Phil McConchie

MSc, NZCE(Int), PMP, MIEEE

Commercial Director
(AKL based)


As one of two founders of Camelspace Phil has been Commercial Director since start-up in 2006, jointly (see Mick) taking the group from a company employing two through to the present-day 100 and New Zealand’s largest scaffolding, event structures and height services company. Throughout providing strategy, marketing and financial leadership and remaining integrally involved in the evolution of the company’s vision and mission.

Initially handing procurement including vendor and client-side contract negotiation, Phil was responsible for the development and introduction of procedures and levels of sign-off for an executive and management team in turn responsible for branch management; occupational health and safety; and group finance functions. Jointly responsible for the development of these leaders’ KPI’s, Phil remains close to their ongoing monitoring. Large project negotiations and a number of successful exclusive New Zealand distributorship negotiations are/have been handled by Phil.

Phil has been responsible for the development and implementation of HR polices and still handles executive recruitment personally as well as remaining directly responsible for marketing and brand strategy and related execution. Phil has always been keenly interested and participated in the shaping of the company’s culture which has led to extraordinary staff retention. 

Working in a Business Analysis capacity with an external developer, over the past five years Phil was jointly responsible for the group’s development of an industry leading real-time cradle-to-grave workflow, job management and productively monitoring/reporting software application currently in use and continuing to drive ongoing margin improvements.

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

Phil developed debtor credit procedures (including collection) which have resulted in industry leading (low) bad debt write-off and developed the current suite of monthly group management accounts and pro forma board papers.

Stepping back a little after having introduced cash management, reporting and forecasting tools; systems and procedures as the group grew, Phil now controls a multimillion dollar annual capex budget; raises any debt or equity as required and fulfils the group’s CFO function including overseeing long-term financial forecasting and modelling.

Day to day and along with the other executive director on the group’s board, Phil now directs the executive team and continues to provide strategy, vision and mission guidance of a distributed company which is the largest of its type in New Zealand.


PRE CAMELSPACE

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

During his 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 System projects in the petrochemical, manufacturing and nuclear industries.

IT control and automation projects heavily involved with (encompassing design/development and commissioning) included:

  • 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); an intermediate NZCE in Electronics & Computer Technology from AUT 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).


PERSONAL

Amateur interests include period and modern architecture; political systems and economics; sociology and anthropology; NZ history; rugby (now only watching); snow skiing (still participating); and genealogy, including the origin of surnames and languages.

Phil is married with two small children (but notes they seem to get alarmingly larger each day), one of each gender, i.e. ‘the set’.