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NKBA Executive Board

NKBA Executive Board

Jared Dinneen

NKBA President 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

NKBA Vice President and holds the Marketing and Finance Portfolios

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

Simon Harkness

Auckland Regional Representative and holds the Strategy and Risk Portfolio

Simon Harkness brings a wealth of knowledge from over 30 years in the retail and customer service arena. As CEO of Kitchen Studio for almost 4 years he is an experienced executive with a proven track record of inspiring Team Leadership & strong, sustainable Business Development in the retail industry. Skilled in Strategic & Business planning, Sales Management, Negotiation, Budgeting, Operational Management, and Coaching. Simon is passionate about innovation and delivering an exceptional customer experience.

Alison Thirkettle-Tawharu

Manufacturer/Supplier Representative and holds the Chapter Liaison Portfolio

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.

Mark Bruce

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.

Milvia Hannah

Central North Island Regional 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 passionate is design, and 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.

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.

Celia Visser

CDS Representative

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 6 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.

Rachael Kwok

Assistant Executive Officer