Executive Board

Annemarie Mains

Annemarie Mains CKDNZ

NKBA President and holds the Conference and Sponsorship Portfolios

With a background in marketing communication - B.Com (Hons), Annemarie started her own event management business in the early 1980’s. In 2006 she decided to venture into a new direction - kitchen design. Annemarie is a New Zealand Certified Kitchen Designer (CKDNZ) in the Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin regions. 

Jared Dinneen

Jared Dinneen

Manufacturing/Supplier Representative and holds the Awards Portfolio

With a strong marketing career across the decorative surfaces industry and now in electrical/energy management solutions, Jared is extremely passionate about taking a key role in shaping the future of the kitchen and bathroom industry in NZ.

Overall Jared’s vision is for the NKBA to play an integral role in protecting our local industry and further promoting our talented design fraternity.

 
Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson

Auckland & Northland Representative and holds the Marketing Portfolio

Nick Thompson started with Fisher & Paykel Appliances in 1995 as a Tool Making Apprentice for the Production Machinery Division. After becoming trade certified he moved into the Product Development team and later into a Commercial role. With his extensive background in Engineering, Product Development and Business Development, Nick has since moved into a newly created position to support the New Zealand Specifier, Designer and Architect community.  

 
Trish Frankland

Trish Frankland

South Island Representative and holds the Membership Portfolio

Trish Frankland has been involved in the design arena since 1982 having been part of a leading kitchen design and manufacturing business, running her own independent kitchen and bathroom design studio for 20 years and more recently being a specification and design representative for one of New Zealand’s leading panel companies.

Trish has been heavily involved at NKBA Chapter level for the past 6 years, having held local Secretary, Treasurer and Chair roles and now as a mentor for students studying our courses.

“I am passionate in seeing the NKBA continue to grow and support New Zealand designers and manufacturers and I am hugely confident that the strong NKBA Executive Board can guide the organisation into the future".

 
Steve Kirk

Steve Kirk

Manufacturing / Supplier Representative and holds the Finance Portfolio

I am the Managing Director of Artisan Stone Limited, the South Island’s largest stone benchtop business specialising in bespoke, designer projects. My background includes 25 years of management from the corporate world with the ANZ Bank in Christchurch, Wellington and Melbourne, to medium sized business with Envirowaste when it was still part of the Fulton Hogan Group, and then purchased my own business 8 years ago.

Through the construction decline of 2009, the earthquakes, and years of aftershocks we have grown every year and established our own identity as Artisan Stone by Trethewey. Following an arduous relocation in February 2016 we are now concentrating on consolidation and achieving world class performance including commencement of an exciting Lean Management phase.

 
Michelle Manley

Michelle Manley

Secondee, Strategy & Risk

Michelle brings a passion for developing people and raising professional standards through industry led work based learning. With a strong general management background Michelle has worked with a range of industries to develop their people and build the capability and profile of their workforce. Her background includes roles within the tertiary education sector, public sector, not for profit sector, and industry training sector.  Currently Michelle is the NZ Country Manager for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a global professional standards body.

 
Val Spendelow

Val Spendelow

South of Auckland Representative and Chapter Liaison

Val worked for Formica NZ Ltd in sales and marketing roles over a period of 18 years and worked on the development of their colour range for high pressure laminate to be the leading supplier to the kitchen market.

She then worked for Carter Holt Harvey for 10 years in the marketing/sales department with low pressure melamine with colour and new products with a major influence in specification and sales into the residential market.

Val is an experienced public speaker on international trends, having gone to the Milan EuroCucina Fair every 2nd year for 10 years. She has been involved with NKBA over the past 20 years; having been Secretary, then Chairperson for the Auckland Chapter.

Val is presently employed by Cosentino.

 
Mark Bruce

Mark Bruce

CDS Representative and holds the Education Portfolio

Luckily enough to live in Whakatane, the best little town in New Zealand, Mark enjoys all the benefits of provincial NZ. Through his role as the National Kitchen Design tutor he also enjoys working and designing in our larger cities.

He is a current board member of CDS and holds the role of education. Previously representing kitchen design on the JITO board and currently working with BCITO, Mark has been involved in promoting and educating kitchen design for over a decade.

 
Suzie Rees - Executive Officer

Suzie Rees

Executive Officer

Previously working in the commercial construction sector in Christchurch, Suzie joined NKBA as Executive Officer in May 2012.

Over the past 5 years, Suzie has focused on the development of the NKBA by establishing good relationships with members and building strong foundations to support the growth of our Association.

Education is a primary focus for the Executive Board where we are closely aligned with CDS (Certified Designers Society) to support designers in becoming qualified and grow membership.

 
Donna Tomlinson

Donna Tomlinson

Assistant Executive Officer

More to come...