Chris Clews

Managing Director

Chris started DE Group. That was over 30 years ago.

In all that time, he’s never lost his passion for clever design, building things and solving problems. He’s built a strong team, too.

These days, Chris leaves a lot of the day-to-day responsibility in their hands, but you won’t find him far from the workshop, checking out what’s going on and making some ‘helpful’ suggestions.

Seriously, we’re lucky to have him. Chris is a relentless advocate for getting all the bugs ironed out, so our clients get an easy ride. It’s a customer-centric culture that gets results.

And it means he can truly relax when he goes fishing or hangs out at the bach on Rakino Island.

Tony Middleton

Production Manager

As well as a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and a Grad. Dip. in Industrial Design, Tony has an unstoppable desire to keep improving things. Productivity is what he’s all about.

Tony has been in the industry for over 21 years and reckons he’s just getting started. After all, there’s always a better way. What new technology or process can DE Group adopt to deliver something even better than before? That’s the mission Tony has made his own.

Outside working hours you’ll probably find him in the garden or spending time with his family. But he’s just as likely to be following his passion for new experiences and learning new things.

That’s what makes him a great person to have on the team.

Mark Clews

General Manager

Give Mark the challenge of a major fit-out, and he’s in his happy place. He loves the variety and intensity of bringing a project to life.

Mark backs up this enthusiasm with a suite of practical skills, including architectural draughting and IT. He’s also up to speed on the all-important Site Safe and H&S requirements.

A true team player, Mark is great at managing multi-skilled groups and focusing them on our clients’ goals. He reckons that’s the only way to bring in a project on time and within budget.

After work, you might find him playing the saxophone or mixing tracks as a DJ. He’s also building his own race car.

As the old saying goes, if you want something done, get a busy man to do it.

Edward Fuller

Design Manager

Every day is different when you work at DE Group. That’s doubly true when your title is Design Manager.

In the morning, Edward might be overseeing a pop-up store for a major brand. In the afternoon he’ll be crafting an exhibition stand for a multi-million-dollar trade show. And the next day it’ll be a whole new set of challenges.

Edward has a Bachelor’s Degree in Design. He says he loves anything that combines thinking with creativity. Our clients get the benefit of Edward’s professional training, lateral thinking and ability to blend the logical with the unexpected.

He’s been in the industry for 24 years, and he says he is still learning new things every day.

Andrew Laird

Graphics and Signage Manager

Ask Andrew what motivates him, and he’ll say it’s seeing a creative point of difference executed on a completed job…and seeing the client’s delight when the signage is unveiled.

He’s inspired by the variety of signage tasks that come across his desk at DE Group. Large wayfinding projects in particular.

He modestly describes himself as a jack of all trades. But we think you should know he has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, so he understands the design principles that underpin the practical aspects of great signage.

Andrew knows how to let his hair down when the day is done. Ask him to tell you about the time he hiked to the top of Mount Ruapehu on a clear winter’s day with a petrol-powered blender and a few cold drinks – and then rode his snowboard to the bottom as fast as possible.

Marjoree Wimmers

Business Development Manager

A business professional with over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing and event planning, Marjoree has built her career upon a deep understanding of customer needs, strategic focus, fresh ideas and delivery experience. She has proven skills in the development, execution and management of successful projects.

Marjoree trained in International Hospitality Management, specialising in Event Management. Her experience in sales across a wide range of industries has proved invaluable when assisting clients with their projects. These days, you’ll find her helping companies like Meridian roll out their EV network and Chorus to drive return on investment through customer-centric initiatives.

A family person at heart, Marjoree spends a lot of time with her nearest and dearest and loves testing out her cooking skills in the kitchen.

Steven Clews

Key Account Manager

After training as a chef and working in hospitality for seven years, Steven brought his customer service skills to our team.

He started as an Installer, so he knows what needs to happen on-site, and what it’s like to deliver a result when there’s a deadline involved. These days, he focuses on sales. Or as he prefers to describe it, “making sure the customer has the best possible experience.”

Steven keeps his hand in with some DIY at home. So if you need someone to pick up a power tool or make last-minute adjustments to your display, he won’t shrug and look the other way.

Rohan Geo

Key Account Manager (Experiential)

Creating great experiences is at the heart of our business. That’s what makes Rohan a key member of the DE Group team.

Not only does he have a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design and a postgrad qualification in Visual Communication, but he’s also hugely motivated by making his clients look good. He says there’s no better feeling than hitting the brief and giving them more than they expected.

Rohan has been a business owner himself, taking on challenges like converting a site from a concrete shell to a fully operational smokehouse. His other interests include travel, motorbikes and replicating the great dishes he’s experienced when eating out.

Ross Rooney

Key Account Manager (Signage)

Ross brings a priceless asset to every project he works on. It’s the 32 years of full-on, 360-degree, problem-solving expertise he’s accumulated throughout his career.

Ross has worked in Senior Account Management roles on corporate accounts such as Air New Zealand, Westpac, Ford and Mitsubishi. He’s also delivered wayfinding signage for hotels in Tahiti and Fiji. These are jobs where unbending corporate standards meet high delivery expectations. Just as well Ross thrives on overcoming obstacles.

Go ahead, set Ross a challenge. He loves them.

Matt Davies

Project Manager

Matt always puts our client’s expectations first. He leads projects from the front so our customers always experience the DE magic.

Drawing on multiple years’ experience in manufacturing management, Matt is the person to engage where you need your project delivered to spec, on time and on budget. From small maintenance and repairs to retail installs including nationwide upgrade and roll-out projects.

Down to earth and with a keen eye for detail, Matt is always eager to get involved in new projects and applies his experience to ensure they’re managed smoothly.

Cars, boats and exploring new places are his interests outside work. Getting his speedboat out for a blast on the harbour, or a few hours spent tinkering on his classic car, is his recipe for a weekend well spent.

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It’s a bit of a business cliché to say that ‘people are our greatest asset.’ Nevertheless, it’s true. Without their clever minds and years of experience, we wouldn’t be able to pull off the designs and meet the deadlines of our clients. Here are some of the experts you’ll meet when you work with DE Group.

Chris Clews

Managing Director

Tony Middleton

Production Manager

Mark Clews

General Manager

Edward Fuller

Design Manager

Andrew Laird

Graphics and Signage Manager

Marjoree Wimmers

Business Development Manager

Steven Clews

Key Account Manager

Rohan Geo

Key Account Manager (Experiential)

Ross Rooney

Key Account Manager (Signage)

Matt Davies

Project Manager

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Let’s create something special.

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Head Office

10 Prescott St,
Penrose 1061,
Auckland, NZ

Postal Address

PO Box 12193,
Penrose 1642,
Auckland, NZ

Opening Hours

8:30am – 5:00pm

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