Meet our team


Meet our team who will craft your new home.

When you partner with WA Country Builders to build your new home, you will gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from our team members. They will work with you to help assess the unique needs of your block, to articulate your lifestyle and your needs in your new home and to ensure you get the perfect design before you move forward into the building stage. Read more about our key team members below.

JOEL MERRIN
New Homes Consultant

Himself a registered builder, Joel has been with WA Country Builders & The Rural Building Company for well over a decade. Priding himself on a very high level of detail, Joel strives to provide his clients with a no nonsense upfront approach, in turn eliminating any surprises down the line. Joel’s vast knowledge of construction is an invaluable asset when it comes to helping you into your new home and this ultimately leads to a very enjoyable building experience for all those who choose to work with him.

GAVIN TURNER
New Homes Consultant

Born and raised in the WA Goldfields, Gavin started his working life doing an apprenticeship in Horticulture.

On the completion of his 4-year apprenticeship, Gavin purchased and ran a successful Garden Centre / Landscaping business for 26 years. After selling up his interests in the Goldfields and moving the Avon region, Gavin started a new career as a New Homes Consultant for WA Country Builders and The Rural Building Company in the Northam office in 2009. After the relocation of the Northam office, Gavin is now based in our Osborne Park office. Gavin provides exceptional customer service to his clients and plays a vital role in helping them achieve their dream of building a lovely new home.

ADRIAN VAN DER MEULEN
New Homes Consultant

18 years of experience leaves me well placed to help you into your dream home. Do you have a challenging block? Are the soil conditions challenging? Is your BAL assessment high for the block? Do you have specific needs with relation to the floor plan of your home?

These are all questions I deal with all the time. Having helped clients build homes from Lancelin to Toodyay and then down to Wandering I have a vast range of knowledge and experience in all situations.

SHELLEY KRANZ
New Homes Administrator

Shelley has worked in the residential building industry since 2005, mainly in prestart but also in shire approvals, contracts, and sales administration. During her time in the industry, Shelley has been involved with single storey and two storey homes, as well as multi-unit developments. Shelley enjoys the prestart process where she can assist her clients with the finer details and selections for their home; and then seeing each home take shape during construction, and the excitement of the final key handover.

MAGGIE SEKULA
New Homes Administrator

The team’s pocket rocket, Maggie works at a mile a minute to guide you through all of your selections and documentation. With 10 years of prestart experience, this self-confessed Grand Designs addict is at her best when she is helping you to convert the picture in your mind’s eye into the reality of your new home. Colours, cabinets and tiles are her happy place. Red Bull gives her wings.

CHRIS HOLDER
Construction Supervisor

Chris has worked with WA Country Builders for over 11 years as a Construction Supervisor, building over 150 homes of varying sizes and styles. Chris has a creative streak, spending his leisure time creating things such as furniture while also spending time by the ocean as an off shore sailor. A family man at heart, Chris devotes his time to his family and 2 grandsons who he adores.

STEVE IERINO
Construction Supervisor

Steve has been working at WA Country Builders as a Site Supervisor since early 2007. In 2008 Steve completed his Diploma of Builder’s Registration at Tafe and in early 2012 achieved his Builders Registration. Most of Steve’s previous experience was in Cabinet Making and some Secondary Fix Carpentry. He enjoys building WA Country Builders home’s as it isn’t your ordinary style of home, and that there are many challenges with the homes we build which makes it rewarding once the client’s home is completed.

STEVE MCLURE
Construction Supervisor

Steve lives in Wandering and builds our homes in the souther suburbs and surrounds. He started out in the industry as a bricklayer and then supervisor, but has proved over many years he can turn his hand to anything which has given him a very broad range of experience – including a stint as a marron farmer! He has supervised for WA Country Builders for over a decade and now balances his time between supervising our houses, time with children and grandchildren, and being part of the coaching team at the Boddington Eagles Football Club. Originally from Geelong, he is still a Geelong Football Club Supporter – but we forgive him.

DANIEL OORSCHOT
Construction Supervisor

Of Dutch heritage, Perth lad Daniel was raised in Upper Swan developing a love for the rural lifestyle. Daniel followed in his father’s footsteps gaining experience in roof carpentry and roof estimating, before going on to become a supervisor and registered builder in his own right. Daniel is a quiet achiever, taking great pride in the homes he builds our clients in the Avon region and surrounds. Weekends are spent with his son – teaching him to ride motorbikes and enjoy everything that Perth and the country lifestyle have to offer.

MICHAEL BRACKENREG
Construction Manager

Our construction manager, Mike, is a second generation builder, born and raised in Geraldton. Starting as a plumbing apprentice, and then working through the supervisory and construction manager ranks, Mike has worked across an extremely broad range of construction projects in his rich career including commercial, complex residential and volume residential construction. A registered builder, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge of construction methodologies and building practices with which to oversee our supervisory team. When not at work, Mike unwinds on the golf course, at the Eagles or on his Sunday morning bike rides with mates.

BROOKE GALE
Regional Manager

Brooke started within the building industry in 2006 and has taken on a number of positions in that time.

Brooke is truly passionate about the building industry and encapsulates the core values of the company. Previous experience in a number of different roles has shaped the way in which Brooke supports the team on a daily basis.

DAVID HOCHWALD-JONES
Group General Manager

David is a no nonsense bloke with a combination of passion and drive for the industry that is infectious. With over twenty three years in the building industry working on everything from multi residential developments, manufacturing, subcontracting through to 7 million dollar luxury homes David brings a wealth of experience to the role. David is a registered building practitioner and contractor and has been involved with the HIA sitting on the Industrial Relation Legal Committee and served also as the Chair of the Technical Services committee. David Loves his sport and anything on two wheels. David is married with two adult children.