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About Us

"It's been a business doing pleasure with you"

Curly McLeod

McLeod is a family-owned company specializing in cranes, hiabs, transport, and drilling rig logistics, dedicated to earning unrivalled customer respect and serving as industry leaders in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. With depots in Mt Maunganui, Hamilton, and Taupo, McLeod offers personalised service, reliable operations, expert advice, and 170 dedicated team members, all with a commitment to safety in the pursuit of exceeding customer expectations.

Our Story

At McLeod, we're a family-owned business with a proud history dating back to 1995. Our blue cranes and white trucks are a familiar sight in the Bay of Plenty and increasingly throughout the central North Island, providing top-notch crane, hiab, transport, and drilling rig logistics services.

Our goal has always been to lead the industry, and this determination has driven our growth and earned us a reputation for absolute operational reliability and personalized service. Our three depots in Mt Maunganui, Hamilton, and Taupo serve customers in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions, and our reach extends even further to support customers' more distant needs.

Our values, centered on building and maintaining customer relationships, have remained unchanged since our establishment. They're reflected in our commitment to providing the highest level of customer service, which includes value for money, promptness, efficiency, and up-to-date equipment operated by highly skilled professionals.

Safety is always a top priority at McLeod, and this is reflected in our numerous awards, including being named Winners of the New Zealand Best Health and Safety Initiative for a Small Business in 2012 and finalists for industry leadership in 2014, 2015. Our team of experts is always ready to provide expert, trained, and experienced advice and guidance throughout all stages of your project.

With a long history of success, McLeod is managed by Scott McLeod, Peter McLeod, and Phil Hutchinson, who are proud to continue the traditions set by our founder, Curly McLeod, who passed away in 2012. We're committed to listening to our customers and constantly striving to exceed their expectations.

Meet The Team

Glenn Bayly

Business Support Manager

In 2013 McLeod Hiabs was being placed under increasing pressure to grow and meet further customer demands. Glenn joined the dispatch team to reduce growing pains and establish clear systems, he is a master of logistics.


Glenn often makes what seems impossible possible. Logistics is a high pressure environment where calm heads often save the day - Glenn now supports the wider Management Team team and ensures McLeod meets its commitments.

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Rikki Abraham

ATF/Transport Operations Supervisor

Rikki joined the team back in 2017 as a Hiab Dispatcher. Rikki was a star in this role juggling the many balls of logistics. Rikki now works as the team lead for ATF and Transport. 

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Ben Lehan

Site Operations Supervisor

Ben came to McLeod back in 2014 and is a success of our training programs.  With no crane qualifications, his background in building and construction aided his ability to come to grips with a cranes requirement onsite.  He gained his rigging certificates and then became a qualified crane operator.  He was the master of our Kato MR130 City Crane, before his natural progression into dispatch.  Now you will see him onsite as an Operations Supervisor.  He is committed to 100% customer service satisfaction.


Jacqui Henzler

HR Manager

The art of Human Resources is performed by Jacqui using her unique skill to look after our people. Jacqui ensures our team are walking the walk from Management and Dispatch to the Shop Keepers or Operators looking after our customers with our cranes and hiabs. Jacqui has over 10 years of experience in recruitment and HR.


Michelle Thomson

Health, Safety and Environmental Manager

McLeod lead the industry in Health, Safety and Environmental systems and processes. Michelle is critical to ensuring the Check and Change cycle of Plan, Do, Check and Change is working and the bench mark McLeod is setting is pushed forward.  Michelle holds a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6).


Brian Henzler

Account Manager

Brian joined the McLeod dispatch team in 2016 with experience in logistics and account management.  He has since moved into an Account Manager role with a strong focus on customer relationships and strives to exceed our customer expectations to ensure working with McLeod is an easy and pleasant experience.  


Roger Farrington

Site Operations Manager

Roger joins the team from Auckland Cranes. Roger brings a huge wealth of experience to the team having previously worked in the Auckland crane industry for many years. As a Site Operations Manager, Roger is responsible for crane movements and project logistics along with site inspections. At McLeod Roger is responsible our Kawerau operations, concrete panel projects and drilling rig logistics.  


Ash Vadam

Hamilton Cranes Manager

​Ash joined the McLeod family in early 2021 but was no stranger to the business.  He has been in the crane industry for over 10 years and has experience with trucks, hiabs, mobile cranes, crawler cranes, Tower cranes, pick and carry, mini and spider cranes on both land and barges.  Ash has worked on some large and complex projects overseas which helped him develop a logical and practical approach to any tasks with a focus on safety.  He is an experienced manager running large teams of operators and office staff in different countries and in different settings like projects and taxi hire.

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Lynda Hutchinson

Office Manager

Our customer-facing operations depend on thorough, reliable and highly responsive internal management. McLeod is fortunate in the commitment and capability available in Lynda, who manages financial processes for the business and our customer accounts. Valuably, Lynda has owned and run her own successful company in the past, so knows the requirements of efficient, effective management, and the demands of team building and support. Together with her admin team, she provides a secure administrative base for the company.


Pearce O'Neill

Maintenance and Compliance Manager

It's no small job with over 200 items of plant.


But the Chief takes it in his stride. Pearce has a Royal New Zealand Navy background. An ideal training ground for managing the maintenance and compliance of a large fleet of vehicles.


Proud to have served on HMNZ Te Mana - on a recent tour of the ship it was hard to move with so much of the crew hassling him.  Clearly a well-respected oppo.


David Puschart

Tauranga Hiabs Manager

​Dave has been a resident of Tauranga the past 22 odd years after leaving West Auckland.  A butcher by trade, Dave has spent the past 18 years in logistics and operations.  He is an active runner, loves most sports including fishing, boating and motorbikes.  Dave is supported by his wife of over 30 years, has adult children and now grandies​. We are proud to welcome David to the Team.

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Dean Wright

Operations Manager (Wind)

Dean fulfills the demanding role of Operations Manager (Wind). As such, he is often located around the country looking after wind farms for McLeod. Dean has previously worked as a site engineer - so has been on the other end in ordering cranes. It means he understands relevant requirements thoroughly, and the importance of getting the right machine first time. 


Mark Innes

Hamilton Hiabs Manager

Mark joined the Team in 2019 as a Franna Operator in the Oji Kinleith Team. He quickly moved to become the Oji Manager with his surprising background in Sales and Marketing real estate. 


Today Mark leads the Hamilton Hiab Team and quickly becoming an expert in this area of the business.


Alex Sutton

Taupo Branch Manager

Alex is our manager in Taupo, he is a long time employee with McLeod having previously operated mobile cranes up to 170 Tonne. Alex often manages large geothermal drilling rig moves around the Central Plateau and coordinates McLeod during maintenance shuts at various factories and plants.


As a Taupo local we are proud to have him as part of our team. Alex works with our customers in the field to ensure every project meets our high standards.


Jonathan P

“We just had a new transportable home lifted in by McLeod's. Amazing service and skills. Went above and beyond to make this a smooth project."

Jadwyn J

"After realising that my "spot" of where I wanted the spa placed was tucked into our back section, it was time to call the professionals...and at very short notice! Brian and Warrick came out to check out what would be the best solution. Slick work of getting into a tight spot. Would highly recommend the professional service of these guys. Thanks so much!"

Judy Dickie

“I cannot praise this company enough. Their communication was friendly and prompt. Their organization was impressive, they had to provide a crane at each end of the move, a skateboard truck, a dogman and traffic control and all of this went without a hitch. They worked as a great team, smoothly, with incredible skills.”
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