The Team

Ashhurst Engineering and Construction has evolved into a highly successful, steel fabrication, machining, manufacturing and construction company with approximately 50 plus staff across our two New Zealand Branches.

The Team

Dave Hoskin

Dave Hoskin
Managing Director

Dave started with AEC in 1996 and is the principal owner and manager of the Ashhurst Engineering and Construction team.

Dave develops the strategic direction for the company, he also liaises with customers, management and staff to ensure we have the resources and processes in place to consistently fulfil our promise to deliver quality products and services, on time, to the required specifications, and on budget.


Jim McCarten
Business Development Manager

Jim is an experienced, qualified engineer with a thorough understanding of the demands within the engineering industry. Jim’s focus is on investigating new business opportunities within the engineering and electricity industries while maintaining and improving on Ashhurst Engineering’s high standards and reputation.

With the addition of Ashhurst Engineering’s Christchurch branch in 2016, Jim is involved in promoting initiatives and strategies for increasing fabrication and site work throughout the South Island as the company looks to meet the Southern demands.

Ashhurst Engineering has always been proactive at increasing market share whilst maintaining the high standards set by the company and its staff. This is an extremely important part of the business and involves the complete management team to ensure we not only meet, but try to exceed our client’s expectations.


Alister Bradley
Senior Project Manager

Alister oversees large projects and site work for clients in the construction and electricity industries throughout New Zealand. Drawing on over 25 years of experience with Ashhurst Engineering, Alister is able to find effective solutions to any issues that arise on a job.

Alister says the most satisfying part of his work is seeing projects through from start to successful completion, and Alister sets high standards from the outset. "I believe in completing each job to the same standard I'd want it done for me" he says.


Nathan Harris
Operations Manager

Nathan joined the Ashhurst Engineering and Construction team in May 2017 as our Operations Manager.

Nathan is a trade qualified engineer with 12 years experience in structural engineering and construction and is responsible for overall workshop operations. Nathan is passionate about engineering and prides himself on delivering top quality products on time. Nathan also enjoys being able to work with clients from design through to the finished product whilst ensuring key recording, quality and Health and Safety practices are maintained.

Tony Andersen
Project Manager

Tony is a key member of the Ashhurst Engineering team and specialises in Hydro Generation refurbishment, however his skills and experience with fabrication, site work and construction are extensively used throughout the business. Tony focuses on consistently delivering quality to our clients and on schedule. After 14 years with AEC Tony continues to enjoy the challenges that site work brings and being involved in large project work.

In 2007, Tony was named the Skills4Work Top Apprentice Year 3+ in the lower north island. He holds a National Certificate in - Level 4 Heavy Fabrication and has gained significant industry experience as a supervisor before moving into project management.

Tony Bell
CNC Manager

Tony programs our CNC machines and manages our Profile cutting department & Plate inventory and provides price estimates for potential customers.

Tony has over a decade of experience working with CNC machinery. He continually looks for ways to improve the productivity, efficiency and quality of the CNC services at AEC, and he approaches even the most challenging projects with confidence that "it can be done and it will be done."


Ansar Khan
Project Estimator

Ansar joined the Ashhurst Engineering in May 2014 as a Project Estimator. As a qualified Mechatronics Engineer with more than 14 years experience, Ansar is responsible for the Tenders and quotes for Electrical and Mechanical Industries. Ansar also undertakes Project Management for the transmission lines including tower raising and attachment points.
Ansar’s previous background was in HV electrical components for substations and power stations. He brings great knowledge and expertise within the manufacture and installation of a wide range of equipment for the electricity industry.


Mark Brokenshire

Mark joined Ashhurst Engineering and Construction in June 2016 and has 35 years of experience working in the building and construction industry both in New Zealand and Overseas.

Mark is one of our Estimators and liaises directly with clients to make sure all their requirements are met. From the moment of first client estimator contact Mark works through the estimation process and upon acceptance is involved in the handover to the project and operations managers ensuring a seamless transition of information prior to fabrication and installation.

Mark is proactive with Health and Safety and has a good understanding of site procedures and protocols which assists in any client site measure requirements.


Darryl De Ridder
Workshop Foreman

Darryl is a key interface between the workshop and management. On a daily basis Darryl looks after the staff on the floor in the workshop and carries out many of the QA checks, on top of this Darryl has a lot of site experience. He is passionate about what he does and the staff he looks after. Darryl completed his apprenticeship with NZ Railways and now has over 35 years of engineering experience throughout Australasia.

Darryl’s vast experience means he can manage a large variety of fabrication and general engineering jobs and offers considerable expertise when both on site and in the workshop. He thoroughly enjoys achieving a job which exceeds the customer’s requirements.


Kaylee Hurly
Health & Safety Officer and Training Manager

Kaylee began at Ashhurst Engineering in 2013 and transitioned from her receptionist role to become Training Manager and Health and Safety Officer for the company. Kaylee has since completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 of Health & Safety Representative training, chairs the Health and Safety Committee and is the Chief Fire Warden.

She has integrated skills and knowledge from her Bachelor of Education qualification into her role to be able to develop and revise Health and Safety policies and procedures and ensure these meet current legislation and are embedded in the day to day running of Ashhurst Engineering. With a proactive and positive attitude towards Health and Safety, Kaylee believes communication is the key to getting the safe message across to show that Health and Safety compliance is a key responsibility of Ashhurst Engineering.

Click the link below to see more about health & safety at Ashhurst Engineering: Health Safety Environment

Olivia Smith
Quality Co-ordinator & Production Administrator


Liv joined Ashhurst Engineering in July 2014 as our Receptionist before quickly progressing into her current role. She has close to a decades experience working in quality management and thrives on the challenges that this role brings.  With an eye for detail and the desire to understand “how” and “why”, Liv is often the go to person to implement systems to assist in achieving high quality
outcomes for the company and its customers.

Liv is heavily involved in the production administration here at Ashhurst Engineering. With an ability to understand aspects of technical drawings & specifications, Liv assists in achieving a smooth production process and helps troubleshoot any issues that may arise. This provides valuable support to our Production Managers enabling them to achieve and exceed our customer expectations.


Rodney Moore
South Island Branch Manager / Sales Rep

New to the Christchurch team in late 2017, Rodney’s role is split between Branch Management and continuing the growth of the expanding Ashhurst Engineering client base.

Rodney is a qualified Fitter & turner with broad experience ranging from tool making to several years in mining construction in Australia.The last 12 years Rodney has been an Account Manager in the Engineering and Construction industry based in Christchurch.


Deni Rimoni
South Island Operations Manager

Deni joined our Ashhurst Engineering and Construction team when we opened our new branch in Christchurch mid way through 2016. He is responsible for the overall operation in our Christchurch Workshop. Joining us Deni introduced our workshops to the fabrication of electrical switch gear components. Deni holds a NZCE Mechanical qualification and has 41 years of experience working in the engineering industry. Deni says the most enjoyable part of his job is the daily challenges it brings.