People

Meet the team

Buildings are about people and so are we. Our multi-disciplined, collaborative, proactive approach and exceptional communication skills have made Alaska the go-to team where no challenge is too big.

From our humble beginnings in 2006, Alaska has transformed from a vibrant, expert, boutique fitout and construction company into a high energy, dynamic national operation boasting a wealth of experience, diversity and expertise. Our team culture pivots on building successful, longterm relationships within our business, and with our clients and tradespeople to deliver exceptional, award-winning projects. We're the relationship people you want on your team.

Group Directors

David Arrowsmith

David Arrowsmith

Managing Director

David has taken a “look inward to achieve success outwardly” approach to business. To act in a way that would bring acclaim to the business sets the way Alaska reacts to market needs. Its an old fashioned approach that pursues integrity and service as a means for forging relationships. A mantra not based on platitudes but one that means rolling up the sleeves and leaving no stone unturned in achieving success on behalf of the client and build team. This has gone a long way to explain the success the company has sustained to date.

Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas

Managing Director

Stephen is proud that Alaska is a “can do rather than can’t do” business. He says the team’s solution-focussed attitude and proven track record has made them a stand out with clients. Stephen adds that giving clients the “whole of the news” from the beginning and front-footing problems with a proactive plan has elevated Alaska’s reputation. Stephen takes pride in hiring people with “passion and personality” who are exceptional communicators with great humour. The result, he says, is a highly engaged, collaborative team. The active relaxer and family man can’t see that he’ll ever retire. Weekends and the odd sunny weekday sees Stephen motoring to his Rakino island property where his focus is on growing ecological sustainability on the predator-free paradise and more recently, being part of establishing a marine reserve.

Brian Hutton

Brian Hutton

Director / Contracts Manager

Brian gets his biggest kick from exceeding client expectations and seeing them thrilled by results. He says Alaska’s success formula is the directors’ unique open arms approach and bringing every team member on board, ensuring a vibrant, energetic and positive environment across every build. Brian adds that Alaska’s extensive capability for collaborative, multi-discipline project management, and “enjoying the process” is the key to consistently delivering the best. When he’s not on a building site or crunching the numbers in the office, you’ll find Brian making the most of the Waitemata Harbour soaking up the rays, with his line in the water enjoying quality time with family.

Simon Sheldon

Simon Sheldon

Director / Commercial Manager

Supporting Alaska’s talented quantity surveying department provides Simon his biggest thrill. He believes that creating a “help not hinder” company culture is the catalyst that allows Alaska to deliver outstanding projects which showcase our collective skills and expertise. Providing Alaska’s “willing, able and friendly” team with complex, challenging and impressive projects and seeing them support each other to succeed is what excites Simon the most. When Simon kicks of his boots, his “work hard play hard” mantra comes to life, he enjoys spending time with family, travelling, attending gigs, and retro gaming. Simon brings more than 20 years of experience as a quantity surveyor to Alaska and his robust attention to detail ensures that clients can be confident their budget targets are maintained.

Regional

Liam Osborne

Liam Osborne

Director – Bay of Plenty

Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace

Canterbury Regional Manager

Ross  Stewart

Ross Stewart

Wellington Regional Manager