MEET THE TEAM
Meet the Team behind the sheds! Spanlift's corporate staff consists of a small but passionate team of individuals who work together to get the job done.
"Big enough to deliver, small enough to care"
Garry GraceGeneral Manager
Garry fills the role of General Manager at Spanlift & Gorilla, leading from behind by backing up the team, generating new ideas for the business, checking on designs created by the drafting team and also talking with customers. Garry loves the team and comradery most of all at Spanlift. He loves what we create and takes pride in seeing people’s dreams become reality.
In his spare time, Garry loves to be with family and friends – particularly standing around an outdoor fire in the bush when “the shadows are long and the laughter is frequent!” ⛺🔥Read morex
David OrnigGM of Sales & Marketing
Dave fills the role of General Manager across the Sales & Marketing teams at Spanlift & Gorilla, bringing the two companies and solutions into a streamlined market offering. From his passion for the Australian Agricultural, Wine & Spirits industries, working at Spanlift allows him to do what he loves and work with an awesome customer base to provide solutions that fulfill their needs. Dave’s energy brings a new level of fun to the workplace and his presence greatly adds to the team experience!
When not working, Dave explores SA trying different food and drink with his family, sailing as an active member of the Glenelg Yacht Club, doing woodwork, fishing and presenting at wine tasting events 🍷Read morex
Jude HargreavesFinance Account Officer
Jude fills the role of Finance Account Officer at Spanlift & Gorilla with duties including anything to do with finance or finance systems within the business! Jude likes working at Spanlift due to the amazing team and the way that everyone works together, “Not a day goes by without something making me laugh!”
In her free time, Jude loves to spend plenty of time at the beach with her family (Having 2 young sons keeps her busy!). Jude also likes being active, spending time with friends and enjoys trying different amazing SA wines!Read morex
Frank TrimboliProject Manager
Frank is our Project Manager. He coordinates the moving parts, organises contractors, sees to day-to-day operations, makes sure everything is in line to pull the job off, and satisfies the client. Frank offers value to clients by keeping them involved throughout the whole construction process, keeping communication open, and making sure that everyone is on the same page. He loves seeing farmers get excited about their shed – working with them makes his job all the more enjoyableRead morex
Leah GracePurchasing Manager
Leah works behind the scenes to make the magic happen. She’s in charge of purchasing the smaller components, making sure the team is equipped with what it needs to build clients’ dream sheds, as well as lining up council approvals so it’s all systems go. She manages Council Approvals, checks in with suppliers, and works alongside Frank on projects. Leah offers quality service by making sure all her interactions end on a happy note.Read morex
Thomas WilkinsonMarketing Coordinator
Thomas (AKA “Wilko”) works as the Marketing Coordinator for Spanlift & Gorilla, preparing all marketing activities for the business including and not limited to social media management, web development, graphics design, event coordination, photography and copywriting. Wilko loves his job because of the outstanding team that he gets to work with, the dynamic & progressive workplace environment and most importantly the banter with the sales team.
Outside of work, Wilko is a car enthusiast who loves going for drives and working on his cars with mates and spending quality time with family.Read morex
Charles GraceBusiness Development Manager
Charles works as Business Development Manager in the sales team at Spanlift and offers his energy and enthusiasm to the family business. He travels from site to site and visits clients to understand what they need and how Spanlift can deliver a shed fit for purpose. His clientele is diverse: commercial, agricultural, viticulture, schools and everything in between. Charles’ greatest satisfaction comes from delivering the right solution for each individual customer and seeing the final result working as planned.Read morex
Thomas PerryBusiness Development Manager
Thomas fills the role of Business Development Manager @ Spanlift Australia, with main duties consisting of shed sales & building consultancy. Thomas develops networks for the brand for potential business opportunities as well as create an unmatched customer experience that Spanlift is known and loved for! Thomas loves his job as it allows him to get out on the road and meet new people around SA and also the strong team environment that the business promotes.
In his free time, Thomas enjoys spending time with friends & family, playing and watching a variety of sports and going to the beach 🏝️Read morex
Kelly TomneySales Administration
Kelly works as Sales Administration at Spanlift. Her duties include ensuring the team is ready and available for customers both current and prospective, writing up proposals, following up enquiries, helping translate customer ideas into realty and generally keeping everything running smoothly! Kelly likes working at Spanlift because of the friendly colleagues, the fact that her job is equal parts hard work and rewarding and that no two days are the same!
In her free time, Kelly likes spending time with friends and family, enjoys attending Farmers markets and going for walks, learning to skate and doing yoga! 🧘♀️Read morex
Tom GraceDesign Lead
Thomas works as Design Lead at Spanlift & Gorilla, overseeing the drafting team to inform them of any necessary changes to existing models and ensure all 2D & 3D Models meet Spanlift’s (and the council’s) standards, designing/updating products, QA & dealing with engineers. Thomas enjoys the positive atmosphere at Spanlift and the can do will do attitude that the team provides.
In his free time, Thomas enjoys working on cars, small engines or anything to do with machinery (if he isn’t asleep 😴) as well as spending time with friends and family.Read morex
Joe GraceOperations & Procurement Manager
Based in Mount Gambier, Joe works in sales and operations, spending most of his time in purchasing and logistics. A member of the business since 2013, he knows how to keep everything in order so both Spanlift and Gorilla run smoothly. Joe ensures everyone has everything they need for upcoming projects – liaising with the workshop, suppliers, delivery drivers and yardmen to make it all happen. He enjoys building personal connections within the agriculture and viticulture industries. PHONE: 0437 400 404Read morex
Lesley MacdonaldProduction Scheduling & Logistics
Lesley fills the role of Production Scheduling & Logistics at Spanlift. Lesley watches over all departments within the Mt Gambier facility to ensure sheds are delivered on time. When at work, Lesley enjoys the team spirit that the Mt Gambier facility embodies. As well as this, Lesley appreciates the dynamic & progressive workplace environment that Spanlift as a business provides, allowing for flexibility and a healthy work life balance.
Outside of work, Lesley loves to spend time with her family, as well as get out and about to enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and traveling.Read morex
Grant ClayfieldWorkshop Manager
“Grant oversees the day to day running of the workshop, ensuring that all of our sheds, racks and grape bins are manufactured accurately and in a timely manner for our clients. With an eye for detail and a unique sense of humour, ‘Beardy’ has been in and around the Spanlift business since it first started many years ago. A valued member of the team! In his spare time, Grant enjoys four-wheel driving, riding motorbikes and sitting back with a cold glass of Coke Zero!”Read morex
Ben ChambersSite Manager
Ben fills the role of Site Manager at Spanlift, ensuring that all projects are going according to plan by visiting sites in person on behalf of the business. Ben’s roles include his site visits and inspections, general repairs and last but not least drone pilot / photographer! Ben likes working at Spanlift because of the positive team culture and support that is shared throughout.
In his free time, Ben enjoys camping, driving off road remote control cars and working on his 4×4 / vehicles!Read morex
Gerald CastilloDrafting Team Lead
Gerald works as part of Spanlift’s drafting team, working as a Tekla Modeler & Detailer. Gerald loves the culture at Spanlift, he likes how open the team is to communicate and that they are focused on finding solutions to problems that we encounter. Gerald loves his job as the teamwork allows him to be less stressed and achieve more!
In his free time, Gerald enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music and watching his favorite TV shows.Read morex
Michael MedinaDrafting Team
Michael works as part of Spanlift’s drafting team, preparing models of shed projects at a high level of detail. Michael workshops designs across the span of a project to make amendments where necessary and ensure conformity to council standards. Michael enjoys the comradery that Spanlift provides and appreciates that he can create and share new ideas with the team and share personal achievements.
In his free time, Michael enjoys being with his family as well as watching movies, exploring new places (especially places with views of nature!), trying new foods and doing DIY improvements and repairs on his car and home.Read morex
Giann CruzDrafting Team
Giann works as part of Spanlift’s drafting team, creating 3D and 2D models and turning static drawings into animations. She helps clients visualise their dream sheds. Turning mere concepts into plans, she brings them to life and paves the way for their reality. Coupled with her smile and positive energy, her presence only adds to the customer experience.
Giann is proud to see Spanlift’s work contribute to the livelihood of South Australian farmers.Read morex
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