Keith McConnell

Keith James McConnell

 

 

 

 

Contact Numbers:               

09-366-9033 (Direct Dial-Business)

09-366-0406 (Home)

021-655-888 (Personal Cellphone)           

EDUCATION

            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

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

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

 

 

 

 

DIRECTORSHIPS

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL STRENGTHS

 

  • 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”

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

 

                        Member of Institute of Directors

 

Testimonials

 

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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