The Team

The Team
Neil Ridgway
Managing Director / Owner
Bio

With over 30 years experience in the international acoustic ceilings industry our founder and Managing Director Neil Ridgway brings a wealth of experience and know how to the company. Neil is responsible for strategic planning, governance, business performance as well as new product initiatives and technical support.

Random factor about me...
I did the original AJ Hacket Queenstown bungy jump as a symbolic leap of faith in the future when I started Asona over 15 years ago. Its been a wild but rewarding ride.

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

Anne Ridgway
Finance Manager / Owner
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

Roy Parish
Production Operations 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.

CREATIVE
Bio
Suzanne Pooley
National Sales & Specifications Manager
Bio

With over twenty years sales and marketing experience in the commercial design and manufacturing industry, Suzanne provides clients with assistance in technical specification and acoustic product advice for interior fit outs. She has strong attention to detail and a passion for helping create exceptional spaces in both design and acoustics.

Random fact about me:
I have two belts in kick boxing.

Slogan for life:
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Guilty Pleasure:
70% dark chocolate.

Claire Johnston
Sales Operations & Projects Administration Manager
Bio

Claire is responsible for meeting company objectives through delivery of accurate on time estimation services, tender and bid management and project management of supply and installation. Claire keeps a strong focus on accurate detailing of projects and orders for production.

Slogan for life…
Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard works achieves success and then greatness will come.

Favourite saying…
Positive thoughts bring positive outcomes.

What inspires me...
I love to be challenged and to continually develop in both my personal life and career. What inspires me the most are my family and positive people.

KNOWLEDGEABLE
Bio
Tony Bamforth
Technical Specifications Representative & Account Manager
Bio

Inspired by a family heavily involved in construction, Tony provides a wealth of product and installation knowledge to Asona clients. He is a qualified ceiling installer by trade and has many years’ experience in product sales. His account management role focuses on clients in the upper North Island.

Slogan for life…
Do it once. Do it right!

Favourite saying…
Life’s short, get amongst it!

Guilty Pleasure…
Fishing and Hunting.

BESPOKE
Bio
Jaqueline Holt
Technical Specifications Representative
Bio

Experienced in Architectural Specification and Trade Sales with a demonstrated history in working in interior and exterior decorative materials industry, Jacqui is a solution provider to suit all your needs. She is project focused from conception through to finish. She also has a passion for travel and has 10 years work experience working for Air New Zealand

Random fact about me:
I have two belts in kick boxing.

Slogan for life:
Have faith.

Guilty Pleasure:
A single malt whisky - (Glenmorangie)

Gina Quensell
Technical Specifications Representative
Bio

Gina has many years' experience within the Commercial Interior Industry and a high level of respect for NZ manufacturing. She loves working with technically focused creative professionals who innovate and incorporate a holistic approach to space. Gina passionate about Circular Economy principles + Biophilic Design.

Random fact about me:
The thought of ice block sticks hitting my teeth makes me shiver!

Slogan for life:
"... Poetry and hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go to where they can find you."

Whats inspires me:
Uncovering the subtleties of beauty wherever they may be found. Cherishing the unseen grace in the juxtaposition of things.

Elize Pretorius
Sales Support
Bio

As part of the Sales Team, Elize provides technical support to the sales team and to customers. She is a member of the Major Projects Team offering technical drawing and other in-depth product knowledge skills.

Slogan for life…
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.

Favourite saying…
Believe and you will receive

What inspires me...
The fact that the goals and purpose I strive for every day is achievable and that keeps me inspired.

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
Geoff Tully
Technical Specialist
Bio

Geoff is a highly experienced Technical Manager with over 40 years in the commercial construction and manufacturing industries. With a can-do attitude Geoff provides practical technical support to Asona’s clients, sales team, architects and contractors.

Random fact about me: 
I was named after Geoffrey Hurst the former English professional footballer, who remains the only man to have scores a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.

Favourite saying:  
Live long and prosper  

Guilty Pleasure:
A quiet Brandy

Alex Cao
Production Planner & Supply Chain Coordinator
Bio

Alex is responsible for successfully planning production and purchasing and supply chain functions for Asona, along with maintaining the accuracy of our order and stock software systems. Alex has a strong focus on process improvement and continually strives to develop systems to exceed time/cost/quality targets

Slogan for life...
99% of success is based on hard work

Random fact about me...
I am very interested in Chinese & European history

Favourite saying…
It is what it is

Ling Xie
Accountant
Bio

Ling uses her exceptional accounting skills to ensure that Asona's financial information is accurate and current and implementing the company's accounting and financial reporting functions. Ling makes sure that all the t’s are crossed and all the i’s are dotted.

What inspires me to do what I do...
I like daily challenges

Slogan for Life...
Face life with a smile

Favourite saying...
Chance favours the prepared mind

Rebecca Ridgway
Sales Support
Bio

As part of the Sales Team, it is Rebecca's role to provide technical support to the sales team and she is a member of the Major Projects Team offering technical drawing and other in-depth product knowledge skills. Rebecca is also responsible for the maintenance and integrity of data & information stored in the company's systems.

Slogan for life…
Keep calm and keep learning.

Random fact about me…
I like to draw and make art often.

What inspires me...
A challenge.

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.

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