More than just a building company, we’re a close knit family that loves renos and is passionate about bringing your renovation plans to life. We’re big fans of positive collaborations and transparent communication with you, your architect, our core group of builders and subcontractors and everyone on the renovation project team.


General Manager

Russell’s a force to be reckoned with. A team player and big picture thinker with a serious creative side, he’s been a builder since the age of 15. That’s a whole lot of renovation expertise that he’s more than keen to share with clients looking for exceptional results.

Now that he manages rather than builds, Russell’s day to day satisfaction comes from seeing his clients’ properties transformed into modern living spaces that meet their needs for today and the future.

A passionate advocate for training young builders, Russell currently has x enrolled apprenticeships and many former apprentices have gone through their training, started their own companies and now work in partnership with Licensed Renovations. Plus, the skill and training provided by our team has led to Master Builders Apprentice of the Year award wins. Read about our awards.

When he’s not at work, you can find Russell working on his bach in the Bay of Plenty or out on the boat fishing. Talk to Russell now.

Sonja Mail
General Manager of Finance & Administration

Sonya’s the glue that holds us all together. An organisational goddess, she keeps the office running smoothly, manages our accounts and finances and ensures the lines of communication are open and humming. Juggling a diverse range of jobs, she’s an expert administrator, liaising with Council on Code of Compliance and keeping our projects and everyone in the office in order.

Here since the beginning, Sonya has years of hands-on experience coordinating the nitty gritty financial details of residential renovations projects. Always happy to go out of her way to help you with colours, tiling, carpet or fittings suggestions, she loves dealing with our many happy clients. Outside the office, Sonja loves to cook and entertain and you’ll often spot her walking her gorgeous canine, Mary Lou.

Quantity Surveyor

Armed with extensive building experience and meticulous attention to detail, Peter plays a key role in the success of Licensed Renovations’ renovation projects. A member of the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors and a Licensed Building Practitioner, Peter is the one who will put together your preliminary renovation budget.

Peter helps all our clients identify costs and save money in the early stages of their renovations project. He guides clients to make the right call early on, so every part of the renovations project is under control and forecasted. Out of work, Peter enjoys badminton and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Foreman, Project Manager, Operations Manager

A craftsman on the tools, Ollie helps to coordinate and organise our residential renovations projects. On site every day, he's the one ensuring everyone is where they need to be, when they need to be, according to their skillset and the project timeline. Ollie makes sure the materials are there, things are running smoothly and communication is clear and constant with all involved.

A builder for 12 years, he specialised in renovations in Wellington for nine, returning to his Auckland birthplace three years ago to join our team. A problem solver who loves working with the history of older homes, he enjoys the challenging creative side of renovations far more than new builds; figuring it out, thinking on your feet, while still keeping architects, council and most importantly, clients, happy. Giving you peace of mind, your quality work will look amazing and stand the test of time.

When not on the job site you’ll find Ollie in the garage, still with tools in his hands, either carving or making furniture. Otherwise, he’s at the gym, or on an overseas adventure with his amazing partner Anita.


Love renovating? We’re expert builders and renovation specialists working throughout the Auckland area. With more than three decades in the trade, we’re passionate about project managing, building and transforming a diverse range of renovation projects with care. If you have the skills, are prepared to work hard, love people and customer service and are willing to learn, ask us now about apprenticeship and Licensed Building Practitioner opportunities coming up soon.

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