In the world of international rugby, Zinzan Brooke has established a place at the very top of the sport. After making his debut for the All Blacks in 1987, he played in 3 World Cups for the NZ team, winning the inaugural 1987 tournament and losing in the 1995 nail biting final in South Africa. Between 1987 and 1997 he played 58 tests for the dominant All Black team and until 2015 held the record for test tries scored by a forward. His reputation for being a physically uncompromising player was matched equally with his unique skills which often impressed even the opposition team and supporters. His long range drop goals in major test matches against both England and South Africa have gone into rugby folklore.
Since ending his rugby career with a stint at London based Harlequins he has returned to his construction roots with a development business that built affordable good spec apartments around London until the banking crisis hit in 2008 resulting in his latest venture with Pete Hart. Number 8 was established as a result of a well timed suggestion and has grown into a successful business based around the same team ethic and dedication that Zinzan was so well known for in every team he played for throughout his long career
Zinzan Brooke Group CEORead More
Zinzan is probably best known for his sporting achievements with the All Blacks and various other New Zealand and UK Rugby teams. His post rugby career however has been very much involved in the UK construction sector. Initially with a private development company delivering a number of quality residential schemes around London. And since 2008 Zinzan has been involved with establishing Number 8 as a premium supplier of skilled construction labour to our impressive client group. Zinzan has been responsible for fostering the team ethos that permeates all aspects of Number 8′s operations. Whether it is valuing the efforts of all operatives who represent Number 8 positively through their attitude and ability on site, through to our involvement with client construction teams to assist in the successful delivery of any schemes we are involved with. Even with the CEO badge it is not uncommon to find Zinzan interviewing a potential operative or manning the phones when required.
Jamie Foskett Managing Director (NZ)Read More
Jamie is literally the perfect guy for the role of heading up our NZ operation. Firstly he is a Kiwi who has worked in construction/recruitment environments in both New Zealand and London. But more importantly he is a rare find in the recruitment world because he does not or has never owned a shiny suit. Born in Christchurch but apart from a 15 year stint in the UK has lived in Nelson since he was a teenager. He openly admits to returning to NZ so his boys could learn how to play rugby properly.
During his time in the UK he ran a construction recruitment business in the demanding London market place. On his return to NZ he managed and co-owned a successful laminated timber manufacturing business until the opportunity to head up Number 8’s NZ operation came up.
Peter Hart Group Managing DirectorRead More
Pete’s background prior to establishing Number 8 with Zinzan in 2008, apart from being a gifted athlete, was entirely residential construction. He established and operated a successful high end residential construction business in Auckland for 15 years, but responded to Zinzan’s SOS in 2002 to join him in the UK to head up a new venture construction business. Between 2002 and 2008 Pete was in charge of the day to day build operations on both development and contract projects.
As Number 8 Group Managing Director he is responsible for overseeing all day to day operations in the UK as well as the ongoing expansion of the group’s activities.
Michael Lynott Group Financial ControllerRead More
As the company's Financial Controller, Michael assumes responsibility for two very important aspects of our business. The weekly payroll function and the “money”. Michael brings a wealth of experience to the role with over 30 years looking after the books of various companies with connections to both construction and recruitment agencies. Unfortunately, there is often a dark side and Michaels long term support for Brentford FC is an indication that the attention to detail he demonstrates on a day to day basis, has not always been evident in his decision making in the past.