Our Team

We have skilled team members ready to help you throughout New Zealand.

Several of our team members are qualified in Illumination Engineering, having completed the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) at Massey University. Many are also technical members of the professional body for lighting engineers, the IESANZ. Search here by region for your local Rexel lighting expert.

Upper North Island

Katarien Mulder

Area Lighting Manager
Kat joined Rexel Lighting midway through 2016, and brings with her 15 years of Lighting Design & Sales experience
in the Commercial and Residential sector within New Zealand. She has a degree in Spatial Design and a Post Graduate Certificate in Illumination engineering, is active in the IES as a Technical member and has organised several IESANZ Lighting awards. Having worked in both sales and as a consultant she understands the requirements needed to achieve a successful project. As well as excellent communication skills and the ability to build & sustain important client relationships, she has a true passion for Lighting and Lighting Design
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Robert Lloyd

Key Accounts - Lighting
Rob has been working in the lighting industry for over 8 years in Auckland.
He specialises in LED lighting & control with a home automation design & installation background. Robert looks after some of Auckland's largest electrical contractors, he is their first call for all their lighting needs.
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Sherie Darvill

Lighting Sales Representative
Sherie covers the Ideal branch network throughout the Upper North Island, and looks after the lighting requirements for Ideal’s contractors in this region. As well as a strong focus on customer service, she has an
interest in Human Centric lighting and the use of light to facilitate healthy environments. Her Bachelor of Nursing and 10+ years in the medical field offers a unique insight into these fields, along with the skills to build and maintain strong relationships with clients.
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Ali McGraw

Senior Lighting Designer
Alison has worked in the lighting industry since 2007, following a career in IT and telecommunications. She has a special interest in technical lighting, and in using lighting to improve the quality of life for people in aged care facilities.
BA, Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting), TechIES
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Abhi Dipak

Lighting Design & Sales
Abhishek graduated University with a degree in Electrical Engineering
and joined the Rexel Lighting team in 2018. He has great customer service skills and has a real passion for Lighting, Lighting Designs & Lighting Technologies including IOT and Lighting Controls
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Central North Island

Alex Geisler

Key Account Manager Lighting and Energy Efficiency
Alex is a registered electrician with 12 years’ experience in the electrical industry and over 7 years in the lighting industry.
He holds a Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting) from Massey University and having worked in both installation and the specifying of luminaires he is well positioned in the field of Retrofit Lighting. Alex is also a Technical member of the IES.
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Letty Uttinger

Area Sales Representative
Letty joined the Rexel Lighting team in 2016
after 8 years’ experience in the electrical wholesaling industry . Letty’s role is to service the Central North Island region in all aspects of design, specification and sales. Letty is also a graduate of Massey's Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting) course, is a Technical member of the IES and is currently studying for her MBA.
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Maurice Davies

Lighting Designer
Maurice joined Rexel Lighting midway through 2018, and brings with him over 15 years of Lighting Design & Sales experience
in the Residential and Commercial sector within New Zealand. He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Illumination engineering from Christchurch, and is a Technical member of the IES and has completed training in AGI32. Maurice is Lighting designer for the central North Island, Waikato and BOP regions and enjoys working within the Rexel team and says that 'no challenge is too much'!
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Lower North Island

Cedric Williams

Area Lighting Manager
Cedric joins the Rexel Lighting team with over 20 years experience
in design and project management. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts as well as a Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting). Cedric is a Technical member of the IES and currently sits on the IES New Zealand board. Cerdric’s role is to service the Lower North Island in all aspects of Commercial, Industrial, Retail and Architectural Lighting Design and Specification
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Jo Cox

Sales Representative
Jo joined the Rexel Lighting team in June 2018
after a successful career with Robus Lighting and has come from a retail and corporate sales environment. She is well versed in the mechanics of business and the value of forging solid business relationships with clients. She is a great listener, has excellent communication skills and has a great “can do” attitude. Being a qualified Interior Designer, Jo has a genuine passion for Interior Design and understands the importance of Lighting
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Ken Cuttle

Lighting Designer
Ken has over 20 years experience working in New Zealand's lighting
and electrical goods industry. Ken also undertook AGi32 training overseas. From 2003 to 2013 Ken worked as an independent lighting design consultant. This period provided invaluable insight into design and specification business. Ken is passionate about light and design. He is often involved in helping organise technical meetings and seminars with like-minded industry professionals. In recent years he has published two papers on his own research on the relationship between safety, and lighting, and managing risk through lighting design. Ken is based in our Wellington office, his role is to provide design and technical support within the lighting team. Ken specialises in designing energy-efficient, Industrial, Commercial, Education, Retail, Sports-field, Road and Public-space lighting. He is also keen to take on new challenges.
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Ray Abed

Sales Representative
Ray (Abdul) Abed started working for the company as a project co-ordinator at Ideal Electrical in Auckland. Recently he moved his young family to Wellington to take up a role with Rexel Lighting, calling on specifiers and key customers and working with our Ideal branches to support lighting sales. Ray is in the second year of the Illumination Engineering course at Massey University.
Upper South Island

Travis Booth

Area Lighting Manager
Travis has over ten years experience in the lighting market
with expertise in lighting designs and project management.
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Brad Eiffe

Retrofit Lighting Specialist
Brad joined the Rexel Lighting team back in January 2018
after returning from an extensive period living overseas. He has run his own business as well as being involved in Electrical Wholesaling. Brad brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and is an expert in the field of energy efficiency.
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Robert Smith

Key Account Manager - Lighting
Robert has over 43 years experience in the Electrical industry
both in installation and wholesaling. Robert's role is to liaise with key accounts, Large end users and Electrical Contractors. He offers experienced advice from his years within the industry to aide Customers in making the best Energy Efficient decisions for their projects.
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Struan Banks

Area Sales Representative
Struan has a long and varied background in sales and marketing
and has worked in the logistics and residential housing sectors and has recently joining the lighting team calling on our Architect Specifiers in Christchurch and the greater Canterbury area.
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Christina Wust-McLaren

Lighting Design Manager
Christina's skills are in management and coordination
and since her move into lighting, she has completed a number of in-house training courses including AGI32 and has graduated from Massey University with a Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting) . Her role in the lighting team is pertinent to Rexel providing a full solution service with a focus on lighting design for the Upper South Island.
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Stu Wilson

Lighting Designer
Stu has joined the Rexel Lighting team from a background
in the Civil and Survey cad industry and Lighting Design. Stu started his Lighting Design career in Street Lighting and specialises in exterior, sports, carparks and street Lighting
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Sarah Leighs

Lighting Sales & Support
Sarah has joined the lighting team with a background in energy efficient lighting
and covers all aspects of our day-day lighting offer in her support role
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Lower South Island

Steve Long

Area Lighting Manager
Steve has over 25 years industry experience in lighting design
and branch management. Steve's role is to offer effective lighting design solutions as well as liaising with specifiers and electrical engineers.
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Ray Cocker

Lighting Sales and Design
Ray has over 30 years experience in the electrical industry, with the majority as an Electronics Technician,
as well as a practicing electrician and a sales rep. Ray's electrical background has provided a strong base for his transition to Lighting. Ray's role focuses on Lighting Design and Quotes, along with providing support for contractors, architects and specifiers. Ray holds a Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting) from Massey University and is also a technical member of the IES and has over 10 years in lighting industry.
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Nathan Tupaea

Lighting Sales, Design and Specfications
Nathan has been part of the Ideal family for over 6 years and is a successful graduate of the Rexel Lighting cadetship programme.
In 2016 Nathan joined the Rexel Lighting team in Christchurch. He studied illumination engineering at Otago Polytechnic in 2015 and from 2016 to 2018 he completed a Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting) from Massey University. Nathan has since relocated back to Dunedin, his role is sales, design and lighting specifications servicing the Dunedin and wider Otago region.
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National Office

Nick Danks

Managing Director Lighting and Energy Efficiency
Nick has been in the electrical industry for 20+ years
he is a Qualified Electrician with a passion for lighting, he has been with the Ideal family for the past 6 years working as a Branch Manager and has previously held the role of Lighting Manager for the Upper North Island. Nick brings with him a wealth of knowledge of lighting gained though being a project manager for one of the largest electrical contractors and his time as the manager of the biggest regional team in Rexel Lighting.
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Eric Ryde

Technical Manager
Eric has 20 + years experience both in NZ and the UK in commercial lighting product design,
manufacture and testing. Encompassing all types of luminaries from HID to LED and lighting controls. Eric's focus is on technical support for imported and locally manufactured Lighting Product.
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Sam Paulsen

Technical Assistant
Sam comes from a family of electricians
and recently moved from customer service to the Rexel technical lighting team in Wellington with a degree in Innovation Design specialising in Industrial Design from Victoria University. She has a talent for calmly achieving what’s required in the desired time frame while continuing a high standard of work
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Darren Yang

Emergency Lighting Designs and Sales
Darren is a specialised Emergency Lighting designer. He is able to help you with all your emergency lighting design needs across all of New Zealand.

Sam Liu

Retro Fit Lighting Sales Representative
Sam is an expert in upgrading your current lighting to a new energy efficient LED solution, saving you money on maintenance and energy costs

Michelle Gray

Purchasing & Category Coordinator
Michelle has completed the Grad Cert Sci Tech (Lighting) qualification from Massey University and has a keen interest in lighting. In her role looking after the lighting category she deals with all matters related to our existing lighting suppliers, including vendor co-ordination, category management, product support, and financial, commercial & operational matters. Michelle is based at Ideal's Support Office in Mt Wellington.