Meet The Team

Our team are passionate about bringing connectivity to rural New Zealand.

Krishna Guda

Head of Finance

Krishna.Guda@theRCG.nz
021 277 1464

Krishna’s business leadership expertise extends to more than 25 years’ in the telecommunications industry across diverse global markets. He has been a key contributor to major growth ventures, including acquisitions and innovative start-ups here in New Zealand and around the world.

As a finance professional Krishna brings a wealth of commercial nous to his day-job where he is responsible for RCG’s financial management, innovative systems, operational development and enabling good governance – essential in the careful management of a publicly funded rollout programme such as the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2).

Krishna’s experience in telecommunications is impressive. He has held many roles with global telecommunications giant Ericsson in Asia, the USA and here in New Zealand responsible for regional financial management, business development, strategic partnerships, acquisition integration and operations.

Caitlin Metz

Head of Communications and Engagement

Caitlin.Metz@theRCG.nz
021 033 1116

Caitlin joined the RCG at ‘kick off’ bringing her unbridled energy and enthusiasm to the big job of supporting rural communities, landowners, district councils, Iwi and countless other groups and individuals, through the process of livening mobile broadband services locally.

Having led the stakeholder engagement and communications across most of the big-name national infrastructure rollouts during the last ten years, Caitlin’s mission is to make sure customer and community stay front-and-centre during complex technical build operations.

She cut her teeth with Telecom (now Spark), Vodafone and Chorus with senior strategic roles in project management, business change management, communications, community and stakeholder relations management. In recent years she has been a core leader in supporting the smooth running of the government’s Rural Broadband Initiative first phase (RBI1) and getting the Tasman Access Cable connected.

Richard Spencer

Head of Procurement and Commercial

Richard.Spencer@theRCG.nz

 

Richard has worked within the Telecommunications industry in either operational, commercial or procurement roles for the last 19 years.

At RCG, he oversees the procurement strategy and process for RCG, establishing sustainable relationships with our commercial partners to ensure that the build programme is delivered on-time and within-budget while ensuring the operating model is based on a low cost to operate resilient network. It’s a critical component in making sure that the rollout reaches each and every community we have committed to bringing mobile broadband services to over the next few years.

Prior to joining RCG, Richards’s predominant focus was sharpening his network procurement skills for both Spark and Vodafone on large scale fixed and mobile telecommunications networks.

Brad Clarke

Head of Acquisition and Planning

Brad.Clarke@theRCG.nz
021 541 027

In just 12 months, Brad’s leadership of the Property Acquisition Programme has secured the sign-on of more than 120 properties to host new mobile cell towers around the country, significantly improving the mobile services available to rural communities. Brad is passionate about the RCG programme and the tangible benefits the new network will deliver to rural New Zealanders.

Brad is expertly placed to balance the expectations of landowners while overseeing the detailed RMA consenting process. Brad applied this expertise to many large projects in the telecommunications and infrastructure sectors, including being involved in landmark nationwide broadband and mobile network rollouts for New Zealand, and was also involved in RCG’s predecessor project – RBI1.

Andrea Vins

Operations Manager at The Rural Connectivity Group

Andrea.vins@thercg.nz

As Operations Manager, Andrea sits at the centre of the Rural Connectivity Group’s RBI2 rollout programme connecting the various in-house technical teams, RCG’s Network Operations Centre and Mobile Network Operators to ensure top class performance of the new RCG network.
After holding a range of engineering, critical service management, and project management roles, both here and overseas, she spent several years in the USA and Europe helping large telecommunications organizations build their wireless technologies up for the future – including developing one of the world’s first 4G networks. Closer to home, she led Spark’s world-class customer experience, overseeing a daily cross-functional forum dedicated to faultless mobile service.

RCG Board Members

  • Tony Baird, Vodafone
  • Mark Beder, Spark
  • Paul Mathewson, 2 degrees

RCG Shareholding

The Rural Connectivity Group is jointly and equally owned by Vodafone, 2degrees and Spark.