At Allied Concrete it is our people that make the difference.
Allied Concrete believes that good health and safety performance equates to good business performance. We have a strong focus on providing a safe workplace for employees and anyone else who may be working on, or visiting sites. Allied Concrete is dedicated to making sure everyone goes home safe each night.
Born and raised on a farm in the Awatere Valley, Blenheim, I attended Seddon School. At the age of 13 I then attended Nelson College Boarding School and upon completion I began a mechanical course at the Nelson Polytechnic for a year. Following on from the course I then started an apprenticeship with Honda back in Blenheim where I worked for 4 years, during which I sat my trade certificate and become a qualified mechanic.
Wanting to return to the Nelson region, I applied for a job in a country garage in Motueka where we worked on anything and everything. This is where I meet my partner Vanessa, and now mother of our two beautiful daughters Olivia and Kiela
In 1998 Vanessa and I decided to go on our big OE, where I worked on a farm and Vanessa worked in the local pub. I also worked for Alfa Romeo during our time overseas. Returning back to NZ in 2000, I started working at Rick Armstrong motors in Nelson.
I saw an advert in the paper one evening for a truck driver at Allied Concrete and said to my wife that I wanted to give it a crack as I needed a change from being a mechanic since I had been doing it for so long.
In August 2004 I began as a truck driver for Transit Mix Concrete. My immediate responsibility was delivering concrete while also maintaining the appearance of my truck. Within eight months I was competent at both batching/dispatching and testing. Not long after I was promoted to Manager of Transit Mix Concrete and during my time with the company there were many changes, to many to mention, however all positive and now I am the Area Manager for Nelson/Marlborough.
Working for Allied Concrete and being a part of H.W. Richardson Group’s great culture is both challenging and rewarding. I enjoy the job and the challenges it brings. I have had great support and training from a lot of people throughout the Group, and have made many friends. I have enjoyed receiving many awards however my proudest achievement to date was to be awarded the 2013 Best Overall Plant Award.
13 years now with Allied Concrete and I’m very proud to be involved in such a professional and supportive group. I look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead.
Alan Clark | Auckland Branch Manager
Starting out in concrete in October 1979 as a Truck Driver for King Concrete and then as a Batcher/Dispatcher in the former Wiri plant in Manukau City, I have over 38 years experience in the New Zealand concrete industry. Following on from my role as Batcher/Dispatcher I then took on the position as Dispatch Manager after Allied Concrete purchased King Concrete in 1996.
I spent the next few years running Dispatch until Allied Concrete established a new plant in Penrose, Auckland, in 2005 which led to the closure of the Wiri plant and all operations shifted to Penrose.
After a couple of years the opportunity opened up to become Branch Manager of the Penrose Plant, which at the time was the biggest plant the group owned in New Zealand. I enjoyed the Central Dispatch role with a great team of people beside me, but this was a bigger challenge again and after a few doubts the Leadership team in Auckland encouraged me to accept the role and would give guidance and support where needed.
The transition to Branch Manager was very challenging but with the tremendous support from the great team in Auckland and the H.W. Richardson Group’s emphasis on training and encouragement to attend Leadership and Management courses. I am still learning today and have enjoyed and still enjoy the daily challenges that come with this position.
Family life consists of my wife Robyn, 4 wonderful children and 8 Grandchildren which keeps us pretty busy and when time allows I get a game of golf in which is a great stress reliever and a chance to catch up with mates.
Jonathan Lee | Christchurch Batcher/Dispatcher
I am from Leeds in Yorkshire, United Kingdom and relatively new to Concrete and also to New Zealand.
In Northern England I previously worked in Logistics. Starting out as a picker and working my way into the office as an Admin Stock Clerk for a company called Wincanton. Whilst working for them, Wincanton won the contract to do the warehousing on the London 2012 Olympics. Which naturally I applied for, and ended up working as an Admin Stock Manager for all the Olympics Sport Equipment that was used in the Venues. As far as a job goes, this was an amazing project to work on and I feel I was very lucky to be a part of it.
After this I decided to do a bit of travelling and came to New Zealand in 2014 with the plan of seeing this beautiful Country and if it was possible I was going to try my best to work towards Residence here. I had no idea how I was going to achieve this but I was determined to give it a shot
This is when I came to work for Allied Concrete. I was originally recruited as a temp to cover for a Dispatcher who was going to be away for 3 months. After working for Allied Concrete based in Christchurch for just 2 weeks I realised that this company was a well organised and a highly appealing company to work for. Not just because it was a large company, but because of its values and company culture.
Luckily, I was half way through my temp position here and a position became available within the office. I applied for the permanent position and, much to my surprise, I got it. I have now been here for nearly 3 years and I still love every minute of it. My current role is Forward Orders/Batcher/Dispatcher but I do try to get out of the Office and visit our customers at least once a month.
Megan Oliver | Operational Trainee - Christchurch
After I graduated school, I was adamant that being a beauty therapist was my calling. I studied hard and was awarded an international diploma. Over time, however, I craved something completely different and found that with Allied Concrete.
I started working at Allied Concrete in 2016 as a Truck Driver. I had my Class 4L and worked hard with the company's Driver Trainers to get my Class 4 full. I also received a brand new 6x4 Hino to call 'my own', which I enjoyed the challenge of keeping clean.
In 2017, to increase my knowledge, Allied encouraged me to sit a National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver) through MITO. I work with great people and get huge job satisfaction from the work that we do. Making it into tricky job sites on the Port Hills or delivering to Akaroa, my days are never boring. I’m also a member of the Health and Safety Committee and find it rewarding seeing the changes that improve our environment.
Recently, I started a new role as an Operational Trainee. I was looking for even more of a challenge and this role is increasing my knowledge every single day, exposing me to all parts of the business including; driving, testing, slumping, batching, customer service and sales. Since testing concrete, I’ve enjoyed the challenge of learning hundreds of mix designs and the various ways concrete reacts when different products are added. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds.