Our Staff

Darryl Van der Kley

Builder/DirectorDarryl Van der Kley

Darryl has 12 years’ experience in the building industry with extensive experience in renovations, spec homes and new high-end homes from framing to fit-out. He has worked in site supervisor roles, run a carpentry business and worked in earthmoving.

Darryl was born and raised in Toowoomba. When not renovating Darryl, his partner Jessica and their three kids enjoy boating at the Sunshine Coast.

If you’re looking for a local, honest and reliable builder who has extensive knowledge of the area and the trade, Darryl at Smith & Sons Toowoomba East can help!


Sam Van der Kley

Supervisor/Director Sam VDK

Sam has 11 years’ experience in the building industry, 7 of those years he spent as a carpenter in commercial building. During this time he learnt a lot about commercial finishings and site management. He has also spent a number of years in civil construction and earthmoving.

As the supervisor Sam manages trades and ensuring quality finishes for each of our clients.


“My favourite thing about working in the building industry is the challenges, problem solving and creating beautiful spaces for our clients.”

- Sam Van der Kley


Shaun Spies

Project Manager


Shaun has over 22 years’ experience in the building and construction industry. Throughout his career he has worked in many facets of the building industry including general carpentry, concreting, plastering and tiling. As the Project Manager for Smith & Sons Toowoomba East, Shaun manages the projects and works closely with the onsite team and subcontractors to ensure each renovation runs smooth- from start to finish.


“The thing I enjoy most about working in the building industry is the variety of people you get to meet and work with to bring a renovation to life.” – Shaun Spies


Kristy Crocker

Office ManagerKristy

Kristy manages our Design Centre and takes care of the administration work behind the scenes including accounts, data entry and management of project documentation and forms. She is the first point of contact for our clients and works closely with our builders to ensure each project runs smoothly from an administration perspective.





John (Westman) Corbould

Carpentry TradesmanJohnny

Johnny has been working in the building and construction industry for over 9 years. He started his Carpentry Apprenticeship in 2008, continuing on as a tradesman after its completion.  Johnny has specialised in new timber frame homes prior to working with the Smith & Sons team, and has since enjoyed the more challenging aspect of renovations and extensions to existing homes.

His role includes working onsite in all aspects of carpentry and ensuring there is  nothing but quality workmanship on all of our projects. Johnny also supervises and is a mentor for our apprentice.

He appreciates the skill set acquired from the building industry, which has been very practical and useful for him outside of the workplace. Johnny is an integral part of our team and he contributes every day to the easy going and professional culture we have developed.

Chris Hansford

Carpentry Tradesman Chris

Chris started out in the building industry as a plumbing apprentice in 2008, completing his time and starting work as a tradesman in 2011.  After working several years as a plumber, Chris became interested in carpentry and started a Carpentry Apprenticeship with Smith & Sons Toowoomba East in 2016. Chis is now a qualified carpenter and valuable member of our team, bringing both prior experience of the plumbing trade, as well as his new skills as a carpenter.  Chris enjoys the variety of our renovation work and being able to regularly experience new techniques.


“Smith & Sons take on interesting jobs and are great guys to work with and we have an enjoyable working environment.” – Chris Hansford

Jacob Hawksworth

Carpentry TradesmanJacob

Jacob has been working in the building and construction industry for the past six years. He spent five of those years working in Emerald on new homes and renovations.

As a carpenter with Smith & Sons Toowoomba East, Jacob works onsite carrying out all aspects of carpentry and building.


"My favourite part about working in the building industry is seeing the transformation of something old or dated into high standard of someone’s vision" – Jacob Hawksworth


Steven Hughes

Carpentry TradesmanSteven

Steven has 8 years’ experience in the building and construction industry. He started out building new homes for one of Toowoomba’s top new home builders, from there he went on to working in commercial construction. When the opportunity came up to work for Smith & Sons he jumped at the chance to gain experience in quality extensions and renovations.

Steven’s role includes working onsite in all aspects of carpentry to achieve the best possible results for the client.


"I enjoy being able to build or renovate a home and once completed, being proud of the finished product. As well as being able to work with a good bunch of blokes who make coming to work enjoyable." – Steven Hughes


Kyle Baldwin

Apprentice CarpenterKyle

Kyle has spent the last 10 years working in the drilling industry on a two weeks on and two weeks off roster. After spending two years working part time for a local builder, he decided to pursue a career in the building industry to be closer to home.

His role as an apprentice carpenter involves assisting the on site team under the supervision of our qualified carpenters. Kyle gains important skills through on site experience and the theory portion of his apprenticeship.

“I’m enjoying learning a new trade and the satisfaction of making something from nothing” – Kyle Baldwin