Our Team


Peter de Gouw

Peter de Gouw (Director)

Pete has been building in Canterbury since 1977 and to this day remains passionate about the industry.  Despite keeping a low profile, Home Trends Builders have been awarded a number of Registered Master Builders‘House of the Year’ awards.

He attributes the success of his medium-sized building company to his dedication to following any job through from start to finish and delivering a quality product on time as promised.

Peter is a Licensed Building Practitioner with both Site 1 and 2 licences and is experienced in running small to large jobs. He also has a NZCB and a NZCHS.


Elaine de Gouw

Elaine de Gouw (Administration Support Manager)

Elaine has been associated with Home Trends Builders since 2009 and her background in event co-ordination and client liaison compliment the human resource and public face of the company.

Elaine’s thoroughness and efficiency is appreciated by our clients. Elaine is also responsible for our social media, interior design and social club events.


Lonnae Harris

Lonnae Harris (Office Manager)

Lonnae has been with the company since 2002 and efficiently manages all aspects of the busy office. Along with handling debtors, creditors and payroll, she also ensures all Health and Safety requirements are met by the whole team.

Lonnae is a highly valued member of the HTB team.


Simon Ashdowne

Simon Ashdowne (Site Foreman)

Simon is a Licensed Building Practitioner. Simon started with Home Trends in 2002.  He is highly skilled in managing numerous projects,  especially new architectural homes and group builder homes.

Simon was also our Project Manager for a two-storey Townhouse in Merivale which was awarded a ‘Gold’ and ‘Gold Reserve’ at the Canterbury Registered Master Builders House of The Year 2016.

These Townhouses also received another ‘Gold’ as well as ‘Category winner for Local Multi Unit’ and ‘Gold Reserve’ in the 2017 competition which was for Simon the icing on the cake.  2018 also proved a winning year with 2 Silver awards in the local competition.


Marc Anderson

Marc Anderson (Site Foreman)

Marc is a loyal, passionate and enthusiastic member of our team. He has over 15 years of building experience and joined the HTB team in 2015.

Marc has vast experience in the role of foreman and after the Christchurch Earthquakes worked as an EQC estimator and also at Fletcher EQR.

Marc has won a gold award in the CRMBA House of The Year competition 2 years running.  Marc is also a Licensed Building Practitioner.


Clem Duval

Clem Duval (Site Foreman)

Clem is the newest member to join the HTB Site Foreman team.

He started with us in 2017 and brings with him over 7 years’ experience in the NZ Defence Force having worked in Niue, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands constructing new facilities and providing humanitarian assistance. 

Clem excels in both new builds and alterations. He is also a Licensed Building Practitioner.


Jason Williams (Site Foreman)

Jason joined the HTB team in 2016 bringing with him  8 years of building experience.

Having completed his apprenticeship in North Canterbury, Jason has done extensive work on house alterations & renovations, new builds and EQC rebuilds.

Jason is a Licensed Building Practitioner.


Terrie Cresswell (Project Manager)

Terrie started with HTB in 2014 and brings with her over 30 years experience in the construction industry.

She has valuable project management experience and interfaces with our clients in the complicated alteration and repair processes.

Terrie is very competent in dealing with EQC, Fletchers, Insurance companies and subcontractors on behalf of the home owner.