Keith McConnell

Keith James McConnell





Contact Numbers:               

09-366-9033 (Direct Dial-Business)

09-366-0406 (Home)

021-655-888 (Personal Cellphone)           


            Tertiary Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting) plus four years of undergraduate study in Law - University of Otago

            Secondary Education

  • Five years at Bayfield High School, Dunedin
  • Academic prizes in each year
  • A Prefect for 2 years
  • Leader of the School Debating Team which won the Otago Southland Debating Competition
  • Winner of the School Public Speaking Contest
  • Winner of the William Fry Trophy for the ‘best cadet in the South Island


EMPLOYER:      Self Employed

Duration:            January 2001 to present

Purpose:             Since January 2001 I have operated my own business undertaking a number of contract assignments, directorships and other piece work.

 Details of significant assignments undertaken follows:-        


Assignment:        Chief Executive Officer of Fruehauf Pacific Ltd (3-4 days per week), Palmerston North

Duration:            October 2002 to October 2005


Assignment:        Project Director (overseeing the outsourcing of maintenance services) with Tranz Rail Limited, Auckland.

Duration:            February 2001 to March 2002



EMPLOYER:      Paykel Ltd of Auckland, a holding company with three trading divisions, namely, Paykel Engineering Supplies, Paykel Machine Tools and Supply Solutions. A  wholly owned subsidiary of Viking Pacific Holdings Ltd (previously Maine Investments Ltd)


Position:             Chief Executive Officer


Duration:            May 1998 to October 2000



EMPLOYER:      The Power Company Limited (which is the former Southland Electric Power Supply), Electricity Utility of Invercargill


Position:             Chief Executive


Duration:            December 1993 to December 1997



EMPLOYER:      John Edmond Ltd, Home and Building Supply Merchants - Dunedin, a fully owned subsidiary of Donaghys Limited


Position:             Chief Executive


Duration:            May 1987 to December 1993



EMPLOYER:      Donaghy Downs Pty Ltd (based in Melbourne), the Australian rope and cordage manufacturer, who were a wholly owned subsidiary of Donaghys Ltd.


Position:             On assignment as Chief Executive


Duration:            October 1991 to May 1992



EMPLOYER:      W R Jackson & Co, Chartered Accountants, Dunedin


Position:             Project Advisor


Duration:            February 1986 to May 1987



EMPLOYER:      John Edmond Holdings Ltd, Home and Building Supply Merchants - Dunedin


Position:             Company Secretary/Financial Controller


Duration:            July 1985 to February 1986



EMPLOYER:      The DIC Limited, Department Store Retailers - Dunedin


Position:             Management Services Manager


Duration:            March 1984 to June 1985



EMPLOYER:   Self Employed as a Business Consultant (Dunedin based)


Duration:          January 1982 to March 1984



EMPLOYER:   The DIC Limited, Department Store Retailers - Dunedin


Position:           Systems Development Manager


Duration:          January 1977 to January 1982



EMPLOYER:   The DIC Limited, Department Store Retailers - Dunedin


Position:           Head Office Accountant


Duration:          January 1975 to January 1977



EMPLOYER:   The DIC Limited, Department Store Retailers - Dunedin


Position:           Branch Accountant


Duration:          April 1974 to October 1975









COMPANY:      Engineering Recruiters Ltd, Auckland – Private Company that specialises in recruiting engineers. Also 50% owner.


Duration:            January 2001 to present



COMPANY:      Windflow Technology Ltd, Christchurch – NZAX Listed developer and manufacturer of wind turbines. Also Chairman of Audit Committee.


Duration:            November 2000 to present



COMPANY:      Wind Blades Ltd, Auckland – Subsidiary of Windflow Technology Ltd that builds wind turbine blades.


Duration:            November 2003 to present



COMPANY:      Wind Gears Ltd, Auckland – Joint Venture between AH Gears Ltd and Windflow Technology Ltd that builds wind turbine gearboxes. Also Chairman.


Duration:            May 2008 to present



COMPANY:      NZ Windfarms Ltd, Christchurch – NZX Listed developer and operator of wind farms.


Duration:            October 2003 to October 2008 (resigned for related party reasons)



COMPANY:        Southern Health, Invercargill - Crown Health Enterprise for Southland.


Duration:            August 1994 to December 1996 (resigned because of relocation to Auckland)



COMPANY:        Craigpine Timber Ltd, Southland - Sawmiller of radiate timber.


Duration:            March 1987 to December 1993







  • Tertiary education in finance and law
  • Senior management/directorship experience in a number of different industries
  • Accomplished “change manager” particularly in executive roles
  • Delivering significant outcomes in trying circumstances
  • Regional, metropolitan and international experience
  • Chief Executive during the “1987 crash era”







                        Member of Institute of Directors




The ACT based coaching workshop was brilliant.  I came away with a clear understanding of the ideas behind ACT and the ability to apply ACT within my coaching practice.  Thanks to the variety of exercises and ideas communicated on how to apply ACT I also feel confident that I will be able to help my clients identify the method and approach that is most likely to work for them.  The many opportunities to implement what we were learning during the workshop were great.  I will be highly recommending this course to others.

Dr Paul Wood
Founder and director of Switch Coaching & Consulting


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