Directors

Logan Smith
Managing Director and Co-Founder

 

With over 15 years of experience in the construction and business world Logan brings a wealth of understanding and experience to everything he does.

With an ability to think outside the box Logan’s main strengths lay in his ability  to view everything as an opportunity to learn, progress and help those around him. With a view on business that has people and fresh ideas at its heart Logan brings a different view point to the table that is utilized to the benefit of those around him.

Logan is proudly an alumni of the Ice House Owner Manager Program – OMP 33

Logan’s core day to day role in The Collaborative Group is as Co-Managing Director specifically focusing on new and existing business development and Finance.

David Newton
Managing Director and Co-Founder

 

Bringing over 30 years’ experience in the commercial construction industry, David offers a vast wealth of experience to any project. David has spent the last 20 years in various senior management roles and also running his own successful businesses, whilst enjoying many highly successful and awarded major projects, he always works with enthusiasm and integrity to ensure the clients high expectations are at a minimum achieved and more importantly exceeded.

David’s core roles in The Collaborative Group are as co-Managing Director specifically focusing on business operations, overseeing Project management and mentor-ship of the entire construction team using his wide range of knowledge and skills to enhance everything he is involved in.

 

The Team

Ashkan Khosravi
Operations Manager

Ash comes to The Collaborative Group as our Operations Manager, Ash works alongside every member of our team to ensure we promote excellence in all that we do.

Ash brings with him a diverse and varied background covering all aspects of our business and has a Bachelor of Interior, Spacial Design and Interior Architecture which is sure to be used daily!

Ash has worked his way up through the construction industry ranks from Sales support, Account manager to the incredibly busy role of Internal Project Manager and Estimator for a leading interior NZ specialist, enabling him to have a thorough understanding of most aspects of our business which in turn makes him a powerful manager for our team.

Ash in his spare time is also the co-founder and co-manager of the Yari Youth Group that aims to provide migrant youths opportunities, support and guidance towards gaining tertiary education.

And like all of us at The Collaborative Group, Ash is a big dog lover too!

Vala Fu
Quantity Surveyor

Vala is an experienced Quantity Surveyor with over five years' experience in the competitive New Zealand commercial construction industry. After she graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) in 2014, Vala quickly gained life experience and professionalism in her field, constantly learning new methods and methodologies, gaining key knowledge and skills through a huge variety of different projects.

In 2019, Vala joined The Fitout Collaborative team as our Quantity Surveyor, bringing her high motivation and solid experience. Her professional quoting skills and key solid relationships with our sub-contractors benefit our company by providing our clients what they want within their budget.

Vala always follows the rule "Do it efficiently, Do it effectively" not only during work but also in life.


 

Rafiq Fareed
Project Manager

Rafiq joined the Fitout Collaborative team in March 2019, with over 18 years of experience in joinery, commercial construction and the shopfitting industry.

Qualified as a Production Engineer with Masters in Production Management, Rafiq is also a certified PRINCE2 project management professional.

Rafiq brings with him a wide knowledge of tools and techniques to enhance the smooth and efficient process of any project's life cycle.

Rafiq is very focused on delivering high quality projects, on time and on budget with the health and safety of all a key factor.

He is a hard and smart worker with a positive attitude, a good team player and has key problem solving skills.

Andrew Leng
Project Manager

Andrew has been a part of the New Zealand Construction industry since 2014, starting out as a site labourer on residential projects, allowing him to gain hands on knowledge and essential work experience.

Andrew has spent the last three years working hard on obtaining his Bachelors of Construction Degree, majoring in Construction Management which he will be using to further his career with us as one of our key Project Managers.

Andrew is a hard working individual who is eager to learn, loves a new challenge and has an attention for detail in everything he does, plus brings youth, energy and a dynamic sense of humour to our close knit team.

Andrew joined the team at Fitout Collaborative to expand his knowledge into the commercial construction industry and utilise his Degree to its full potential.


Eldred Baatjes
Site Manager

Natalie Newton
Sales Manager

Natalie has over 28 years of retail industry knowledge, worked her way up from sales assistant to general manager of luxury men’s suiting retailer and was integral in introducing successfully the International ladieswear dept into this store, working with luxury labels such as Brioni, Hugo Boss, DVF, Paul Smith, Zegna, Joseph, Mulberry - in this store Natalie and her team won the highly acclaimed Drapers Record Independent Retailer of the year award 2005 - to move on to then become the Head of Personal Shopping and Ladieswear for Harvey Nicolls Manchester with clients such as Victoria Beckham, Sharon Osborne, Danni Minogue, Justin Timberlake to name drop a few, also running the Womenswear floor in this highly prestigious department store with over 56 staff and trainee managers as direct reports.

Natalie brings a wealth of experience encompassing all aspects of retail management, HR support, visual merchandising and multi-site management at the highest level in New Zealand.

Since arriving in New Zealand in 2008 Natalie has established herself working with Franchise businesses - managing over 25 business owners country wide for Harrisons ( Carpet One) and 12 business for their Curtain franchise - personally winning the respected Westpac Franchise Association of New Zealand Field Manager of the year award for businesses retailing over $500k 2015.

Natalie also completed an Interior Design Institute diploma course in 2017 to add to her skill set.