Paul Russell | BDes Hons
Paul graduated Massey University Wellington with a Bachelor of design (Hons), majoring in Industrial Design. He began his career as a fitter and turner, winning NZ fitter and turner of the year and came 8th in the world championships in Léon, France. Working at Fisher & Paykel NZ as a model maker and engineer, gaining extensive knowledge into the business of product design.
With a passion for design and an entrepreneurial drive, Paul launched GDP, to share his knowledge of design and production with clients. His ethos for GDP is creating cutting edge design that compliments the manufacturing process, to bring client’s ideas to life as a commercialized product.
Christie Peacocke | DipCDD
Born in the Waikato and now calling Matakana home, Christie has a passion for art, design and business and enjoys the outdoors, art and culture. While attaining her two diplomas in Creative Digital Design at Yoobee School of Design in Auckland, she began designing with us. Christie has a passion for the business of branding and is our in house graphic designer while contributing to the development of our in house sustainable home ware business, Reform.
James Long | BE Hons
Growing up in the Auckland region James has made the most of his close proximity to the sea becoming highly involved in water sports such as ocean swims and sailing. It was growing up seeing the impressive developments achieved in the yachting field that helped guide his decision in becoming an engineer, and after 4 years of study at Massey university in Albany he came north to join the GDP team, with his past experiences and hobbies lending him a fresh unique take on design, and engineering, he provides a valuable addition to the GDP team.
Sam Oliver l BDes Hons
Growing up in Whakatane Sam brings a can-do attitude and hands on approach to the design team here at GDP. Recently graduating from Massey University Wellington with a Bachelor of design (Hons). With an admiration for great design, Sam has a passion for designing innovative products. From Conceptual development through to final detail debates Sam’s thoughtful involvement adds great value to the team. In the weekends you will either catch Sam out fishing in the mighty Hauraki gulf or find him wandering the mountains hunting elusive game.
Dan Wilkinson BDES I Honors
Born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand. After completing his Bachelor of design (Hons) degree at Massey University in Wellington, Dan has migrated north to join our team as one of our experienced in-house Industrial designers. With a fresh young mindset, and passion for good design, Dan will guide you through the design processes to turn your great idea into a beautifully considered product. In his spare time, you’ll most often find him shredding the best mountain biking trails the north has got to offer.