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Connell’s own wins top industry award

Connell Contractors’ Taranaki Regional Manager, Fabian Bracken has been honoured at the recent Z Energy People Awards, receiving the 2022 Z People Emerging Leader Award.

The Z Energy Emerging Leader Award is given to people under the age of 30 who have innovated, impressed and made a difference to the industry, their peers and their employer. These people have excelled in their career and demonstrate a well-rounded character with exceptional leadership qualities.

Recognised for his natural ability to communicate, lead and motivate those in his team, Fabian is considered by those at Connell Contractors to be one of the best bits of recruiting the company has conducted.

“Fabian is one of those exceptional talents that comes along and excels at virtually all tasks he is given,” explains Connell CEO, Lester Foxall.

“He has earnt the respect of all his peers and clients because of his hard work and dedication to the industry. His skillsets extend far beyond just his practical knowledge on site. He has become a leader, a customer-centric manager and performs all his duties with pride and passion.

Fabian was presented his award at the annual Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) National Conference in Christchurch in front of hundreds of his peers and civil construction industry leaders.

Speaking about the award, Fabian says it’s nice to receive recognition for his work and commitment to Connell over the last five and half years.

“I’m appreciative of everything that the team at Connell have allowed me to do and achieve. Owners Lester Foxall and Dave and Margo Connell really trust their team, and myself, to lead my own way. They have given me the support over the years and for that I’m appreciative.”

Fabian began at Connell in 2015 and has since worked on some of the company’s largest and most demanding projects including the $7 million Kinleith Substation and the logistically challenging Turitea Windfarm project.

The Connell team’s trust in Fabian was demonstrated when the decision was made to back Fabian in starting up a regional office in his home region of Taranaki. He has been instrumental in making this region hugely successful and under his management, the company has set up a steel fabrication division in Taranaki to support Connell projects with bespoke components.

Lester adds, “Fabian’s all-round ability and knowledge is a key reason why our company is perceived to be a leading civil contractor in the power sector. Having worked on many high-value projects throughout New Zealand, Connell – and the industry in general – are lucky to have such a skilled and committed person as a future leader.”

Situation Vacant – Civil / Building Foreman (Waikato)

We are currently looking for an experienced civils foreman capable of supervising a small team of staff and subcontractors building civil and electrical structures.

You:

  • Are preferably a licensed building practitioner or have a heavy civils background
  • Have a good understanding of reading and interpreting construction drawings
  • Are self-motivated and results-driven in order to meet programme targets
  • Can manage on-site Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental compliance
  • Be willing to train other staff under your supervision

An immediate start is available and a competitive rate will be negotiated for the successful candidate which would include a company vehicle.

If you want to have fun working with our team at Connell Contractors, please send your CV to lester@connellcontractors.co.nz

More HERE.

Situation Vacant – Civil / Building Foreman (Taranaki)

We are currently looking for an experienced civils foreman capable of supervising a small team of staff and subcontractors building civil and electrical structures. This position is based at our New Plymouth office and includes working in and around the Taranaki region.

You:

  • Are preferably a licensed building practitioner or have a heavy civils background
  • Have a good understanding of reading and interpreting construction drawings
  • Are self-motivated and results-driven in order to meet programme targets
  • Can manage on-site Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental compliance
  • Be willing to train other staff under your supervision

An immediate start is available and a competitive rate will be negotiated for the successful candidate which would include a company vehicle.

If you want to have fun working with our team at Connell Contractors, please send your CV to lester@connellcontractors.co.nz

More HERE.

Supreme Business Award Winners

Connell Contractors take home Supreme Award at Westpac Waikato Business Awards

Planning, profit and a passion for empowering their people – that was the winning formula for Waikato-based civil infrastructure company, Connell Contractors, when the team took home the coveted Supreme Award at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards in Hamilton on Friday night.

In an industry where finding resources is an ever-growing challenge, Connell’s philosophy of “Right People, Right Result” has been instrumental in our success. The company’s strong revenue growth over the last three years, during a time of significant change and increased competition within New Zealand’s infrastructure industry, also contributed to Connell winning the Business Growth and Strategy category.

Dave Connell, managing director of Connell Contractors, puts these achievements down to good planning and discipline. The firm, founded by Dave and Margo Connell in 1985, services both central and local government clients including Transpower, Vector, Watercare, Hamilton City Council and Auckland City Council.

“Three years ago, our Board decided that in order to plan out the next five years and beyond, we needed to move away from the peaks and troughs of commercial work,” says Dave. “We recognised that there was an unfair allocation of risk on the contractor in this space where tenders were won on lowest price. In other words, it was a race to the bottom! Connell’s focus on civil infrastructure work for both central and local government has been key to our sustainable growth – and it’s paid off! Clients now approach Connell to negotiate work directly.”

The continuing change in New Zealand’s infrastructure space moving towards quality rather than the lowest price, has aligned with Connells strategic approach to business growth and culture. Dave Connell says the company’s slogan, “Right People, Right Result” has always been at the fore of its strategic planning and is a catalyst to the firms’ decision not to compete in tenders based on price alone. “We are passionate about our people and take great pride empowering them to develop their career,” he says. “We have great people and we agreed very early on in the formation of our company that we would only compete for tenders that enable us to showcase these attributes. That is what suits our business model best.”

Dave says the team’s win on Friday night is a career highlight for both him and wife Margo. “It was unexpected but an extremely welcome surprise,” Dave says. “Over the past 35 years, it really has been a journey of short-term pain for long-term gain. We are thrilled to be recognised for our business success. It’s a real testament to our wider team – they believe in the Connell approach, they’re passionate about their work and together they deliver quality projects for our clients. We’re incredibly proud of the win, but prouder still of our staff.”

ABOUT CONNELL CONTRACTORS

Established in 1985 by Dave and Margo Connell, Connell Contractors is a leading civil infrastructure company, with headquarters in Hamilton. The company services a range of local and central government clients from its head office in Hamilton and branches in Auckland and New Plymouth. Dave and Margo Connell are joined by shareholders and directors, Wayne Collinson and Lester Foxall.

New Taranaki Office

Due to continued demand and securing several recent projects, Connell Contractors have expanded our business into the Taranaki region after opening a new office.

This office will offer support to all clients operating from East to West coasts throughout the central plateau of the North Island. Contracts Supervisor, Fabian Bracken, will be heading up this operation.