OUR TEAM

Every job is a team effort - and as our team grows, so does the solid core of productivity, innovation and efficiency that we deliver.

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MANAGEMENT:

RAY O'REGAN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Ray is an experienced and proven business leader who has worked in the underground utilities and telecommunication sector for more than 20 years. In his career, Ray has steadily progressed through the ranks by effectively managing the commercial outcomes, applying strong negotiation skills and having a genuine commitment to his employees’ success to deliver exceptional results.

Ray was appointed CEO in March 2015 and has steered the group through innumerable challenges whilst maintaining trust, loyalty and engagement. Driven by the lessons learned in the field, Ray has created an environment that honours the company values and provides innovative solutions for customers to ensure the continued success of Connect 8 Ltd.

JEFF THOMSON

CFO

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of commercial experience in a variety of industries. He has held a number of senior management roles and has strong knowledge on governance, tax, forecasting and reporting. He has mastered the art of critical thinking and is able to provide an array of information to the management team to make informed business decisions.

Since joining Connect 8 Ltd in January 2016, Jeff has implemented best practices and controls and transformed the finance function to further strengthen the business. He leads the day-to-day finance operations and focuses on developing a high performing team, finding pragmatic solutions to business issues and driving the strategy and overall maturity of the business.

JONATHAN BERRY

GENERAL MANAGER PARTNERSHIPS

Jonathan has managed many multi-million-dollar programmes of work in the mobile technology arena, globally. During his 20-year tenure, he has a long-standing record for successfully delivering complex projects for organisations such as Nokia, Ericsson, Telstra, Vodafone and Huawei. Backed with formal engineering systems and project management training, Jonathan has been at the heart of the mobile technology advancements from the early days of 2G through to the current development of 5G networks.

At Connect 8 Ltd, Jonathan leads the Network Services team, which has already delivered more than 650 Wireless Broadband (WBB), Single RAN (SRAN) and Internet of Things (IoT) sites. His highly experienced team are at the forefront of mobile network deployment and have swiftly gained a solid reputation in the market.

HARP DAVENPORT

HSEQ MANAGER

Harp has over 10 years’ experience in Health, Safety and Risk with the last five years being purely focussed on Health and Safety. Harp spent a number of years leading many significant investigations into workplace accidents providing her with experience in a broad range of industries and high risk environments.

At Connect 8 Harp is focussed on developing and implementing health, safety and wellness systems that effectively encompasses the entire organisation.

GOVERNANCE:

RAJESH SINGH

DIRECTOR

Rajesh Singh is a non-executive director of Connect 8, and was instrumental in the establishment of the development of the joint venture concept between Vocus and Spark. He is currently the GM Value Management at Spark New Zealand and has held several roles since joining Spark.

Prior to joining this, he held several senior leadership and director roles within the telecommunications industry in South Africa, where he migrated from in 2009. He has worked in IT and telecommunications for 18 years since graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of South Africa.

DAVID HAVERCROFT

DIRECTOR

An executive with more than 35 years’ experience in the technology and telecommunications sectors, David is now a non-executive Director on a number of Boards including Southern Cross Cables Network, KiwiWealth and Kordia.

David was previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Spark New Zealand and held executive and management positions in IBM Asia Pacific, Cable & Wireless and BT.

NEIL SIMMONDS

DIRECTOR

Neil is the Chief Executive at Electra. He joined the Connect 8 board as a non-executive Director in May 2018. Neil has held a number of senior leadership roles in the utilities sector and working groups focussed on smart network technology. He is currently on the board of the Electricity Networks Association.

A qualified Engineer and Fellow of Engineers NZ with an EMBA from Europe’s leading business school (IMD in Switzerland), Neil brings an excellent balance of technical and strategic business skills to the board.

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