Alastair Miles – Director
Alastair was born in 1969 in Methven, a small town in the foothills of Mount Hutt where he grew up and completed his secondary education. It was also where he developed his love of sports and music, with some notable achievements in both.
Alastair’s school references suggest him to have been academically capable, well liked and respected by both his peers and teachers. Alastair’s ability to get on with different people is a personality trait he carries to this day.
After a 12 months working for Industrial Holdings as a Quantity Surveying Cadet, Alastair studied for and obtained NZC in Quantity Surveying.
He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Quantity Surveying (today’s degree equivalent) through part-time distance learning study whilst working full-time as Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager for Alan Bateman & Associates and later on for Style Homes in Christchurch where he gained valuable building and project management experience and quickly developed a reputation as a capable, responsible employee with high work ethics.
In 1995, after five months of travelling Alastair started work in London for John Rowan & Partners where he was quickly trusted to a number of high profile projects and tasks including leading teams of up to 16 members delivering various multiple (up to 200 stores) commercial refits and refurbishments in often very short periods of time (four to eight months).
Amongst Alastair’s notable achievements at John Rowan & Partners are the development of the company’s project management arm and the enhancement of company’s internal management system. In 1999, following an outstanding track record with the company, Alastair was made a partner and worked in his capacity as the partner in charge of Project Management until leaving in 2003.
In 2002, Alastair married his Persian girlfriend and in September 2003, having taken some time off to enjoy his new-born son Oliver, the young family were back in New Zealand where Alastair worked for Paban Consulting Limited as a project manager in charge of various projects including a $1.5m executive home and shortly afterwards for Canterbury District Health Board where he was brought into the existing project management team responsible for building the new $80m Christchurch Women’s Hospital and the relocation of the staff and patients.
In June of 2005, shortly after the completion of the hospital, Alastair was offered the General Manager role in an established housing company. Alastair stayed with the company for 16 months during which time he streamlined on-site performance and productivity, improved customer satisfaction and increased sales by 20%.
Alastair left in November 2006 to form his own company, Miles Construction.
Simon Davis – Sales Manager
Simon is a true Cantabrian – Canterbury is his home! After completing his education at Christchurch Boy’s High School and two years at Canterbury and Lincoln universities he decided his passion was for Sales & Marketing. Simon has worked in Sales & Marketing all of his life.
For the first 20 years of his working life he worked in the flooring industry and helped grow a very well-known furnishing company to be one of the largest companies in the South Island. He became the face of the company in all of their marketing and is well known for the tag line ‘We’ll make your house a home’. For the next fourteen years he was the Marketing & Sales Manager for a large building company in Christchurch. His knowledge in design and building of residential new homes is second to none. He describes his style as being very conservative as he knows after being in the industry for so long how important it is to get the detail right for his clients “I believe in crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s for all of my clients, there are no grey areas”.
His decision to join Miles Construction was exciting news for both parties at the time and after two years his wealth of knowledge in the building industry has added to the already strong reputation Miles Construction has in the Canterbury building industry.