Phil McConchie

MSc, NZCE(Int), PMP, MIEEE

Commercial Director
(AKL based)


As one of two founders of Camelspace, Phil has been Commercial Director since 2006, jointly (see Mick) taking the group from a company employing two through to the present-day 120 and New Zealand’s largest scaffolding, event structure and height systems company. Throughout, providing strategy, marketing and financial leadership and remaining integrally involved in the evolution of the company’s vision.

Initially handling finance, marketing, business development (jointly) and procurement including vendor and client-side contract negotiation, Phil was responsible for the development and introduction over time of financial and operational procedures for an executive and management team assembled during the company’s 10 year history. A team which today has become responsible for branch management; occupational health and safety; and group finance functions. Jointly responsible for the development of these leaders’ roles, responsibilities and KPI’s, Phil’s current ‘day-to-day’ includes their ongoing monitoring and development. Large project negotiations, several business acquisitions and exclusive New Zealand distributorship negotiations are/have been led by Phil.

Phil has been responsible for the development and implementation of HR polices and continues to handle executive recruitment personally and remains responsible for marketing and brand strategy and subsequent execution. Phil has always been keenly interested in, and participated in the shaping of the company’s culture, contributing to its extraordinary staff retention. 

Phil has been a key part of the group’s product development teams leading projects such as concert staging and grandstand seating product development from design and prototyping through to patent registration, manufacture and lifecycle management. 

Progressively stepping-back after having successfully introduced systems and procedures as the group grew, most recently robust cashflow reporting and forecasting tools, Phil is now responsible for group budgets including a multimillion dollar annual capex budget and any capital raising required – fulfilling the group’s CFO function including long-term financial forecasting and modelling activities.  Phil sits on the Camelspace Group board of directors.

Day-to-day along with the other executive director on the group’s board, Phil jointly directs the executive team and continues to provide strategic guidance to a multi-branch diversified company which is the largest of its type in New Zealand.


Pre Camelspace

Prior to returning to New Zealand Phil spent 14 years travelling. Encompassing c.80 countries and stopping to live and work in a dozen or so along the way.

During this time abroad Phil held a number of both senior technical and lead client-facing organisational roles on an eclectic mix of Information Analysis and Industrial Control and Automation Systems projects in the petrochemical, manufacturing and nuclear industries.

IT Control and Automation projects heavily involved with (encompassing design/development and commissioning) included:

  • Fissile Material Storage Facility – Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.
  • Texas Instruments Semiconductor Plant, Life Safety System – Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
  • White Tiger II Oil and Gas Platform – Vung Tau, Vietnam
  • BP Schiehallion Offshore Oil and Gas FPSO – West of Shetland Is.
  • Pemex Oil Refinery – Cadereyta, Mexico
  • Chevron LNG Plant – Escravos, Nigeria
  • Britannia Gas Platform – North Sea, U.K.
  • Aquila FPSO – Sardinia, Italy
  • Um Shaif Offshore Super Complex – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • King Fahd Industrial Port Tank Farm – Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia

In 2002 Phil was the on-site Technical Lead for commissioning, start-up and 'go-live' of the Fissile Material Storage Facility Integrated Control System; a USD $7m control and information system for the safe long term storage and accounting of Russia's decommissioned nuclear weapons arsenal (weapons grade plutonium) near Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.  The client being (jointly) the US Army Corp of Engineers and Russian Atomic Energy Authority.

For the year prior to his return to NZ, Phil worked as an IT Research Scientist and software developer at Hewlett Packard's European Research Laboratory in Bristol, U.K. – contributing to the development of 'Digital Media Platform' and its test framework for the storage, real-time delivery and querying of multimedia data repositories.


Qualifications

Phil has a Masters degree in Computer Science (awarded with distinction) from the University of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College); NZCE (Int.) in Electronics & Computer Technology from the Auckland University of Technology; and an unrestricted NZ electrical practicing licence (Electrician).

Phil holds both of the pre-eminent and internationally recognised qualifications for project management: Project Management Professional (PMP) and Prince 2 Practitioner.

Phil is a professional member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).