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



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Dr Andrea Polzer-Debruyne


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