Meet The Team

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

Andrew Button

Executive Programme Director

Andrew.Button@theRCG.nz
021 554 477

Andrew has more than 25 years global experience in building and leading high performance teams in the telecommunications sector. His background includes roles in finance, corporate treasury, sales, marketing and operations. In those roles Andrew was instrumental in delivering exceptional customer experience, positive and sustained employee engagement and exceeding stakeholder outcomes.

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 17 years. Prior to joining RCG, Richards’s predominant focus was Network Procurement for both Spark and Vodafone.

Krishna Guda

Head of Finance

Krishna.Guda@theRCG.nz
021 277 1464

Krishna has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry across diverse global markets. He has been a key contributor to major growth ventures including acquisitions and innovative start-ups. As a finance professional Krishna brings a wealth of commercial nous to his RCG role where he is responsible for RCG’s financial management, innovative systems, operational development and enabling good governance.

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.

Caitlin Metz

Head of Communications and Engagement

Caitlin.Metz@theRCG.nz
021 033 1116

With a varied background in communications, project management and stakeholder engagement Caitlin is passionate about investing in well managed stakeholder engagement to deliver outstanding results. Caitlin has led the stakeholder engagement programmes for national infrastructure projects involving sub-marine telecommunications cables, rural wireless broadband and fixed line broadband.

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
  • Colin Brown, Spark
  • Paul Mathewson, 2 degrees

RCG Shareholding

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