Meet the Team at Nelson Forktrucks Ltd
Kim Murdoch – Director and Specialist Forklift Technician
Started NFL in Dec 1993 – Forklift Mechanic for over 30 years.
Qualified automotive technician – specialising in forklifts. Kim started his apprenticeship on forklifts, after leaving school he went to work for Gordon Dacombe at Forklift Services Nelson, Kim has pretty much worked specifically on forklifts ever since – all makes, models, sizes etc. In 1993 when John Higgins sold up his business and Kim was keen to take over. Since starting up Nelson Forktrucks Ltd. Kim has always remained hands on, this is what he enjoys. Kim is an authorised Warrant of Fitness Officer, holds many licences including "F" endorsement and HT. Only recently he has taken a step back to guide the young guys and you will find him in the office more often. When Kim's not at work he enjoys socialising and getting out and traveling around the countryside with partner Mel. Contact Kim.
Colleen Bradley – Director and Office Manager
Started NFL in Dec 1993
Upon leaving school Colleen attended an office training course at NMIT, she had various jobs including assistant branch manager of an automotive parts business in Perth. In 1994 the twins (Kayley and Layton) were born and Colleen ran the business from home. Colleen has many jobs at NFL, Office Manager, Health & Safety Compliance, Procedures, Xero management, Bank Rec plus much more. Colleen enjoys the outdoors – you will find her out in the garden with partner Stu, with the grandchildren or out and about on the weekends. Contact Colleen.
Duncan Cunningham - Senior Forklift Technician
At NFL since 1996.
Duncan has many years of experience on forklifts prior to working at NFL, and has now clocked up over 20 years here with NFL and 40 years in the trade! Duncan completed his automotive apprenticeship with the Power Board many moons ago, and is now mostly based from our workshop and often oversees the younger guys, offering backup experience and guidance. He also oversees their apprenticeship assignments etc. Duncan is an authorised Warrant of Fitness Officer, and holds a "F" Endorsement on his licence. On the weekend Duncan and Barbie enjoy getting out and about in our lovely region.
Jeff Chapman - Parts & Service Specialist
Started at NFL 2001
Jeff has been a part of our team for nearly 20 years. He does a bit off everything - answers the phone, organises parts, helps out co-ordinating service work for the workshop guys, invoicing etc etc. Mostly he is in the office but you will often see him out and about in his ute delivering/collecting parts and calling on clients. Jeff holds a "F" Endorsement and an HT licence and a current First Aid Certificate. In his spare time Jeff likes to socialise and hang out with Deb and the family. Contact Jeff
Alec Young – Forklift Technician
At NFL since June 2013.
Alec came to us with previous experience in engineering, cool store and forklifts. He has a variety of experience on forklifts and is now in his fourth year of his automotive apprenticeship training through NMIT. Alec holds a "F" endorsement on his licence and is a LTSA WOF Inspector, he also has a current First Aid Certificate. Kim and Duncan back up Alec in the workshop and when he is out and about on jobs - he often travels for NFL over to Blenheim to our workshop (BFL), down to Christchurch and over the Coast. Alec enjoys hunting and 'car stuff' on the weekends.
DJ Holmes - Forklift Technician
Started at NFL April 2014
DJ started with NFL in April 2014 as the "after school boy", cleaning up the workshop and doing odd jobs. At the end of the year when he decided to leave school we offered him a full time job with an apprenticeship through NMIT. DJ now in his third year of his apprenticeship and doing very well. You will see DJ getting out and about now in his van doing jobs around Nelson and more recently over to Blenheim, down the Coast and Canterbury. DJ holds an "F" endorsement on his licence and a First Aid Certificate. DJ is involved enjoys fixing up his own cars & socialising on the weekend.
Trent Palmer - Workshop Junior
Started at NFL - May 2017
Trent started with NFL in May 2017 after deciding to leave school at the end of 2016. Trent does all sorts of tasks around the workshop including cleaning up and helping the other mechanics with their jobs. Trent has completed his OSH Forklift certificate, has a full licence and is a trained first aider. You'll often see Trent driving around in his van picking up parts and going to help out the other mechanics. On the weekend he enjoys motor cross, water sports and socialising.
Poppy - the Guard Dog (haha)
Poppy comes to work most days, she has been since she was a baby. She helps out by welcoming visitors (usually involves some finger licking) cleaning up the smoko room, however she's not much of a guard dog. She is now 3yrs old.
Vanessa Foster - Admin Support
Started at NFL 2018
Vanessa works a couple of days a week, supporting Heather and Jeff with all admin jobs, filing, accounts payable, health & safety, purchase orders etc. Vanessa is engaged to Layton and they have a daughter Mia who is 2 1/2 years. Vanessa and Layton enjoy family time and getting out motorbiking or 4wd on the weekend.
Jamie Hogarth - After School Boy
Started at NFL 2018
Jamie attends Waimea College and bikes on down to us after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you may also see him during the school holidays.
He tidies the workshop, some painting, cleaning, steam cleans vehicles and forklifts, & carries out basic maintenance checks, etc.
Sharon Jones - Administration
Sharon is the newest member of our team - taking over Heather's duties. She has many tasks, answering the phone, greeting clients, invoicing - debtors and creditors, newsletters, website etc and many more tasks yet to learn.
Sharon and Paul live in Brightwater with their two children and pets.