The Team

Dennis Thorn


Owner of the business for 35 years now, and in 2012 bought Grant Stewart in as a shareholder and Managing Director. This has enabled Dennis to step out of the day to day running of the business, to focus more on future direction and strategy. Grant & Dennis share the same commitment to a quality service brand, and they have a very clear vision for the company’s development and growth. Continued investment in our people, our product range & technological improvements are paramount; while working alongside other businesses with similar values, whether suppliers, customers or service providers, is an important part of the company’s philosophy. Dennis is married with 3 boys and besides rugby (of course) he enjoys golf, fishing, skiing & keeping the body together.

Grant Stewart

Managing Director

Grant has been with R&T for over 40 years and in 2012 took up a shareholding and directorship in the company. He has worked through the warehouse, customer services, sales, & for the last few years as Assistant General Manager. He is an integral member of the Reid & Twiname team and has an indepth knowledge of our operations, our products, our customers and the industry. Grant has the high values & business ethics necessary to step up in the business. Grant is married with 2 daughters in their 20’s. He is a single figure handicap golfer, and into family, rugby, fishing and the outdoors.

Grant Barlow

South Island Manager

Grant first started in the industry in 1982 after returning from his OE in the UK. He has had some 40 years involvement in the supply side of the industry from warehouse person to Branch Manager. Grant has worked in both the North & South Islands & is extremely enthusiastic about what he does & how he does it. He enjoys the team environment and the strong company culture at R&T, and has been instrumental in growing the position of R&T in the South Island. Grant has been married to Helena since 1983 and is the proud father of two adult sons and proud grandfather of a grandson.

Area Managers

Kane Pottinger

Division Manager - Industrial Transport & Engineering Supplies

021 907 208

Kane has over 25 years experience in the outdoor & industrial textiles industry and 5 years further developing our Motorbody Hardware range within the South Island. Kane is based in Christchurch and really enjoys building strong positive relationships with his customers. He is a keen on mountain biking, motor biking and loves adventure travel.

Aaron Brereton

Sales Manager - Textiles

021 866 998

Aaron has been with R & T for over three years and thrives in a sales role. He is the father of two, that are the cause of his grey hairs. Aaron loves getting out on the road and the one on one with customers. Whilst he has a passion for all cars he is a true fan of all things Holden.

Joe Allan

Area Manager - Textiles North Island

021 762 688

Joe has been with R&T for over 12 years starting in customer services & moving into his Area Manager position. He thrives on the customer interaction the job gives him. Joe is a family man with 3 young children. His interests are fishing & socializing with friends, and he's a pretty handy darts player.

Josh Barlow

Area Manager - ITES and Textiles South Island

022 657 2875

Josh initially started at R & T when he left school. He left to live overseas for 10 years and rejoined the company upon his return to NZ. He spends most of his spare time enjoying catch ups with family and friends. Any chance to get away tramping, hiking and being in the great outdoors is pure bliss for him.

Denny Chand

Area Manager - ITES and Textiles North Island

021 240 9810

Denny has been with R&T since November 2018, first starting out in Customer Services and now an Area Manager. He is excited to take on this new challenge, and to connect with customers face to face. He is a huge sports fan, especially football, NBA, Rugby Union and League. i also loves to spend time with his family and friends.

Left to right: Sio, Millie and Noel

Customer Services

Noel, who has been at R&T for over 30 years is a wealth of knowledge on our extensive product range and he leads the team supported by Millie and Sio.

Left to right: Pat, Sonali, Vernetta and Bernard.

Administration Team

Pat is Operations Manager, Sonali - Accounts Receivable, Vernetta - Accounts Payable and Bernard is Finance & Administration Manager. This is the behind the scenes team, supporting the staff and making it easier for customers to choose R&T.

Left to right: Chad, Charles & Russell.

Christchurch Team

Chad and Charles are our lead Customer Service and Warehouse team and Russell supports them part time as he eases into retirement.

Left to right: Cody, Antonio, Davnesh, Waopuka and Mike

Warehouse Team

This is the team that ensure your orders are despatched on time from the Auckland warehouse.