The Team

The Team
Neil Ridgway
Managing Director / Owner
Bio

As Managing Director of Asona, Neil is responsible for business performance, new initiatives, technical advice and the strategic direction of the company.

Random fact about me...
I did a bungy jump at the original AJ Hacket Queenstown site to celebrate the start of my own business over a decade ago.

Slogan for life…
A vision without a plan is just a hallucination.

Guilty pleasure…
Cross-country dirt biking.

Anne Ridgway
Finance Manager / Owner
Bio

Asona’s Financial Manager, Anne is the head of accounting, and oversees the preparation of financial reports, balance sheets and income statements - 

What inspired me to do what I do…
I wanted to join Neil in building a successful and profitable company. The daily challenges offer many opportunities for personal growth.

Slogan for life…
There is always a solution to every problem, don't give up until you find it.

Random fact about me…
Back in the 80's, I used to own and run a market stall in Covent Garden, London

Tony van Maanen
General Manager
Bio

As Asona's General Manager, Tony is responsible for all aspects of the day to day running of the business, including sales, production, operations and finance. Tony is no stranger to the industry. He brings over 12 years’ experience in the ceilings and wall industry to ASONA.

Slogan for life…
Where there is little doubt there is no doubt.

Favourite saying…
Good communication will always solve 80% of the issues.

What inspires me...
Delivering high quality product and services, first time, every time.

CREATIVE
Bio
Craig Cornwall
Marketing & Architectural Services Manager
Bio

Marketing & Architectural Services Manager, Craig is responsible for the promotion of Asona's commercial product range to architects & specifiers to the New Zealand & Australian markets.

Random fact about me…
I was one of the youngest creative directors of a top London advertising agency.

What inspires me to do what I do…
Passionate people who believe in what they are doing.

Guilty pleasure…
Art in all it's forms.

Roy Parish
Manufacturing & Contracts Manager
Bio

Roy is our Manufacturing & Contracts Manager with the role of overseeing manufacturing production, installs, production scheduling, warehousing and the production staff. No easy feat but one that Roy takes in his stride.

Slogan for life…
If you do what you have always done, you will be what you have always been.

Favourite saying…
In theory it should work.

Guilty pleasure…
A hot curry and a cold beer.

ACOUSTIC
Bio
Brian Mossong
Technical Specifications Manager - Ceilings
Bio

Brian is a legend within the construction industry with over 30 years of technical experience in various roles. If Brian doesn’t know how it’s put together then you can bet that he will not rest until he does. Brian brings his considerable experience into the role of Technical Specifications Manager further underpinning Asona’s ethos to supply the very best advice to architects, design professionals and contractors.

What inspires me:
I love the ceiling industry and acoustics.

Slogan for life:
Don’t stress it may never happen.

Favourite saying:
What’s your order number?

KNOWLEDGEABLE
Bio
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Andre Cowan
Technical Sales Representative
Bio

Andre rounds out our sales team. He is a qualified acoustician formerly employed by Marshall Day Acoustics. Andre collaborates with architects and acoustic consultants across the country advising them on acoustic and aesthetic design.

Random fact about me...
Unintentionally laughing louder than everyone else.

What inspires me to do what I do…
Working with great people on interesting ideas that solve problems.

Guilty pleasure…
I have won numerous motorsport championships.

Claire Johnston
Projects Administration Manager
Bio

Claire is responsible for meeting company objectives through delivery of accurate on time estimation services, tender and bid management and project management of supply and installation. Claire keeps a strong focus on accurate detailing of projects and orders for production.

Slogan for life…
Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard works achieves success and then greatness will come.

Favourite saying…
Positive thoughts bring positive outcomes.

What inspires me...
I love to be challenged and to continually develop in both my personal life and career. What inspires me the most are my family and positive people.

Marjolein Duindam
Sales Support
Bio

As part of the Sales Team, it is Marjolein's role to provide technical support to the sales team and she is a member of the Major Projects Team offering technical drawing and other in-depth product knowledge skills. Marjolein is also responsible for the maintenance and integrity of data & information stored in the company's systems.

Slogan for life…
Follow your heart and choose to be happy.

Favourite saying…
What you think about you bring about.

Random fact about me...
I have lived in 5 countries before the age of 15.

Diego Angeli
Install Engineer
Bio

Diego is the other half of our dynamic install team. Trained in Italy and France in installing stretched membrane systems, Diego has many successful high profile installs under his belt and is Asona’s authority in installing our stretched membrane systems.

What inspires me…
The personal satisfaction in always trying to do my best.

Guilty pleasure…
If it is a pleasure, it is not guilty.

Random fact…
I love horse riding. I did several treks in Italy and a memorable one in the Moroccan desert.

BESPOKE
Bio
Afa Maiava
Warehouse Leader
Bio

Afa oversees the efficient receipt, storage and dispatch of Asona goods. He is a vital part of the supply chain process ensuring goods are received and dispatched appropriately on time and complete.

Random fact:
I am a big N.R.L Manly supporter

Slogan for life:
Don’t sweat the small stuff

Favourite saying:
Are you serious?

Jenny Ellis
Reception / Production Support
Bio

Jenny is our front -of- house and first point of contact for clients and suppliers either phoning-in or visiting Asona. Jenny also supports production working with IT systems/applications which are currently being used by production to maintain the supply chain & dispatch process.

Random fact:
I am a neat freak

What inspires me:
To be part of a team and help others

Slogan for life:
Love your children they are the most precious gift you will ever receive.

INNOVATIVE
Bio
Ling Xie
Accountant
Bio

Ling uses her exceptional accounting skills to ensure that Asona's financial information is accurate and current and implementing the company's accounting and financial reporting functions. Ling makes sure that all the t’s are crossed and all the i’s are dotted.

What inspires me to do what I do...
I like daily challenges

Slogan for Life...
Face life with a smile

Favourite saying...
Chance favours the prepared mind

PROFESSIONAL
Bio
Alex Cao
Production Planner & Supply Chain Coordinator
Bio

Alex is responsible for successfully planning production and purchasing and supply chain functions for Asona, along with maintaining the accuracy of our order and stock software systems. Alex has a strong focus on process improvement and continually strives to develop systems to exceed time/cost/quality targets

Slogan for life...
99% of success is based on hard work

Random fact about me...
I am very interested in Chinese & European history

Favourite saying…
It is what it is

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