We are a young and highly adaptive team, working efficiently and collaboratively to turn around opportunities quickly. We’re hyper-focused on ensuring our projects track to programme and delivering what we promise.

Our Team

Leo Li
Managing Director

With an MBA and a background as an IT and telecommunications executive in China, Leo came to New Zealand to start a property development business in 2014. He manages the Founders team and identifies opportunities for land development, leading the company’s site acquisition. Leo is also a director in Vincent Capital, a development finance company.

E: leo.li@foundersgroup.co.nz

Simone Horrobin
General Manager – Property Development

Simone’s role is end-to-end, from acquiring sites and guiding master planning to delivering value-add outcomes for our build partners. She leads our development team, ensuring they work with speed and efficiency when managing civils and earthworks or engaging with builders and consultants.

Simone brings over 13 years of private and public sector property development experience, with previous roles at Todd Property, Housing New Zealand and The Neil Group.

E: simone.h@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 021 829 112 P: 021 829 112

Christie Wrightson
General Manager - Sales & Operations

Christie is responsible for sales, marketing and operations. She has excellent knowledge of the residential property sector and brings vision and shape to our developments. She loves taking place brands to market and creating new communities and neighbourhoods, all while keeping a close eye on the day-to-day operations of the company.

Christie has over 20 years’ experience in the off-plan residential development and has been involved in the marketing of over $1 billion worth of property.

E: christie.w@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 021 588 525 P: 021 588 525

Eric Joe
Group Financial Controller

A chartered accountant, Eric maintains careful financial control of projects and Founders’ financial operations. He ensures funding is in place for the development team and that the company’s financial commitments are met. As well as negotiating development loans, Eric provides key input to project feasibility studies.

E: eric.j@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 027 551 1853 P: 027 551 1853

James Robertson
Development Manager

James looks after the delivery of our developments. Working across the full cycle, he engages with contractors, consultants, and stakeholders such as council officers and local communities. James ensures high-quality design outcomes and build-ready subdivisions, allowing clients to proceed with their build.

James has a financial background and over 8 years’ client-side experience in residential property development across several positions in Auckland and London.

E: james.r@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 021 982 419 P: 021 982 419

Jennifer Yung
Project & Sales Coordinator

Jennifer is the primary point of contact for many of our clients, ensuring they are kept informed and up to date from purchase through to settlement and beyond. With years of experience in real estate and property promotion, Jennifer ensures that the right information goes out to our clients at the right time while also keeping a close eye on our sales and marketing campaigns.

Jennifer brings over 10 years’ experience in the IT sector as well as 14 years in the property development and residential real estate industry.

E: jennifer.y@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 021 984 293 P: 021 984 293

Andrea Metcalfe

As well as looking after Founders’ internal accounting, Andrea manages all the project cost tracking and reporting. She keeps on top of the numbers so that our development team can work with the most up-to-date and accurate numbers available.

E: andrea.m@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 021 064 0536 P: 021 064 0536

Olivia Walraven
Assistant Development Manager (Maternity Leave)

Olivia supports the development management team in the end-to-end delivery of subdivisions. She’s focused on the efficient running of projects, implementing contracts, and engaging with consultants and stakeholders. Olivia thrives on detail and ensuring that everything tracks smoothly.

Olivia has spent five years working in the property development industry and recently completed a Masters of Construction Management with Honours.

Olivia is currently on Maternity Leave.

E: olivia.w@foundersgroup.co.nz
P: 021 186 2927 P: 021 186 2927