Responsible for the overall management of the Structurflex Group, Murray Higgs has a respected track record with leading New Zealand exporters, including Fisher & Paykel, UEB Industries and the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board. He was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner in New York for five years from 1974 and a recipient of the Prince Philip Design Award in 1984.
From a background of engineering, economics and accountancy, Murray steers Structurflex in a way that gives equal weight to design excellence and sound engineering. He relishes the challenge of international business, providing support for all divisions in the company and all offices offshore.
Murray’s overriding priority is to make sure that everyone who comes in contact with Structurflex has ‘a really satisfying experience’.
A qualified engineer with a NZCE in Civil Engineering, with a background also in Civil Construction, Bernard heads up the New Zealand operations including the membrane production of all international markets.
Bernard has been in the GM role for more than 15 years, prior to this position he was the production manager in the factory and both a tensile membrane project manager and engineering manager.
His commitment to the business is paramount and his extensive knowledge of the operations ensures production, design and construction runs smoothly.
General Manager – Sales and Marketing
A customer relationship specialist, Simon guides the sales and marketing activity for the Structurflex Group from our headquarters in New Zealand. In addition to driving domestic sales, he monitors the international market closely by attending trade shows and providing targeted support to Structurflex offices in the United States, Malaysia, and United Arab Emirates.
Simon holds a B Com, with majors in Finance and Economics, and a postgraduate Dip Com in Finance. With previous experience in the corporate banking sector, Simon is well-equipped to work with customers and develop lasting business relationships.
A chartered accountant with a B.Com and 9 years of accounting experience, George keeps the back office of Structurflex operating smoothly and efficiently — a task he manages with consummate ease. George enjoys a strategic view of Structurflex, which enables him to contribute to key business decisions. George maintains strong relationships with suppliers and provides valuable input on the Group’s future direction.
Transport Sales Manager
David has responsibility for sales related to Structurflex transport products, including curtain siders, roller doors and tensioners. His extensive knowledge of the transport industry, gained through running his own transport company, helps him to understand clients’ needs and recommend products that will go the distance.
In addition to his sales involvement, David is actively involved with planning production in the Structurflex factory. His commitment to the highest level of customer service helps to ensure that orders are delivered on time, every time.
Architectural Consultant, New Zealand
Harry is deeply involved with the design processes at Structurflex and his multidisciplinary input helps us to meld brave design concepts with the practicalities of robust engineering. Watching progress from the drawing board to launch day is a satisfying experience for Harry, as is promoting the extraordinary versatility of tension membrane structures.
Before joining Structurflex, Harry ran his own design consultancy and achieved a degree of national fame for a solar energy design. He holds a postgraduate MTS Diploma in Building Techniques (Amsterdam) and a Diploma Architect IVA SBA (Utrecht). Harry regularly lectures on the use of tension membranes in architecture.
Working with tension membranes gives James the opportunity to exercise his logical thinking skills and engineering knowledge. He enjoys planning and organizing each step of the project delivery process, and relishes the feeling of a job well done when a completed structure meets with everyone’s approval.
James holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Coventry University), is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a member of the Institute of Professional Engineers in the UK and New Zealand. He has been involved with project management since 1995. Before joining Structurflex, James project managed the installation and commissioning of new paint facilities for both Ford and Mitsubishi in Australia.