NKBA Executive Board

Nick Thompson

NKBA President and holds the Marketing and Finance Portfolios

Nick Thompson has been a member of the NKBA NZ Board since 2015 and has held Auckland Northland Representative and the Vice President positions governing the Marketing and Finance portfolios. Over the past five years, Nick has consistently shown his support for the NKBA community through his commitment to the Board, as an advocate for the industry and in his current role as Builder Manager with Fisher and Paykel Appliances.

Nick has a true passion for design, innovation and construction and with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry he brings to the Board an extensive Engineering, Marketing and Sales, Product and Business Development background.

In his role as President, Nick will continue the strong legacy of trust, communication and collaboration that has helped grow the NKBA into the dynamic and focused membership organisation it is today.

Mark Bruce

NKBA Vice President and holds the Education and Conference 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.

Mike Arthur

Manufacturing/Supplier Representative and holds the Strategy and Risk and Finance Portfolios

Mike has worked across several industries (manufacturing, industrial, energy and retail) in sales management and commercial roles. He has enjoyed working in the building industry over the last four years and joined Laminex as General Manager in 2019. Mike is keen to ensure we act in the best interests of our people and our communities which is why he is a founding member of the New Zealand Engineered Stone Advisory Group; a group committed to ensuring engineered stone is safely managed and processed by local fabricators. Mike has a strong interest in design and the integration of form and function in great design, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and architecture.

Mike is keen to join the board as the Manufacturer/Supplier Representative to continue the great work of the national body of the NKBA in supporting, promoting and protecting our local industry. Mike believes it’s important to collectively manage the risks of global competition, to develop industry skills and promote and certify talented designers. He also wants to help continue to grow the reputation of NKBA, to be respected by the industry’s designers, manufacturers and consumers.

Davinia Sutton

South Island Representative and holds the Membership Portfolio

With the backbone of a Diploma in Interior Design and Bachelor of Arts in Spatial Design, Davinia has now been in the industry for eighteen years – in business since the age of twenty-three and operating ‘Detail by Davinia Sutton’ for the past ten years. Her design practice – based in Merivale, Christchurch – is a high-end bespoke interior architecture business with projects across New Zealand and Australia, specialising in the ‘hard spaces of the home’: kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, dressing rooms, media rooms and study areas to name a few.

Now an opportunity has arisen where she can give back to an industry that has grown her business and provided a launching pad for her successes. She has a passion for everything design and a sincere desire for the national body of the NKBA to be extended further – building on the foundations that have been created and grown to a level that it is truly respected amongst the industry and consumers alike.

Alison Thirkettle-Tawharu

South of Auckland to Wellington Regional Representative and holds the Chapter Liaison and Awards Portfolios

Alison TT has been working in the building industry since 1988, starting out as a kitchen designer and becoming qualified as a Certified Kitchen Designer.
In 2002 she moved from design into a sales role, continuing her passion for the kitchen industry while building on her knowledge and skills.
She has served on NKBA committees as secretary a number of times and was Chair of NKBA Wellington for the past three years. Alison is also the current Chapter Chair for NAWIC Wellington (Women in Construction)
Alison’s current role is as an Architectural Manager for NZ Panels Group – a leading manufacturer and supplier to the interiors industry.

Mal Corboy

Auckland & Northland Regional Representative and holds the Sponsorship Portfolio

I became a member of the NKBA in 1999, and then a CDS member in 2003, during which time I served on both the Taranaki and Auckland chapters, as well as the CDS Board. Currently, I am serving as vice-chairperson of the Auckland Chapter. In the past, I had the pleasure of being on the National Executive Board and served as President from 2003 – 2006.
During my time as President, I represented New Zealand on the International Kitchen and Bath Federation Board, which comprised of members from all around the world.
My career has spanned over 32 years, which has seen me involved in all aspects of the industry, from manufacturing through-to design; I have won over 45 design awards nationally and internationally and have had the honor of judging awards both locally and globally. Of the 32 years of experience, 25 of those years have been running my own business.

Milvia Hannah

Education Representative and holds the Education Portfolio

Milvia lives in the sunny and exciting Capital City of Wellington, and has been in the Kitchen and Bathroom Design industry for 34 years, being an active Member of the NKBA.

During this time, Milvia has gained the following Qualifications and NKBA Awards:

Certified Master Kitchen Designer NZ
Certified Master Bathroom Designer NZ
Diploma in Kitchen Design

Kitchen Designer of the Year
Bathroom Designer of the Year
Wellington Regional Winner and numerous other awards

Being an active Member of the NKBA, her roles have included:
- Wellington Chapter Chairperson - Executive Board Member - Vice President - President
- Past President - CDS Board Member

Currently the Tutor for Level 5 Diploma in Kitchen Design for the BCITO/NKBA Education

Milvia’s main passion is design, and she appreciates and enjoys working in an industry that allows expression of style, skill and talent, in an ever-changing landscape.
Coupled with experience and knowledge Milvia focuses on transcending and enhancing client’s living spaces, to create a balanced environment.

Nicola Manning

Designers of NKBA Representative

Nicola Manning established Nicola Manning Design in September 2002. She specialises in residential interior design, particularly large-scale renovation and new house builds, offering a full interior design service including kitchen and bathroom design.
A multi award-winning designer, Nicola has received many accolades over the years from the NKBA Excellence in Design Awards and other national awards programmes.
Having completed an Associate Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration from Rhodec International, a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and a specialist NKBA Kitchen Course, Nicola Manning has a wealth of experience and industry knowledge.
Nicola is a Professional Member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (PDINZ), a Member and Board Member of the NKBA and the Designers of NKBA Chairperson.

Suzie Rees

Executive Officer

Suzie Rees joined the Executive team of NKBA NZ in 2012. Over the past eight years, Suzie has led NKBA into a significant new era for the membership. With a greater focus and investment in education and improved professionalism of the industry, Suzie has worked alongside the NKBA Board to offer members and industry a higher level of qualification and training, more industry events and learning opportunities and greater networking prospects.

Through this education work programme, Suzie has seen an increase in the number of younger members of NKBA, of young people choosing kitchen and bathroom design as a career and a greater uptake of course, conference and NKBA Excellence in Design Award participants.

Suzie has more than a decade of experience in General Management and brings to the table strategic planning, operation expertise and highly developed skills in partnership growth that are extremely valued by NKBA members and the Board.

Rachael Kwok

Assistant Executive Officer

Rachael Kwok is responsible for marketing and events at NKBA NZ and works closely alongside Suzie Rees, NKBA’s Executive Officer. Rachael joined NKBA in early 2018 and in this time has enhanced brand awareness of NKBA, increased membership and industry communications and delivered a more diverse marketing approach to NKBA and its members.

Honing her marketing and event skill set in her previous role at Christchurch City Council where she developed and managed promotional campaigns for the Christchurch Art Gallery and large scale events including the Rugby World Cup, NZ IceFest, World Buskers Festival and New Zealand Cup and Show Week, Rachael brings invaluable experience to NKBA and its Board.

With a love of design and a focus on the future of NKBA, Rachael is proud of how the marketing space has grown over the past few years and how changes have improved the membership offering and the benefit of NKBA to its members.