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Darren Stead
Darren SteadManaging Director
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 35 years in a variety of roles; predominantly in production and operations management in Timber Engineering. Darren served The Company as General Manager for 6 years where he guided the day to day management. In May 2020 he was appointed Managing Director and 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. He is also dedicated to ensuring that 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.

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.
Manu Abraham
Manu AbrahamProjects Administrator
Manu joined the TimberLab team in March 2019 to assist in managing our projects; to ensure they flow smoothly from the quote stage, through CAD drafting into production & out at the delivery stage.

Manu’s background is in Engineering & Project Management. He possesses Bachelor of Engineering & Graduate Diploma in Project management and brings great attention to detail, with a calm & focused attitude

Juwairiyah Alam
Juwairiyah AlamCAD Draftsperson
Juwairiyah is an architectural qualified graduate and is providing additional capacity in the CAD Drawing department, producing approval documents for our customers and manufacturing information for our factory and CNC processing.
Mariana Troyano
Mariana TroyanoProduction Planner
Mariana is providing a vital link between our projects and production teams, with responsibility for ensuring projects are delivered on time, in full and to specification. Mariana brings experience from other manufacturing industries and export shipping to our team.
Trevor Yates
Trevor YatesQuality Officer
Trevor has brought a wealth of experience with him from outside the manufacturing sector and brings a fresh pair of eyes to his position at TimberLab. He will be working with us to continually improve systems, procedures and robust quality management.
Daniele Vicario
Daniele VicarioCAD Technician
TimberLab were very fortunate to acquire the services of this experienced technician with over 10 years’ experience in the offsite mass timber construction industry. Daniele Vicario gained his early knowledge in Italy as a design freelance professional, pioneering the advanced offsite CLT detailing design in many projects of all sizes from small houses to schools and commercial buildings. Daniele has a strong passion for sustainability, efficiency and overall building comfort.
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 15 years, also looking after shipping for exports and payroll, along with other project work.
Eti Sopoaga
Eti SopoagaManufacturing Plant Manager
TimberLab welcomed Eti to the team in March 2019. Eti brought with him a wealth of knowledge in Production Management & excellent leadership skills.
His experience with Lean Manufacturing and robust management style will aid in his role in managing production & to maintain TimberLab’s position as the leading Glulam manufacturer in Australasia.
Daryl Saunders
Daryl SaundersFinishing / CNC Section Supervisor
Daryl came to TimberLab after arriving from the United Kingdom in April 2018 with plenty of carpentry and joinery skills. While at TimberLab, he has become our lead CNC programmer and operator. He was promoted to this supervisory role in July 2019, where his focus is ensuring our quality standards are maintained and developing our CNC capabilities.
The TimberLab Team
The TimberLab TeamFactory 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.