Team

As Prolam has grown, so has our team. We couldn't do this without the depth of knowledge, skill and experience of our wonderful team.

Many have been with the company from its early days and helped it become a knowledge bank in treated and glulam timber.

Whether it’s in the office, the factory or on site, our staff have the “know-how” to manage any laminated project, anywhere.

Would you like to join the team? check our Careers page.

 

John Woodman - Managing Director

John Woodman

Managing Director

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John Woodman

Managing Director

John's journey began in 2002 when he founded Prolam after spending 18 years as the Operations Manager at Motueka Lumber. With a strong emphasis on customer-driven innovation, he has steered Prolam to become the leading supplier of engineered timber across New Zealand. John's visionary leadership has inspired his team to consistently exceed expectations, ensuring Prolam remains at the forefront of the industry. Beyond his entrepreneurial pursuits, John deeply values his team, serving as a motivating role model and fostering a supportive work environment where everyone thrives.

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Rachel Woodman - Production Planner

Rachel Woodman

Production Planner

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Rachel Woodman

Production Planner

Rachel brings over a decade of expertise to her role as Production Planner at Prolam, having joined the company in 2011. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for efficiency, Rachel plays a pivotal role in orchestrating the seamless production. Her dedication to optimising processes and resource management ensures that Prolam consistently meets and exceeds customer expectations while upholding the highest standards of quality and sustainability. Rachel's collaborative approach and effective communication skills make her an invaluable asset to the Prolam team, driving continued success.

 

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Fred Smith - Procurement Manager

Fred Smith

Procurement Manager

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Fred Smith

Procurement Manager

Fred is our adept Procurement Manager at Prolam NZ. With a sharp focus on optimising operations, Fred oversees the entire supply chain process, from sourcing materials to managing logistics. His proactive approach ensures efficiency and quality throughout, contributing significantly to our success. As a vital member of our team, Fred plays a crucial role in ensuring seamless operations and customer satisfaction.

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Reuben Woodman - Sales Manager

Reuben Woodman

Sales Manager

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Reuben Woodman

Sales Manager

As the Sales Manager at Prolam, Reuben oversees sales representatives, support and marketing efforts, ensuring exceptional service throughout the customer journey. With over a decade of timber industry experience, he leads a dedicated team focused on providing trustworthy and reliable support to architects, engineers, builders, and wholesalers alike. Together, they strive to keep customers at the top of their game by staying ahead of industry trends and delivering top-notch service.

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Damon Taggart - Little Sydney Sawmill Performance Manager

Damon Taggart

Little Sydney Sawmill Performance Manager

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Damon Taggart

Little Sydney Sawmill Performance Manager

Damon, the seasoned Performance Manager at Little Sydney Sawmill in Motueka. Damon's extensive experience and strategic leadership were instrumental in reviving the sawmill's operations. Now, as Performance Manager, he oversees all facets of the sawmill's operations, prioritising asset management, optimising performance, and ensuring the health and safety of both assets and personnel. 

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Owen Smith - Projects Manager

Owen Smith

Projects Manager

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Owen Smith

Projects Manager

Owen has been an integral part of the Prolam Team since 2009, bringing valuable knowledge from many years of involvement in the Civil construction and Building Industry. Beginning as Factory Manager for 5 years before transitioning into sales and Technical support roles, Owen has acquired a comprehensive understanding of the laminating process and engineered product applications. Today, as our Project Manager, he leads our team in project work and drives innovations to enhance our processes and products.

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Wesley Verboom - Waiwhero Site Manager

Wesley Verboom

Waiwhero Site Manager

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Wesley Verboom

Waiwhero Site Manager

Wesley brings extensive experience and unwavering dedication to his role. He ensures top-quality products and provides steadfast support to his team. His responsibilities include production team leadership, health & safety compliance, fostering team morale, and talent acquisition and development. He oversees production targets, equipment maintenance, recruitment, and continuous improvement initiatives. Wesley excels in optimising performance and ensuring a positive work culture, contributing significantly to the site's success.

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Burkley Woodman - Business Development

Burkley Woodman

Business Development

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Burkley Woodman

Business Development

Burkley, a recent addition to our team, brings fresh perspective and enthusiasm to his Business Development role. Since joining, he's been indispensable in both system implementation, product development, including the Prolam PLX Portal, and managing our IT systems. Burkley's dedication and proactive approach embody our commitment to innovation and excellence across all projects he's involved in.

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Daniel Brownlees  - Software Development Manager

Daniel Brownlees

Software Development Manager

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Daniel Brownlees

Software Development Manager

Daniel, our pivotal software engineer at Prolam NZ, blends civil engineering expertise with software development to create efficient solutions. He spearheads projects like the Prolam Specifier, gathering customer feedback to ensure our software meets evolving needs. Daniel's collaborative spirit and problem-solving skills drive our technological advancements, making him a key asset. He epitomises our commitment to excellence and innovation, shaping Prolam's future.

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Kit Sara  - Design, Research & Development.

Kit Sara

Design, Research & Development.

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Kit Sara

Design, Research & Development.

Kit, our skilled Project Engineer at Prolam. With a keen focus on product development and innovation, Kit plays a pivotal role in driving our projects forward. Leveraging expertise in engineering and design, Kit is instrumental in bringing new ideas to life and improving existing products.
With a commitment to excellence, Kit ensures that every project meets the highest standards of quality and efficiency. Whether it's developing new products or enhancing existing ones, Kit's dedication to innovation is unmatched.

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Zubin Karami - Structural Engineer

Zubin Karami

Structural Engineer

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Zubin Karami

Structural Engineer

Meet Zubin, our skilled structural engineer. Zubin is at the forefront of our research and development efforts, particularly focusing on pioneering projects like PLX20 Beam. He brings a wealth of expertise to providing technical support to our customers, ensuring they receive the highest level of assistance. With Zubin's dedication to innovation and excellence, he plays a crucial role in driving our company's success in the field of structural engineering.

 

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Lizzy Dadge - Marketing and Communications Manager

Lizzy Dadge

Marketing and Communications Manager

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Lizzy Dadge

Marketing and Communications Manager

Lizzy joined Prolam in 2024, infusing our marketing and communications efforts with fresh energy and creativity. As a key member of our team, Lizzy spearheads innovative strategies to enhance our brand presence and engage with our audience effectively. Her passion for marketing excellence and commitment to clear communication make her a valuable asset to the team. We're excited to see the impact Lizzy continues to make as she helps us reach new heights in marketing and communications.

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Ebony Wood - Marketing Executive

Ebony Wood

Marketing Executive

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Ebony Wood

Marketing Executive

Ebony's journey with us began in early 2019, initially focusing on customer service and stock control. However, her dedication and keen understanding of customer needs quickly propelled her to the role of Marketing Executive.
With a steadfast commitment to customer satisfaction, Ebony ensures that every marketing initiative is tailored to meet our customers' diverse needs. Her deep product knowledge allows her to articulate our offerings with clarity and confidence, providing invaluable support to our customers.

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Emmerson Deck - Account Manager

Emmerson Deck

Account Manager

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Emmerson Deck

Account Manager

Emmerson joined Prolam in November 2017. He oversees accounts in the Taranaki, Lower North Island, Upper South Island, and Southland regions, with a specific focus on providing exceptional customer service. His unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction drives his passion for delivering innovative timber solutions to the New Zealand building industry. Collaborating closely with his team, Emmerson ensures that clients receive tailored, top-notch service at every interaction. 

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Jared Dewar - Account Manager

Jared Dewar

Account Manager

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Jared Dewar

Account Manager

With over two decades of sales experience in the timber industry, Jared is committed to connecting New Zealand architects, builders, and merchants with top-quality Prolam engineered structural timber products. As the Prolam Account Manager for Auckland, Northland, and Waikato, Jared ensures exceptional service from product specification to after-sales support.

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Balraj Singh - Sales Support

Balraj Singh

Sales Support

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Balraj Singh

Sales Support

With over 10 years of experience in saw milling, logistics, and distribution, Balraj provides top-notch service to local and international customers. His commitment is evident in ensuring customers receive exceptional service from start to finish – from selecting products to order processing, timely delivery, and ongoing support.

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Zachary Underwood - Sales Support

Zachary Underwood

Sales Support

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Zachary Underwood

Sales Support

Meet Zachary, a vibrant addition to the Prolam Sales team. With a passion for learning and a drive to excel, Zachary has quickly become an integral part of our business, he brings enthusiasm and organisation to every interaction with our customers. 

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Heather Johnson  - Accounts Payable

Heather Johnson

Accounts Payable

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Heather Johnson

Accounts Payable

Meet Heather, the Accounts Support at Prolam. She assists with accounts payable and receivable, ensuring invoices are processed promptly and payments are made on time. Heather's focus on accuracy and attention to detail helps maintain financial integrity, contributing to the smooth and efficient operation of Prolam.

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Lyla McLean - Customer Service Team Leader

Lyla McLean

Customer Service Team Leader

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Lyla McLean

Customer Service Team Leader

Meet Lyla, the backbone of our exceptional customer service team at Prolam. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, Lyla ensures every client interaction exceeds expectations. She empowers her team to excel, fostering collaboration, empathy, and professionalism. Lyla's leadership is instrumental in upholding our commitment to customer satisfaction and team success at Prolam.

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Chloe Toniza - Administration

Chloe Toniza

Administration

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Chloe Toniza

Administration

Chloe joined the Prolam team in July 2017, diving headfirst into the dynamic atmosphere at our Little Sydney Sawmill in Motueka. Her responsibilities span across customer service, administration, and managing inbound and outbound timber operations, making her an invaluable asset to Prolam. Chloe's diligent daily administration oversight ensures smooth operations at the site.

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Leonie Wood - Customer Service and Dispatch

Leonie Wood

Customer Service and Dispatch

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Leonie Wood

Customer Service and Dispatch

Joining our team in 2021, Leonie has injected great energy into our customer service department. Her vibrant presence has revitalised our team, enhancing our ability to deliver exceptional service. Leonie handles customer inquiries and ensures timely order dispatch, demonstrating her commitment to efficiency and reliability. We're thrilled to have her on board.

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Jirawan (Judy) Kudrass  - Administration and Stock Control

Jirawan (Judy) Kudrass

Administration and Stock Control

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Jirawan (Judy) Kudrass

Administration and Stock Control

Jirawan joined us in late 2019 as the inaugural user of our new stock processing system. Her role now encompasses stock control, order processing, and various administrative tasks. Jirawan's dedication, efficiency, and strong attention to detail make her an invaluable member of our team.

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Ruth Pequiro - Customer Service & Administration

Ruth Pequiro

Customer Service & Administration

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Ruth Pequiro

Customer Service & Administration

Ruth joined the team in 2018, contributing her expertise to customer service and administrative operations. Renowned for her upbeat demeanour and proactive approach, she adeptly manages tasks such as invoicing, credit, and customer services. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for delivering excellence, Ruth plays a pivotal role in ensuring client satisfaction.

 

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