This is who we are


Definition of a 'Human Dynamo':


1. 'A highly energetic and indefatigable person'.

2.'An energetic person with unusual initiative'.


Rob Uivel

Founding Director

Rob Uivel has over 30 years of experience in the model making industry

Rob handles all job enquiries, pricing and quotes for Human Dynamo. He designs the production of all work and oversees the job to completion. Rob is a highly skilled problem solver, with a wealth of experience of materials and processes.

"You spend a lot of your life working. So it's best to make your work something you like doing."

Sue Dorrington


Sue Dorrington handles in house art direction and strategic governance. 

She is very creative and a skilled artist. 

"Never stop looking."


Deb West


Deb is Human Dynamo's book keeping staff member, keeping the company's financial requirements afloat while the rest buzz away at the workshop. 

Deb has been an independent book keeping contractor at Bookkeeping Plus since 2011.


Dominic Taylor

Senior Manager, Creative Solutions

Dominic is a resourceful and imaginative Senior Designer. He has a strength for inventiveness and is most happy when tinkering on inventions in the shed. Dominic holds a Diploma in Industrial Design from Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University). Independently, Dominic has been involved in many movies and projects and was especially known for his work with bullet hits and blood rigs.

“I like to make things that work. I have spent my time building mechanisms and prototype manufacturing machines for various companies in Wellington and New Zealand.”

Tony Drawbridge

Industrial Designer / Modelmaker

Tony is highly experienced in the props industry, with his career spanning many feature films including the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, the Hobbit trilogy, Blade Runner 2049, and the Mortal Engines film adaptation. 

Tony completed a product design degree in 1995, and is an all rounder workshop technician with years of experience and knowledge.


Matthew Houghton

Production Manager / Fabricator

Matt has a passion for making and creating. His roots in the world of fabrication began 20 years ago when he started his career in professional boat building in Auckland, NZ. Throughout that time, he was involved with teams focusing on both build and repair of world class boats and yachts, leading expertise in composite, fibreglass and wood construction.

Matt has since adapted his skills to tackle a diverse range of technically demanding yet rewarding projects.

Garry Buckley

Senior Industrial Designer

Garry is a versatile and talented Senior Designer.  His creative career began in the UK with a degree in Dimensional Design.  His attention to small components has found him working as a Toy Designer, on Miniatures for Film, and in Architectural model making.  

Garry is a technical designer, an independent artist/illustrator, and is known for his work on the Hobbit Trilogy.


Adelle Kristensen

Modelmaker / Artist

Adelle is a prop maker, completing her training in Sydney, Australia. She attended the NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) Properties and Objects course, receiving extensive experience in modelmaking for theatre and film. After working within the Australian industry, Adelle returned to NZ to apply her skills in Wellington.

In 2019 Adelle starred in the 'Design Junkies' TV series, where she was able to showcase her skills creating furniture and artworks from scrap and salvaged materials.


James Smith

Senior Maker

Jimi has had various roles within the Art department for film and television since 2014. Working in both on-set standby and off-set manufacturing, he has a wide variety of fabrication and engineering skills and is a great problem solver. 

Jimi has been a tinkerer and maker from an early age and his spare time is often spent building various bicycle, motorcycle and car projects.

Luke Ellis

Senior Maker

Luke is a senior maker with a Fine arts degree and a trade in Metal fabrication, he has worked within various industries ranging from Manufacturing, Aviation, Marine and more recently the Film and Entertainment sector. 

With such an extensive background Luke has a broad range of fabricating skills and as long as the project is creative Luke is interested.



Elliot Gonzales

Design and CNC Technician

Elliot is a workshop generalist, attending to digital fabrication, CAD, modelmaking, media & web management, and administration duties.

He is a Massey University Industrial Design Honours Graduate, starting with the company on February 2017.


Eleanor Pepperell

Junior Maker and Designer

Eleanor is a workshop generalist specialising in model making, fibreglass fabrication, digital fabrication, CAD, and Graphic design. 

Eleanor first joined our team in 2019 after graduating with a Bachelor of Industrial Design (Hon) First Class, at Massey University.


Joe Bridley

Designer, Maker and CNC Manager

Joe is a versatile fabricator, heavily involved with digital fabrication and CAD along with general construction and modelmaking.

He has a broad background of creative knowledge with dual degrees in both Architecture and Industrial Design.

Patrick Crowe-Rishworth

Fabricator and Maker
Pat is a technical fabricator who loves building and refining complex mechanisms, he enjoys exploring niche areas of learning and technique in his work.  

Pat graduated from Victoria University with a bachelor of design innovation, majoring in industrial design, and he spends much of his time outside the workshop riding and racing bicycles of his own design


Elizabeth Turner

Junior Maker and Designer

Elizabeth is a general workshop fabricator and designer with a passion for model making, finishing, fibre-glassing, digital fabrication, and organisation.

Elizabeth joined our team in 2020 after graduating with a Bachelor of Design Majoring in Industrial Design (Hon) from Massey University.


Past and Present Human Dynamos.

Over the years Human Dynamo Workshop has employed many creative individuals with incredible talents and skills. 

Their integrity and passion has shaped our portfolios and reputation. Some were subcontractors that have just been with us for a short while, while others became long standing members of our company. 

Many have gone on to become successful model makers, entrepreneurs and business owners in their own right. 

Human Dynamo's directors would like to acknowledge and thank them all for putting a bit of themselves into the work produced here at Human Dynamo Workshop.