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Meet Our Team


Alice Douglas

Business Development (Director)

With sawdust in the veins, Alice is 4th generation in the timber industry. Alice's timber species knowledge and how timber performs and behaves is hard to beat - and she is happy to share it.  

Alice runs across several areas of HTL - her favorite being engaging with existing and new clients on projects and supply needs. 

Away from the office, you will find her writing, recording and performing her own songs, as well as spending time with her young family in the campervan - her happy place!


Jason Douglas

Managing Director

Jason is the entrepreneurial driving force that has propelled HTL to quadruple in size over the past 7 years. 

Jason's ability to think outside the square and far into the future sees him tackle many opportunities and challenges to create a thriving business enterprise for his whole team to grow with. 

Mechanically minded, Jason also thrives on commissioning machinery in a matter of hours.

When he's not sorting a deal, Jason is tinkering with his many mechanical projects. Built with a sense of adventure, you'll also find him fishing, hunting, and traveling in the campervan with his young family.


Russell Melrose

General Manager

Russell has been with HTL for over 10 years. Russell's timber knowledge ranges from sawmill production, right through to installing the finished product.


Russell has operated every single machine in every single department at HTL and is very mechanically minded. He builds great rapport quickly with his team, suppliers and customers.

Outside of work, Russell enjoys all types of fishing, hunting and spending time with friends and his young family. 

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Anand Nair

Production Foreman

Anand has been with HTL for over three years. Anand runs the H3.1 LOSP Treatment administration, supports Russell in production, and handles all health and safety onsite.


Picking up new skills easily, Anand has attention to detail and a great sense of humor. Anand has many years experience within the industry working with timber products from start to finish.

When not on site, Anand loves to travel all around NZ and takes amazing travel photos and videos. Like many at HTL, Anand also loves fishing!

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Ollie Wiesner

Projects & Logistics Coordinator

Ollie is our German can-do yes man and our HTL project manager and problem-solving ninja.  


Ollie's background as a qualified builder and apprenticeship in Timber and Flooring Wholesale has made him a real asset in our sales and project space, with over 20 years of experience in the industry.

Ollie will go above and beyond to bring your project dream to life and be your friendly go-to every step of the way.

Ollie has two kids and loves spending time with his family, camping, reading and relaxing! 


Ash Cowper

Business Systems Analyst

Ash is our systems innovator and looks after streamlining of our business processes - from sales to health and safety to HR. She has a background in operations, business support, and digital marketing.

Ash also looks after our marketing and social media and ensures we can share our magic and projects with the world!

When she isn't deep in digital design creation or building the back end of our software she is tramping, hunting, at the gym, or out exploring the outdoors!


Shane Mackereth

Senior Account Manager

Meet Shane, who's role at HTL takes him across the great North as our Senior Account Manager.


With his extensive knowledge of the building industry and strong sales background, Shane looks after client relations and all things sales for the North Island. 

On his off time Shane coaches his local youth basketball team and enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

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