Our staff are absolutely crucial to Forbes Packaging! Most of whom have been here a multitude of years, in fact there are a handful who have been here beyond twenty years! We are extremely proud of this, and collectively, we reckon we can offer you the most extensive knowledge base in the industry.
Martin started his career at the Herald as an apprentice lithographer (offset printer), completing his apprentice in 1973, he left that year to start an OE around the pacific. The sailing saw him meeting the previous owner of Forbes, when delivering Colin Forbes yacht ‘Rainbird’ from Fort Lauderdale to New Zealand. Following this Martin became a sales Rep for Colin in 1977. Martin Bought the company in 1987 and has developed it to where it is today. Martin is still a passionate sailor, however he also enjoys flying light aircraft among other leisure activities.
Robert started his career as a paper merchant starting out in a customer service role before moving into a sales role. After seven years, he joined a small packaging company before joining up with Forbes Enterprises in 1989. The challenge back then was to diversify the companies customer base from mainly cosmetic industry packaging, to clients from all industries looking to use cardboard packaging.
Growing the customer base of Forbes Packaging has meant bringing clients on board for the long haul, which is reflected in the majority of our clients who have been with us for a number of years.
Sue joined Forbes in 2001 to undertake a customer services and estimating role. Forbes saw Sue’s potential with existing clients and within 18months Sue was slipped into the role as Account Manager servicing the Auckland area. Sue says she enjoys the interaction with clients and their graphic designers and maintaining longstanding working relationships.
Auckland and South Island
Jono joined Forbes mid 2014 after arriving home from 18months of backpacking the through Asia, India, Eastern Europe and South America. Jono grew up heavily involved in his fathers packaging business, which exposed him to the packaging world from early on. From running flexo presses and slitters to running the warehouse; it was a good insight into the world of print and packaging.After a year stint of working on a large farm in Germany, a degree at Otago University, and a 4 year account management role in the pressure sensitive flexo label Industry; he is now ready for a new challenge in this exciting packaging industry.Outside of work, Jono is an avid hunter and fisherman, and if he’s not working or outdoors you’ll find him watching rugby or cricket.
Auckland and Lower North Island
Deon comes to us with over 20 years’ experience within the Corporate Branding Consultancy Sector. His vision and passion is to always deliver products and services to meet his clients expectations and exceed them Wherever possible. His philosophy is to stay positive and if you can’t see the light at the end of your tunnel “ then go and light it yourself” Deon thrives when surrounded by positive likeminded people and loves building long term partnerships. He is very passionate about being with his children in the great outdoors whether its camping, fishing or finding a new adventure somewhere they haven’t been in New Zealand that his missed his radar and find a way to do it!
Kim Blignaut (Finance Manager)
Kim emigrated from Zimbabwe in 2000 and joined the Forbes team in 2005. While she describes herself as a ‘jack of all, master of none’ around here we all know that she is highly competent in her roles as admin or office manager, which is largely accounts based, also with a focus on human resources. This is Kim’s first job in the packaging industry and she loves it.
Kim professes to live for the summer, not only for sunshine but also because it means rugby is finished and ‘real’ sport starts. Cricket! She follows the Black Caps loyally and is an avid supporter of the Northern Knights in domestic cricket. She is also passionate about theater and tries to see as many shows as she can
Lindsay Hubbert (Estimator)
Lindsay is a qualified tradesman, originally in the graphic arts as a photo lithographer. After many years estimating for photolitho, digital printing then general printing, (often at the forefront of the introduction of new technology). He joined Forbes Packaging in 2005 as an estimator and continue to serve in this role.
In leisure time Lindsay enjoys his family, 9 grand children, sailing and photography.
Tracey Williams (Accounts Receivable)
After 14 years working for a rubber components manufacturing company in Penrose, Tracey was allured to Forbes Packing initially by the promise of a shorter commute, that was back in 2003 and ever since Tracey has become an indispensable part of the accounts team. Aside from the convenient location, Tracey reckons she enjoys her job at Forbes because
Tracey was born and bred in Tauranga, moving to Auckland in her late twenties. She enjoys playing Tennis, has recently learned to enjoy gym and enjoys watch her daughter play basketball and son on the soccer field.
Christine Warden (Reception, Accounts Payable)
I have been in reception and office administration all of my working life and
and like to make them feel welcome whenever they phone or come into the office.
I have been with Forbes since June 2011 now and I am learning more and more each day about the complex and creative packaging industry.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our lovely family, long walks in the sun, good movies and cruising (something my husband and I would love to do a lot more of).
Catherine van der Vyver (Compliance Advisor)
Catherine joined Forbes mid 2015 to take on the role of coordinating the various compliance systems and certifications that Forbes Packaging has in place, such as the ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices and Enviromark and FSC certifications.
She spent over 20 years working in the health, safety and environmental field, both in industry and the tertiary education sector. She is enjoying getting to grips with the challenges posed by the printing industry.
Eva Joined the Forbes team at the close of 2011 after achieving a post graduate degree at Auckland University. Since then she has held a variety of roles in the business and now helps in the estimating department while she is undertaking a new degree at Auckland University.
Robyn joined the Forbes team in June 2014 as part of the Customer Services/Sales Support team.
Robyn has a number of years of Customer Service experience in the Offset Printing and Packaging world – getting her introduction to print at APN Print Manukau in 2006 and moving on to packaging in 2011.
She says she loves the varied nature of the role – no two days are ever the same!Outside of work Robyn loves to spend time with her family including her husband and 2 step children and loves watching and playing sport. Football (not soccer) is a definite favourite, closely followed by league.
Deborah joined Forbes in 2013 as Customer Service/Sales Support.
She enjoys the variety of work at Forbes with no two days being the same, and is enjoying being involved in developing and growing the customer service/sales support roles.Life outside of Forbes is busy with family (two teenagers) and friends, theatre, concerts, gardening.
John Crothers (Operations Manager)
John is a trade qualified offset printer. He has worked in the printing industry his entire working life- bar a two year stint managing motels. John has ten years of production management experience under his belt, and can also boast 14 years experience in the packaging industry. He has also owned and operated his own printing company for twelve years. His earliest introduction to Forbes Packaging saw John working for the original Colin Forbes in the 1980’s.
demand for quality and delivery expected by our customers”
John Good (Production Manager)
John Good is a qualified printer, who has been the 2IC of the production team for the past two years. He reckons he enjoys the day to day running of the factory and working with our staff and clients. Outside of Work John Good likes to play touch rugby, ‘slowly’ he adds.
Tom was with a small packaging company for seven years before it was sold to Forbes in 2007. Prior to that he was with one of the largest packaging companies operating in New Zealand for four years.
He has held many roles in the printing industry from Production to Sales to Purchasing. His current role sees him as the ‘knife guru’. That is, he is responsible for ensuring cutting forms purchased on behalf of clients are correct and maintained to the standard that Forbes requires.
Tom also still maintains a small portfolio of clients that he manages.
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Chris Hudson (Pre-press Manager)
Chris is a qualified photo lithographer and has worked in pre-press for most of his working life.