Team

Mark Watson

General
Manager

Mark Watson became General Manager of the Robinson Construction Group in March 2023. Joining Robinson Construction in 2005, Mark has been a key senior member of the Group, along with being project manager on many of our significant projects.

Mark is a qualified builder with over 30 years practical experience in building. Mark brings excellent practical knowledge to contract management. His previous sales and building experience ensures a commitment to quality project delivery and good communication with clients.

He is licensed under the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme, holds a NZ Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety, and is actively involved in the Marlborough Master Builders Association.

Along with a lifestyle section and horses, Mark now has five grand daughters that help occupy his spare time.

 

Nick Robinson

Construction Manager / Director

Nick completed his carpentry apprenticeship with Davis Building in Blenheim. He then worked as a carpenter and site foreman with Robinson Construction, taking on the role of Construction Manager in 1994.

Nick's ability as a problem solver is invaluable when working on complex projects.

Licenced under the Licenced Building Practitioner Scheme, Nick is also a current member of the Marlborough Master Builders Association.

Nick enjoys spending time out in his boat, and following his family’s sporting achievements.

 

Phil Robinson

Quantity Surveyor / Director

Phil trained in Wellington with the Ministry of Works and Development as a Quantity Surveyor, and has been back in Blenheim and at the helm of the company since 1984.

An innovative, "big picture" person, Phil revels in changing technology and new challenges.

Phil has been involved in the NZ Master Builders Federation, and is an active member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Having four grown up sons, Phil now has more time to spend doing things like mountain bike trail riding.

 

Glenn Pocock

Finance
Manager

Glenn relocated to Blenheim in 2021 with his wife Viv to take up his role as Robinson Construction Finance Manager. Glenn is responsible for all finance and administration related matters including legal, insurance, governance, and HR.

Prior to joining Robinson Construction Glenn worked with The Connect Group and Gough Caterpillar.

Glenn has over 25 years of experience working in finance and commercial roles and is a qualified accountant.

While not at work Glenn is an avid sports follower and social participant of golf, squash and skiing.

 

Colin Wood

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Re-joining the Robinson Construction QS team in April 2023, after being manager of the Group’s precast business, and before that spending 10 years pursuing a teaching career; Colin (known to all as Woody) is enjoying being back in the role he spent his formative construction career in.

Woody has spent over a decade in QS roles with both engineering and construction companies and brings fresh enthusiasm to ensure methods & processes are in line with current standards.

Woody’s role encompasses responsibility for estimating, tendering, and servicing of current construction projects at Robinson Construction; along with providing guidance to other team members.

In his spare time, although claiming to still be “the safest hands in Marlborough”, Woody’s cricket career has largely given way to now supporting the endeavours of his two kids.

 

James Young

Estimator

Joining the Robinson Construction QS team in November 2023, James has spent 6 years working as an estimator for a local building company, dealing with high-end residential and light commercial projects. His recent knowledge of the housing sector is invaluable for the current residential projects that we are working on. Having worked locally, James already has established relationships with local Marlborough subcontractors and suppliers; as well architects and engineers both locally and from around the country.

Being a qualified carpenter for a number of years prior to his estimating career, gives James further insight and understanding of the on-site work to be undertaken.

Outside of work, along with spending time with his young family, James enjoys hockey, fishing, camping and generally being outdoors.

 

Staff

Past and Present

Ever since the company has been involved in commercial building its staff numbers have been maintained in a range of 20 - 60.

That the company is generally regarded as a good employer is proven by the fact that a significant number of staff have stayed for over twenty years. The current site staff number about 35.

Many of Blenheim’s builders have served some time learning their own carpentry and concrete trade skills at Robinsons before embarking on their own businesses. Many of those, as smaller independent contractors, continue to provide a range of construction services to the company.

Robinson Construction retains an experienced team of expert builders, dedicated to delivering high quality outcomes in both commercial and residential construction projects.

Robinson Construction is fortunate to have a dedicated and long-serving admin team that ensure the efficient support of Management.

 

Janet Ashcroft

Administration and PA

Janet started in the Robinsons office in 2006, first working on accounts and reception, and then becoming PA to the Managing Director. Leaving at the end of 2012 on maternity leave, she returned in mid 2014 in a part time PA role. Since then, the role has evolved into one of administration and PA, to support managers in many facets of the Robinson Construction Group of companies.

Juggling work and family, Janet likes to spend time-out swimming, walking, and heading off to the family bach in the Abel Tasman in the summer months.

 

Jodie Brick

Project and Construction Coordinator

Jodie joined the Robinson Construction team in 2020, in a dedicated Construction Administrator role based on-site at the Marlborough District Library and Art Gallery project. With the very successful completion of that project, Jodie’s role has recently changed to now encompass all of Robinson’s projects that are managed through our project management software tool Procore; whilst providing support to Robinson’s Construction Manager and Site Managers.

Coming from a previous role in construction, and having a Dad who is a builder, Jodie has building in the blood!

With a couple of teenagers at home, and being our resident socialite, Jodie is a very busy lady.

 

Natalie McLagan

Payroll / Training / Accounts Administration

Starting in 2003, Natalie celebrated her 20 year anniversary with the company in April 2023. What else is there to say? Natalie has great attention to detail, and many years of experience in her role; and come payday, she is the most important person in the company!

Along with honing her pottery skills, Natalie and her husband are now empty nesters, and are enjoying getting out and seeing the world.

 

Heidi Culleton

Office Administrator / Receptionist

Originally from Nelson, Heidi started at Robinson Construction in 2023 after moving to Blenheim with her partner and young family. Heidi has spent several years in office and customer service roles, and with her can-do attitude and easy-going nature, has slotted into our office team effortlessly.

Heidi and her family are avid outdoors people, enjoying fishing and hunting in their spare time.

 

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