Mick Spratling

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
(AKL BASED)


Since becoming a 120-person New Zealand wide company, Mick is obviously less involved in Camelspace’s day-to-day scaffolding matters if at all. Nonetheless, he was responsible for the design of the Pop-up Globe. A “as close as possible” full-scale working replica of Shakespeare’s 2nd Globe theatre from the 1600s built from scaffold. A design that was ultimately patented with Mick recorded as the inventor and which now tours the world as a working theatre.

As one of two founders of Camelspace, Mick has been Operations Director since 2006, jointly (see Phil) taking the group from a company employing two through to the present-day 120 and New Zealand’s largest scaffolding, event structure and height systems company. Throughout, providing technical and operation leadership and remaining integrally involved in the evolution of the company’s vision.

Mick has been instrumental in shaping the company’s operational and technical-sales teams throughout the country and is responsible for the collaborative and technically innovative approach to client solutions taken by all those team members.

Working in a Business Analysis capacity with an external developer, over the past five years Mick was responsible for the development of an industry leading cradle-to-grave workflow, job management and productively monitoring/reporting software application in use across the company’s branches and continuing to drive productivity and margin improvements on an ongoing basis.

Day-to-day along with the other executive director on the group’s board, Mick jointly directs the executive team and continues to provide strategic guidance to a multi-branch diversified company which is the largest of its type in New Zealand.

Mick sits on the Camelspace Group board of directors.


Pre Camelspace

Mick entered the scaffold industry while living in London in the early 90's, working in a number of hands-on, lead-technical and man-management roles during which time he worked for a number of different companies in Australia and the U.K.

Upon arrival in New Zealand in 1999 (originally from Queensland), Mick began work with a Wellington scaffold company; the first to import Layher scaffolding into New Zealand. Identifying a need in the market for a modern scaffolding system. Mick along with the company’s owners travelled to Germany and negotiated to become their local agent. The company later becoming what is now the New Zealand office of Layher international.

Mick was with Layher NZ for a total of 7 years up to his resignation in August '06. During that time Mick played one of a handful of key roles along the company’s road to becoming the largest importer of access and scaffolding systems in New Zealand.

Mick's final position was Group Manager Sales and Technical, reporting directly to the Managing Director. Responsible for new business development, Mick divided his time between Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Mick was instrumental in Layher’s expansion into Australia in 2003 as the first 'man on the ground'.


Qualifications

Mick holds all, including the highest, scaffolding qualifications available in New Zealand and Australia.

Active in the industry outside of Camelspace, Mick was an Executive Board Member of SARNZ (Scaffolding and Rigging New Zealand) from 2002 to 2005 and was a NZQA registered scaffold training assessor.

Mick has 25 years industry experience and is widely acknowledged as one of the country's leading authorities on Layher scaffold.