About Us

Brandex is one of the most respected sports Wholesalers in New Zealand with over 30 years of importing and distribution experience.  Through strong management, long term relationships with world class brands have been maintained and strengthened.  With one of the leading outdoor sales teams in New Zealand backed up by a first class customer services team, Brandex is full of staff who are dedicated and passionate about the outdoors and the products we represent.

Meet The Brandex Team


Leanne Hobbs  
Finance & Adminstration Director

Leanne joined Brandex in 1997.  As a keen sports woman involved in a number of different sports, it was a fantastic opportunity to work in an industry she was extremely passionate about. Leanne knows every aspect of the business inside out and finds the variety and great team to be extremely rewarding.  In her spare time she follows a rigorous fitness regime.


David Watt
Outdoor Director

David has an extensive background in Marketing & Management. Outdoor Sports are David's passion and he has participated in Multisport & Adventure Racing for years. He is also a very keen golfer. David joined the Brandex management team in 2006 and oversees all aspects of the business related to the outdoor brands.



Ian Bright
Snowsports Director

Ian has been involved in the ski industry since 1994. Raised in Austria, snow has been in Ian's blood all his life. In 1998 Ian joined the Brandex team spending 8 years as a ski sales rep before joining the Management Team in 2006. Ian oversees all aspects of the business pertinent to winter sports brands.


Doug Stoddart
Winter Product Account Manager

Doug 'the giant Scotsman' started with Brandex in 2015, after doing years of back to back winters between France and Wanaka. He's a boot fitting guru and a passionate skier who also loves mountain biking and doing adventures. He takes care of all our winter brands across NZ. 




Andrew Shepherd
Northern Territory Outdoor Account Manager

Andrew has a background in sport, recreation, fitness, and sales. He has been involved in a number of different sports but his main passion is football, and having played and coached for over 30 years it has been a huge part of his life! In his spare time, Andrew enjoys surfing, golf, and spending time with his family. Andrew joined the Brandex team in 2015 and is excited about the opportunity to work with likeminded people who are passionate about what they do and the brands we represent.            


James Thomas
Southern Territory Outdoor Account Manager

Originally from Wales, James has a big passion for health and fitness and has been involved in the fitness and sales industry for a number of years. In his spare time, James plays rugby and is a very keen golfer. 



Anna Bright
Operations Manager

Anna is  Ian's other half who came to help Brandex out in 2008 and is still here. Anna loves the industry – it's filled with good people, all doing what they love, and she now can't imagine working anywhere else.


Prue Griffiths
Customer Services/Marketing

Prue came on board In June 2012 - bang in the middle of winter craziness. Prue's hobbies include mountain biking and snowboarding (much to Ian's disgust!).



Kieran McGuigan
Warehouse Manager

Kieran joined Brandex in April 2013. Kieran has a penchant for cycling adventures, and in 2013 completed the 4418km Great Divide mountain bike route. Kieran's weekends often entail cycling or tramping - although he can usually be heard on a Monday morning complaining that "his partner made him do it!"

  Emma van Opzeeland
Marketing Manager

Emma joined the team as our marketing manager across all brands in May 2016. She has a background in swimming and completed her first half ironman in 2015. Emma prefers road bikes to mountain bikes, and loves running on trails. The Coast to Coast has been a goal for many years and the Brandex environment will only encourage her to get on and do it! 
    Lucy Gunn
Customer Services

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