Connell brings over ten years of experience in the civil contracting industry to his role as Otago Regional Manager. He began working at SouthRoads Balclutha in 2005, after a few years, he worked at Fulton Hogan for seven years and then came back to SouthRoads Dunedin in 2014.
Along with industry experience, Connell has the qualifications to back him including a Diploma of Civil Engineering and New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practices. Prior to studying, Connell spent three years in the New Zealand Army as a Combat Engineer, with deployment in East Timor.
Connell enjoys working at SouthRoads because the staff are fantastic, everybody has a positive can-do attitude. The business has excellent quality resources and there is great support and leadership through the HWR owners.
Connell has a focus on leadership in his role and enjoys seeing staff grow into their roles. A big part of leadership for Connell is doing what you say you will do and this can relate to all areas of the business; whether it be working for the client, leadership in health and safety, caring for the environment and staff training and support. He finds it rewarding to see new staff come into the business and to see the business grow and be successful.
Outside of work, Connell enjoys spending time with his wife and family.