Executive Programme Director
With more than 25 years global experience in building and leading high-performance teams in the telecommunications sector, Andrew’s background includes roles in finance, corporate treasury, sales, marketing and operations. In those roles he has been instrumental in delivering exceptional customer experience, positive and sustained employee engagement and exceeding stakeholder outcomes.
He spent many years leading wireless and mobile technology programmes in New Zealand for Ericsson and Nokia, before Andrew turned his attention to supporting large corporations and Government Departments hone their telecommunications strategy and policy as they adopted smart mobile enterprise solutions.
Head of Finance
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.
Head of Technology, Design and Delivery
Merv’s long career in specialist telecommunication’s project design and delivery has him well-placed to lead the rollout of more than 400 cell towers in rural areas of New Zealand, often across remote and challenging geographies. He’s charged with selecting the technology, designing and building the new RCG network of 3G and 4G base stations, which will support services from the three mobile network operators.
Before joining the RCG to carry out the extension of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, Merv spent 20 years building from scratch his own telecommunications contracting business SkyComms, specialising in cellular network design and deployment. During this time he earned great respect for his steady hand in project managing many complicated technical build projects throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Merv’s no stranger to livening mobile services to areas of the country who have been without. He cut his teeth at the Post Office – then Telecom, now Spark – where he was involved in the build of the first cellular base station in Taranaki!
Head of Communications and Engagement
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 Telcom (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.
Head of Procurement and Commercial
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.
Head of Acquisition and Planning
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.
Operations Manager at The Rural Connectivity Group
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
The Rural Connectivity Group is jointly and equally owned by Vodafone, 2degrees and Spark.