Lizzi Whaley is the CEO of Spaceworks Design Group. With 15 years’ experience practicing in both commercial and residential design industries, Lizzi has won numerous design accolades and has been a finalist in both the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Awards and Westpac Business Leadership Awards.
Lizzi has worked on some of New Zealand’s most renowned and celebrated commercial interiors including Google, Frucor, My Food Bag, Lysaght, The Icehouse, Woods Engineering. House of Travel re-brand and retail roll out, Spark national retail roll out, Huckleberry store national roll out, Whitcoulls and a plethora of boutique and bespoke-style fit-outs.
In her tenure at Spaceworks she has been responsible for over $100 million worth of projects. Highly focused with a collaborative approach to leadership and management, her understanding that communication and direction throughout any project makes it successful and seamless.
Lizzi specializes in all aspects of commercial interiors with a specific passion around budget and project management. With experience in running Spaceworks for the past decade, Lizzi has business acumen abound that is relevant to a successful project completion. She has been in the commercial design sector for 15 years specialising in a wide range of projects with expertise around understanding movement in space, how they use space, why they use it and how to influence movement through space. User based design and functionality is a great interest and core strength that Lizzi brings to this team.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Spatial Design, AUT, Auckland
Awards: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist 2012
Mel is the jack of all trades in this business, except designing which she’s happy to leave to the experts – the Spaceworks design team. Mel has a first class honours in International Business and has worked overseas in France, London and Sydney predominantly in the property development industry for over 13 years. She came to Spaceworks as the PR and marketing aficionado but is now taking on a broader management position within the business so Lizzi Whaley (CEO) can step back into the Creative Director role and lead her talented designers. Mel’s responsible for ensuring the business is in tip top condition to grow in NZ and abroad and her philosophy is to continually improve Spaceworks Design Group every day.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business (First Class Honours)
Christy has over 15 years of experience in both the UK and NZ. Her wealth of knowledge and design acumen means she leads her team by example and produces unique and distinctive interiors for each and every client.
Christy’s wisdom is conveyed throughout her projects which demonstrates her ability to design for incredibly diverse projects. In the UK, Christy worked for renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen working on high-end, luxurious homes and then moved into large-scale projects working for Westfield Shopping Towns and in particular Westfield Derby and Stratford. Christy was the key interior designer for both projects and included mix-use design of hotel, retail, hospitality, office and commercial, food courts and public restrooms.
Christy is a lynchpin of the Spaceworks team and has worked on some of our largest projects including the new-look Spark store design and roll out and House of Travel re-brand, design and roll out.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Design, Victoria University
Business Development Manager
Matthew’s experience is certainly out of the box but has provided him with an artillery of skills and knowhow to be the man to spearhead our business development in Wellington and lower North Island.
Matt’s past has seen him teach design in the UK, with additional responsibility to coordinate and lead a large cohort of students as Head of Year (Dean) at Spalding a Grammar School. Not only did this time in education management give Matt a breadth of design knowledge he also has an extraordinary knack and aptitude for negotiation and building strong relationships with possibly the most challenging group of people – students! So a Business Development Manager for Spaceworks is a match made in heaven.
Results driven, yet with a humble and genuine persona, Matt has already become somewhat of a stalwart Spaceworks employee and kicking some big goals.
Qualifications: BSc Product Design from Nottingham Trent University, Graduate Teacher Programmer from The University of Derby
Business Development Manager / Designer
Bradley is a talented Senior Designer and Business Development Manager with remarkable international experience designing award-winning spaces and developing business opportunities in several countries. Most recently, Bradley worked in Ho Chi Minh where he lead a team of designers and project managers working on an enviable portfolio of large-scale retail and hospitality roll-outs in numerous markets. His ability to design extraordinary spaces combined with his commercial and business nous makes for a formidable team leader and one whom is highly sought after in the industry. Bradley’s experience is vast and across a plethora of sectors and commercial buildings.
Bradley’s professionalism and work ethic is second to none and his ability to lead the charge in any professional situation is definitely his forte.
Qualifications: NZ.dip.arch, LBP Licensed Designer
Industry related Qualifications: Certificate in Construction Site Safety, including Construction Management, Leadership in Safety, H&S Representative & Advance Passport.
With a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Auckland (2008), Fiona has experience in both Auckland and Australia. Fiona’s professional career started in Melbourne where she worked for a boutique architectural practice designing both commercial office fit-outs and residential sites before following her passion of interior design and moving to a well-recognized company specializing in high-end residential interiors.
Fiona’s love of creating spaces that are tailored to the individual client, and that are equally as functional as they are beautiful is her passion. She brings to Spaceworks a strong technical knowledge and project management focus founded from her Architectural background with the added emphasis of providing creative and detailed interior design.
Qualification: Bachelor of Architecture (Hons.) and Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Bridget has a passion for shopping and good design, which is probably why she’s so good at retail and hospitality fit-outs. During her career she’s been involved in a variety of projects, from large retail roll-outs to small boutique stores, and she specialises in developing tailored spatial solutions.
Bridget has a strong interest in brand experiences and how an environment can positively enhance that – if you want your customers to walk away wowed by their shopping experience, Bridget is your girl. She’s also a natural when it comes to conceptual development and sketching – bonus!
Qualification: Bachelor of Design, Spatial Design (Second Class Hons.), 2008.
Kerry is our Wellington-based lead designer. She is extremely talented in office, retail and hospitality design and has an extensive design career in the Wellington region. Clients rave about her eye for detail, great project delivery skills and broad technical knowledge.
Kerry is a super communicator. She’s very hands on with project implementation and has the enviable ability of being able to think on her feet in any situation.
Qualification: Diploma of Interior Design, 1992.
Born and bred in Christchurch, Kirsten is an invaluable member of our flourishing little Christchurch team. A kick-ass problem solver and a stickler for detail, Kirsten is often able to find opportunities for creativity within the restrictive boundaries we often find in the commercial interior design industry. Priding herself on the ability to work with her clients from project beginning to end all the while speaking their language, Kirsten excels at creating beautiful and functional spaces that both her clients and their customers enjoy.
With a background in retail, hospitality, entertainment, and office, working across the entire design process from town planning, spatial layouts, consent documentation and onsite design management and construction co-ordination, Kirsten’s wealth of experience and technical knowledge is a much-welcomed addition to our team.
Qualification: Bachelor of design (interior architecture) 2005
Industry related Qualifications: LBP Licensed Designer, Certificate in project management
Jayde comes from a creative background and has a passion for art for as long as she can remember. After studying Fine Arts at Elam she headed over to Canada and Europe to work and volunteer in art galleries across London.
Upon landing back on our shores, Jayde launched herself into teaching art education to children and also became a crucial part of the NZ Kikki-K team. Jayde thrived in the world of retail with visual merchandising and at the same time began to study in the world of interior design.
Jayde finished her studies at the end of 2015 receiving a Diploma of Interior Design from Unitec. Her passion is working with people creatively to achieve design that will have that wow factor- which results from the right amount of experience working in Hospitality, Retail and Art Galleries.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts 2005, Diploma of Interior Design 2015
Francois is a transdisciplinary designer and interior architect with 8 years experience with French and New Zealand design firms, including 6 months in Shanghai working as an interior designer and project manager. Francois primary passion lies in conceptual design. With previous experience working for the likes of a luxury Parisian architecture company, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton and luxury commercial centres in Brazil, Francois has developed a really good vision for detail, branding experience and extraordinary design.
Through all his experience, what remains consistent for Francois in his considered design approach is an ambition to deliver the best-enriched customer experience, resolved architecture and rigorous attention to detail, all of which he looks forward to implementing in his role as Spaceworks
Qualifications: Master’s Degree (Highest Honours), Interior Design & New Digital Technology
Sarah is on loan to us from the home of the Queen in England, UK. Since moving here on a working holiday visa she’s already managed to travel her way around the North and the South Island.
After graduating from Lancashire University in 2007, Sarah has garnered experience in commercial, office and high-end residential fit-outs with a dash of retail experience at no less than Harrods of London.
She is our AutoCAD guru who takes on projects with gusto, enthusiasm, and passion aplenty.
Qualifications: BA honours in Interior design in 2007
Anau is a passionate and enthusiastic Spatial & Interior Designer with experience in retail, hospitality interiors and furniture design.
Since graduating in 2004 from Unitec with a Bachelor of Design (majoring in interior, Hons), Anau has worked on a diverse range of retail projects ranging from small boutique style fit-outs to large scale roll outs, and hospitality projects across New Zealand.
Anau brings with him a robust background and skill-set in creative yet functional retail, hospitality interior design and three-dimensional modelling. He has an inept understanding of how space works, is meticulous in his detail and knows how to maximise ROI for his clients.
Outside of work, Anau is a keen and passionate cyclist who regularly trains in the Waitakere Ranges and has competed in cycling events around the North Island.
Anau is also passionate about sustainable and environmental design.
Qualifications: B Des Hons (Major Interior)
Nikita has a passion for interiors, product design, styling, branding, and photography, even extending her interests outside of the design realm by exploring the utilization of social media platforms for marketing. Nikita strives to design exciting, fresh and sophisticated interiors, whilst placing the utmost importance and respect on functional spatial elements and client requirements.
Nikita is a real people’s person through and through. With her infectious personality and her love of understanding what makes people tick, Nikita sets herself ahead of the rest. It is this in-depth personal understanding that allows Nikita to fully incorporate the vital physical and emotional elements needed when making a cohesive ergonomic design.
Qualifications: Diploma in Applied Interior Design
Brett is our Account Manager who, as a certified bookkeeper, has a sound knowledge of finance & payroll management and is focused on exceeding the objectives of the organization.
He prides himself in his finance skills, customer service, attention to detail and his passion for the business. He thrives on building relationships, both internally and externally and takes every available opportunity to further his skill set.
From the day to day accounts, payroll, cash flow, managing the businesses Inland Revenue responsibilities, budgeting, to management reporting, Brett ensures our finance department is a smooth-running machine… and when the going gets tough on a Friday afternoon, he’s the one who ensures everyone has a beer in hand !
PA / Design Support
Truly a resident of the world, Noria is our very own PA extraordinaire! Originally from France, it is clear to see Noria is passionate about travel having also lived in Ireland, UK, Argentina. After travelling for a month in Asia she ventured on down to little old New Zealand, fell in love and hasn’t looked back since.
With 10 years’ experience as a PA, mostly in investment bank and insurance, she has quickly put her skills to good use in whipping our designers into organisational shape.
In her free time Noria love’s to dance, Kizomba, Bachata, Forro and jump at any opportunity to chuck on her backpack and go for an adventure.
Qualifications: BTS Assistant de Direction / PA Diploma
Marketing, Sales & Branding
Having recently finished studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, William is finally ready to venture out into the big wide world.
Having cut his teeth at a New Zealand based Lingerie Company, working within almost all areas of their business from forklift driving to retail, he is more than well-versed in being a male minority within the workplace let alone showing he’s not afraid to lend his hand to any task.
Having always had a passion for creative arts, including getting top in design in his high school, William has continued to explore his creative interests by freelancing as a graphic designer for various projects during his studies. Hence, it’s safe to say he will be drawn into helping out our designers between carrying out his marketing and sales activities for Spaceworks.
With an innovative approach to tasks, an unceasing work effort and a passion for sustainability, William is ready to develop his business acumen within Spaceworks.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Kaleb Hines Pickerill
Kaleb is our all-round amazing helper, who at such a young age is already demonstrating business acumen and organisational nous, peppered with 13 year old humour. After school he helps out everyone in the office with all the bits and pieces that make an office hum. Kaleb attends Ponsonby Intermediate school, is a computer programming whiz, attends circus training once a week and happens to be Managing Director, Lizzi Whaley’s son. So, he’s already on the path to entrepreneurial and business success.