Neil Heron

Business Development Manager

2017 - Current

Carters Building Supplies

2016 - 2017


NZ Ltd

2014 - 2016

CSP Coatings

2008 - 2014

35+ year of knowledge within the construction industry in New

Zealand. From Residential to Major Commercial Developments, to

major Infrastructure Projects, NZTA major projects and working with

ATCOP Street Lighting maintenance contractors.

Dealing with Steel Fabricators to major construction companies

across NZ, in the Coatings Industry. Complete background in

dealing with Architects, Construction Company’s, Quantity

Surveyors, Consulting Engineers in Major projects.

Managing all aspects of contract negotiating to job completion.

Ricky Tom

Site Manager Metspray

April 2018 - Current

Ricky has Managed the Metspray Site team since April 2018. He

has an outstanding understanding of the protective coatings

industry and products. Ricky’s employee’s have benefited from his

knowledge to grow into an experienced Site Abrasive Blasting and

Protective Coating application unit.

Projects Managed

Auckland Airport JUHI Fuel Tanks

Auckland Central Cycleway

Auckland Harbour Bridge Upgrade


Confined Space Training

Gas Detector Testing

H/S SSSP, Task Analysis

Hazard Registers

DG Dangerous Good Licence

First Aid

Counties Industrial Coatings December 2008 - April 2018

Operations Manager


CIP Level 1 Coatings Inspector

Site Safe Civil / Building / Heights Construction

Dave Rippingale

Factory Manager / Health & Safety

2016 - 2018

In this period, I was involved in setting up our Inductions program,

site specific SOPs, site rules and our permit to work system. I was

involved in doing investigations of incidents that were reported

through our incident reporting.

I managed staff in three plants sand blasting /painting and zinc

metal spraying

CSP Coatings

Galvanizing Plant Manager

2006 - 2016

Over seeing through put through the plant, managing all

chemicals and their strengths. Managing staff and managed

health and safety in the plan.

Member of the Health and Safety committee.

Level 3 Frontline Management,

Level 4 Frontline Management Public Speaking,

Train the trainer,

Accident investigations,

Hazard ID,

Hazard management

Galvanizing Technical Verifier for NZQA

Strong and effective working relationships

Steve Gollop

Commercial Project Specialist June 2019 - Current


25 years of industrial experience in abrasive blasting and industrial coatings field. 

I spent 16 years working in all aspects of the abrasive blasting and industrial coatings on mill sites for Corrosion control NZ LTD. The business changed hands to Transpacific industries I continued working for Transpacific as Branch manager for 5 years until it was sold to Intergroup NZ LTD. I continued ad branch manager there after for 2 years. There after I moved to Auckland and continued with Intergroup NZ Ltd for 2 years in the field of Intumescent coatings as supervisor them moving into logistics roll. 

The work I have performed, abrasive blasting on mild steel tanks and structural steel I also have completed a lot of work based around blast cleaning of steam turbines for allied industrial engineering and customers such as Rolls Royce, Other customers I have preformed work for are councils mill sites and power generation businesses throughout the central region. I have now joined Metspray as commercial projects specialist and am proud to be part of the Team. 

Chris Schultz-Merrick

Director 2014 - Current

Co-Founder of Metspray NZ


With over 20 years experience in the Protective Coatings industry

through his time at Metspray and working for PPG Protective and Marine Coatings, as New Zealand Sales Manager, and Dulux 

Protective Coatings, as Northland Territory Manager.

Chris’s background in protective coatings gives him the tools, &

knowledge to understand how critical they are to the life expectancy to any project or asset. He is passionate about 

driving quality back into this industry since embarking on his journey as Director of Metspray, He

has worked tirelessly to install in all his team that quality is number one.

Kim Schultz-Merrick

Finance Manager 2014 - Current

Co-Founder of Metspray NZ

Chris & Kim took over the Metspray business in January 2014, taking on 7 existing employees. Over the last 5 years, our staff have increased to

34 members, 6 of which are the original staff members. When we took over the business there were no processes in place, & manual job sheets. We have bought the company up to the

21st century with technology & processes.

As Metspray’s Finance Manager, Kim is across all aspects of the

business assisting Chris when needed, with governance of the company.

Dave Holmes

Operations Manager 2015 - Current

Metspray (NZ) 2013 Ltd

Originally responsible for 10 staff, 3years on we have risen to 25 staff

on the shop floor. Duties include day to day running of 3 plants and night shift 5 days a week. 

Production planning, dealing with clients and attending meetings

CSP Coatings

Paint shop Manager 2011 - 2015

Responsible for 10 staff, estimating, production, Health and safety,

budget. Trained in internal audit systems, Accident investigation,

hazard control and management.

SOP, Staff holidays etc.

Maxitrans NZ

Operations Foreman 2005 - 2011,

Came from Australia 2007, to run new site, 45 staff.

Duties, overall responsibility of production, .Health and safety,.


improvement team, Production planning.

Volvo UK

Apprenticeship ( body and paint) worked my way up to Supervisor of

factory. Factory trained and attended college for 5 years.

Gained National qualifications in Panel and Paint procedure. City @

Guilds parts 1-4

Left after 30 years continuous employment to emigrate to Australia

Sarah Edwards

QA & Administration Manager 2016 - Current

As a new entrant to the protective coatings industry my purpose

was to absorb industrial knowledge and assist the owners to drive

process and technological development and improvement across the administrative operations of Metspray.

In this time frame, I

have grown from on floor QA inspections and administrative

assistant to now leading a team of 9 focused on the

administration, Quality Assurance and Inwards - Dispatch

operating arms of Metspray.

Bachelor of Commerce

Accounting & Economics (University of Otago 2008)

Postgraduate In Economics (University of the South Pacific 2013)

Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (2008 – 2014)

Was part of a team that drove economic policy advice and

development for effective decision and national planning. Managed effective analysis and monitoring of trends in the national/international economy. Contributed to the development of the budget policy statement, the economic and fiscal updates through to the annual budget process.

University of the South Pacific (2008 – 2015)

Economic tutor

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