Meet the Team

The Konstruct Team is made up of a dedicated hard working group of individuals who take great pride in making top quality gear and giving you the best possible experience!

Konstruct's organisational structure is like a ship - yes a pirate one. Find out where everyone fits on this crazy boat:


Chris Ashton

CEO, DIRECTOR

Also known as Crash, Chris is the Captain of the Konstruct Ship. This role means he is constantly busy ensuring that sailing is going smoothly and everyone is doing their part to make this happen. When he isn't aboard, he's probably meeting you for a coffee. Chris and our fabulous Customer Services Manager Ria are married.

 Dunedin born and bred, Chris and his wife Ria make their home in West Auckland now.

Crash is Hockey-mad, and is a proud member of the Roskill Eden Premier Mens Hockey team. Crash played Hockey for the Southern National League Hockey team for 10 years.  His other interests include playing the guitar and making people laugh, both of which he does rather well.

Chris has a rather illustrious history of acheivement. Chris won the Young Enterprise Scheme National Award in 2001 for a business he started, producing playing cards featuring local businesses. He was headboy of Kings High School in 2002 and is a graduate of the University of Otago, gaining an LLB in 2007. He co-founded Konstruct whilst still a student in 2006.


Ria VandervisRia Vandervis

CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER, DIRECTOR

Also known as Layla Soubrani (in Packed to the Rafters), Dr. Harper Whitley (on Shortland Street) and Roxanne Perez (Cops L.A.C.), Ria is Konstruct's superstar Customer Services Manager. When not acting, Ria is answering your enquiries and overseeing company management.

Born and raised in Dunedin, Ria attended Columba College earning the Fergus Ring for Best All Rounder in 2001. Ria also won the New Zealand Trinity College Prize for best speech, which also won her fourth place in the worldwide competition. Ria won a scholarship to study architecture at university but opted to pursue her passion for acting and completed a B.PerfA at Unitec in Auckland.

After graduating, Ria's showbiz debut was in the feature film The Devil Dared Me To. She then appeared as Miratrix in the long-running TV series Power Rangers. She has had other major roles in The Cut; Underbelly 2: A Tale of Two Cities; Packed to the Rafters; Rescue: Special Ops; Cops L.A.C.; Harry; and currently Shortland Street.


Tom Wolfenden

STRATEGY & OPERATIONS MANAGER, DIRECTOR

Also known as Tom, Tom is the chief navigator of the Konstruct Ship. Overseeing strategy and operations, Tom's job is to ensure that Konstruct is sailing in the right direction.

Tom has some previous experience in this. Born in the UK, Tom and his family set sail on their waka (the good ship Kate Cooley) from England in 1991. For the next three and a half years, Tom and his family sailed half-way around the world to finally end up in Aotearoa.

Tom co-founded Konstruct while completing his undergraduate studies at Otago. He has a BA Hons in Spanish and Political Studies, and a Masters degree in International Studies.



Sophie Rose

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Also known as Soph, Snotty, Snowy - Sophie runs the production team here at Konstruct.

Hailing from Whangamata in the beautiful Coromandel, Soph now makes her home in West Auckland.  Sophie ensures everything goes smoothly during the production process and that all jobs go out on time.  She is the general Miss Fixit around the factory.

Soph finished her Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree (Majoring in Print Making) with top marks from Dunedin School of Art.  Any spare time is taken up with creating ceramics, painting, cooking, and general creating; you name it, she'll make it, and nail it.

Soph's dog Mila joins her at the factory each day, and Mila's best friend, Chris and Ria's dog Maeby, also hangs out at the factory.  

Sophie's other passion is Skiing and she spent a year in Canada pursuing this passion. You will see her up the slopes at Whakapapa whenever she gets the chance.


 

Ben SargeantBen Sargeant

CHIEF EMBROIDERY OFFICER

Ben, or Baeny ensures all garments are embroidered with your logo and go out looking amazing! 

Baeny plays the drums for the amazing band Ha the Unclear. Check out their music at their website http://www.hatheunclear.com/. The Konstruct factory, and some Konstructed garments appear in the video Growing Mould on their website- check it out.

Ben's other passions are following Formula 1 Racing (he's a big Mercedes team fan), and supporting the Black Caps.

Dunedin born and bred Baeny and his partner Kate now make inner city Auckland their home.