Meet the team
Our team’s heady combination of traditional skills and contemporary techniques have earned us a stellar reputation in the upper South Island - not to mention a few coveted awards.
Managing Director Jack Wells has been in the industry for more than 14 years. He comes from a long line of boat builders in the Marlborough Sounds, so has naturally spent the majority of his life tinkering away with something.
In 2014 he founded Jackson & Co, a joinery and design business. Three years later, he jumped at the opportunity to purchase the local spray painting shop (never one to shy away from a challenge, it happened to be the same week his first baby was born!), re brand both businesses (now The Custom Space and The Custom Finish) and develop them into the competitive players they are today.
By Jack’s side is his wife Meg - part-time nurse, part-time marketing guru, and full-time organizer. Meg ensures our processes are running smoothly and keeps our close-knit team of 11 permanent staff and 3 contractors inspired to go the extra mile.
Jack – Managing Director
Jack’s a qualified Joiner with 14 years experience. Nelson born & bred, he has an immaculate eye for detail and specialises in woodwork, exteriors, cabinetry, furniture and joinery art. He’s obsessed with different timbers and keeping up with the latest trends.
Now for the question on everyone’s lips… would he rather teleport or fly?
“Teleporting is the way of the future!” he reckons. Roger that.
Mark - Operations & Production Manager
Mark has 26 years’ experience under his belt and is highly skilled in organisation and scheduling. He’s forever exceeding timeframes and client expectations, and his experience in CNC CAD programming (plus the fact he’s a Microvellum specialist) means he’s always prepared with impressive high-tech lunchtime chat.
On weekends you’ll find him teaching his kids to ride motorbikes.
Josephine - Finance and HR
Josephine is a major asset to our company with her incredible knowledge and patience in accounts and HR. She’s also the person who makes sure everyone is paid on time, so she’s naturally a team favourite!
She’s also an amazing cook, so we’re forever encouraging shared lunches. Josephine’s go-to dish is dumplings (they’re out of this world).
Leigh - Creative Director
Leigh oversees our showroom. She liaises with suppliers, makers, and creators to curate the best of the best content - and she’s also a creator herself (she makes textile homewares & all things beautiful).
Leigh has a soft spot for her sewing machine and an even softer spot for her 2 kids, unless they're touching her sewing machine!
Meg - Social Media & Marketing
Meg’s responsible for social media, marketing and photography. She’s married to Jack, works with Leigh to curate and maintain the showroom, is a nurse on the side, and also runs around after two young kiddies (Arlo and Frankie).
She’s basically ‘super mum,’ so if you hear someone saying “I need a coffee”, you can assume it’s Meg!
Ray – Apprentice Joiner
Ray tried his hand with mechanic work and customer service before finding his passion in joinery. He took out a coveted Best Apprentice Award (2020) for one of his jobs and is looking forward to being fully qualified very soon.
If he could eat one food for the rest of his life, he says “it would have to be KFC”. Classic Ray.
Andy – Apprentice Joiner
Andy has been with us for 2.5 years and is another talented apprentice to watch! He pays great attention to detail and we’re continually impressed with the quality of his work.
Andy is a real family man - in his free time you’ll find him running around with his two young boys (twins!) and sipping on a very strong coffee.
Niels – Joiner
Niels has 9 years’ experience in the industry. Originally from the Netherlands, Niels has wooden boat building and cabinetry knowledge, as well as a love for the great outdoors.
He likes his eggs fried, sunny side up (which he refers to as ‘baked’).
John - Spray Painter
Originally from the UK, John moved to New Zealand with his family to pursue their life-long dream of living and working in Nelson. John is a real talent when it comes to fine woodworking and finishing, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to The Custom Finish.
A true whiskey connoisseur, John likes his scotch older than he is. You’ll find him working alongside Darren in our spray shop.
Davin - Joiner
Dav has known Jack since the early days (when Jack was still an apprentice) and has recently joined our team as a joiner. An all-round master craftsman, Dav's work is perfection.
When he’s not creating beautiful furniture, you’ll most likely find Davin somewhere in the great outdoors with his canine companion, Henry.