Meet the team2018-11-09T12:14:24+00:00


Grant McIntosh
Grant McIntoshC.E.O.
Grant joined his father, Ken in the family business in 1982 as Production Manager, coming from a background in commercial construction, quantity surveying and project management. He worked with his father, Ken until Ken handed over the reins to him in 1999.  At this time Grant moved into the role of Managing Director and took on the responsibility for McIntosh Timber Laminates Ltd.

When McIntosh Timber merged in 2012 & became TimberLab Solutions Ltd, Grant took on the role of C.E.O. & continues to move the Co forward in this role.

Grant is committed to ensuring TimberLab manufactures high quality structural engineered timber products by utilising technology and innovative, quality systems to build a trusted and continuing partnership with our clients, suppliers and staff so they are confident and proud to be working with TimberLab.

Owen Griffiths
Owen GriffithsSales and Marketing Director
Owen joined McIntosh in 1969 and has been involved for over 40 years in the development and manufacture of structural timber solutions.  Specialising in laminated timber, he has been involved in expanding the international awareness of NZ Glulam’s potential as a prime structural design option for The Company.  He has been instrumental in introducing NZ Glulam structures to a number of overseas markets that have previously been dominated by steel and concrete. These include a large number of distinctive timber structures in Australia, Asia and The Middle East.

Owen is an active member of Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association, Woodco and New Zealand Timber Design Society. He has presented various papers and spoken at a number of international seminars on timber design.

Darren Stead
Darren SteadGeneral Manager
Darren has been with TimberLab since 2010; originally as Operations Manager for Timberbond Industries prior to the merger with McIntosh Timber Laminates. He has worked within the timber industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles; predominantly in production and operations management in Timber Engineering. His role as GM is to ensure TimberLab remains at the forefront of engineered timber structures, by delivering second-to- none customer service and quality, through our programme of continuous improvement – Lean Manufacturing initiatives.
Andrew Hewitt
Andrew HewittProjects Manager
Andrew brings to TimberLab significant industry experience in project management and quantity surveying as well as systems management. Having dealt with large construction projects in Australia, Andrew offers our customers a practical depth of knowledge and competence. His thorough analysis of projects and their needs along with careful attention to detail, helps to ensure smooth progress in satisfying our customers’ expectations.
Sam Leslie
Sam LeslieTechnical Sales Manager
TimberLab welcomed Sam to the team in April 2018. Extending the boundaries for engineered timber solutions is an ongoing passion for TimberLab & Sam’s wealth of skills & experience will assist us on our journey to being New Zealand’s finest provider of engineered timber solutions.
Sam has spent the last 5 years helping to develop and educate the mass timber market in New Zealand. He was the Engineering and Innovation Manager at XLam NZ Ltd; Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturing plant in Australasia. He holds Bachelor of Engineering (1st class Hons) and Master of Engineering Management degrees from the University of Canterbury.
Sam’s passion is to see digital technology enhance engineered timber’s ability to expand horizons for the provision of detail designed, prefabricated construction packages.
Rommel de Jesus
Rommel de Jesus3D CAD/CAM Senior Draftsperson
Rommel joined the Company in 2011, bringing with him significant expertise in this specialist field of CAD/CAM drawing that greatly enhances our ability to provide our clients with solutions.

Rommel’s attention to detail is second to none. Concept design can also be brought to life with his ArchiCAD skills. With TimberLab now leading the market in CNC fabrication, Rommel has embraced and excelled in this monumental change to the company and his role.

Francine Rao
Francine Rao3D CAD/CAM Draftsperson
Started at TimberLab as a Trainee Draughtsperson early 2017 and is now excelling in this role, providing additional capacity in producing approval documents and manufacturing information for our CNC processing.
Laura Sos Martinez
Laura Sos MartinezQuantity Surveyor / Estimator
Laura joined the office staff in 2017 as our new Quantity Surveyor / Estimator. Laura, as well as having experience within the New Zealand market, has international experience acquired in her native Spain. She’s competently assisting with the ever-growing demands due to our additional work.
Lindsay Chapman
Lindsay ChapmanFinance Officer
Lindsay, when not crunching numbers is organising the despatch for all NZ wide jobs.
Dale Dobson
Dale DobsonOffice Administrator
Dale has organised the office at TimberLab for 13 years, also looking after shipping for exports and payroll, along with other project work.
Terry Frank
Terry FrankManufacturing Plant Manager
Terry joined the TimberLab team in July 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement principles. These skills were gained during his time in metal fabrication and foundry operations in Sydney, NSW. Terry is tasked with moving our manufacturing to the next level while maintaining TimberLab’s position as the leading Glulam manufacturer in Australasia.
Johnny Winter
Johnny WinterFactory Supervisor
Johnny joined the team out in the factory in 2017, as Factory Supervisor. Johnny brings a wealth of knowledge in Lean Principles and Factory Organisation and he’s proving to be a great asset in helping us on our continuous improvement journey.
The TimberLab
The TimberLabFactory Team
With a hard-working team of around 25, TimberLab Solutions Ltd has a large pool of experienced, qualified and talented employees in the factory who make up the team dedicated to providing the type of quality products our customers require. Our staff act with integrity and honesty; our clients know they can have confidence in TimberLab and its products.