fact…
I love horse riding. I did several treks in Italy and a memorable one in the Moroccan desert.

Afa Maiava
Warehouse Leader
Bio

Afa oversees the efficient receipt, storage and dispatch of Asona goods. He is a vital part of the supply chain process ensuring goods are received and dispatched appropriately on time and complete.

Random fact:
I am a big N.R.L Manly supporter

Slogan for life:
Don’t sweat the small stuff

Favourite saying:
Are you serious?

Jenny Ellis
Reception / Production Support
Bio

Jenny is our front -of- house and first point of contact for clients and suppliers either phoning-in or visiting Asona. Jenny also supports production working with IT systems/applications which are currently being used by production to maintain the supply chain & dispatch process.

Random fact:
I am a neat freak

What inspires me:
To be part of a team and help others

Slogan for life:
Love your children they are the most precious gift you will ever receive.

INNOVATIVE
Bio
Mei Li Wang
Junior Estimator
Bio

The Junior Estimator position is responsible for assisting the Senior Estimator with estimates, quotations and CAD drawings and providing an excellent service for our customers.

What inspires me:
I love architecture, drawing & numbers; this drove me to become an estimator

Slogan for life:
Live for your dreams

Random fact:
I secretly want to be a fashionista

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