Michelle van Gaalen – Managing Director
Michelle joined Smith&Smith® in April 2018 and has overall responsibility for the growth and development of Smith&Smith® and Laser Plumbing and Electrical in New Zealand.
Michelle has had an extensive career both in New Zealand and offshore, focused primarily in consumer services industries. This includes working in telecommunications, financial services, insurance and retailing businesses. Michelle is also currently a member of the board of the NZ Government Superannuation Fund Authority, and an independent director of FlexiGroup (New Zealand) Limited and its associated subsidiaries.
You can contact Michelle at MD@smithandsmith.co.nz
Andre May – Operations Director
Andre has been working in the vehicle glass repair and replacement industry for over 9 years in Australia, the United Kingdom and now in New Zealand. He joined Smith&Smith® in 2015.
Andre is responsible for the leadership of our Operations and Glass Distribution throughout New Zealand with a focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience.
Before commencing his career in vehicle glass repair and replacement Andre worked Telecommunications for 15 years.
Jan Jones – People & Leadership Director (Acting)
Jan leads the People & Leadership practices for Smith&Smith® to provide a people oriented, high performance culture.
Jan brings a depth of experience in various consulting, executive governance and senior management roles across a wide range of organisations including publicly listed, franchise, joint venture and not for profit. This covers strategic and operational leadership of cross functional and multi-disciplined teams including Sales and Marketing, Internal Communications, Public Relations and Human Resources.
Julian Lynch – Commercial Director
Julian has nearly 20 years experience within the Vehicle Glass Industry, starting his career with Autoglass UK in 1998 and moved to Australia with our sister company O’Brien in 2007. Julian then transferred to Smith&Smith® In 2012.
As Commercial Director, Julian is responsible for leading his team in Sales, Pricing and Key Account client relationships.
Martin Fairweather – Finance Director (Acting)
Martin is the Acting Financial Director for Smith&Smith®. He has held a number of senior executive roles in NZ and overseas in both the private and public sector. With the early half of his career in management consulting, Martin has gained significant experience working across many business disciplines with more recent focus around strategy, finance, operations and change.
Patrick Kuiper – IT and Digital Director
Patrick has over 15 years experience in large corporate organisations in diverse leadership roles in digital publishing, online media and healthcare in Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Industrial Information Science, MBA in Marketing and a Pre-Master in Management Science.
Patrick joined the company in 2016 and is responsible for the leadership and management of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as well as digital technology enablement and transformation within Smith&Smith®.