What we do

Our Vision

Our vision is to be your essential infrastructure partner


Connexis makes it easy for you to have timely access to competent and qualified workers

How We Work

We work closely with industry, TEC, and other stakeholders in order to co-create solutions for our dynamic and fast changing industries

Develop qualifications that count

Ensure access to training that works

Deliver service that delights

Provide information and insight that adds value

About us

Connexis is New Zealand’s industry training organisation for the Infrastructure Industries. We work with the Civil Construction, Energy, Telecommunications and Water industries to develop qualifications and packages of learning to ensure a safe and productive workforce.

Customer service team

Managed by our North Island and South Island Area Managers, our team on the road services the whole of New Zealand. Connexis Customer Service Account Managers (CSAMs) provide support both to our infrastructure companies and trainees. Here to deliver solutions to increase the skills of your workforce so you can continue to meet the growing needs of your business. Also, here to support and guide trainees to stay on track as they progress through their assessments and see that they are getting the support required from their supervisor, mentor and assessor.

Let us know if you would like a CSAM to visit your workplace to discuss your workforce skill needs today. Contact us today.

Qualification and Resource Development (QRD)

Gazetted by Government to be the Standard Setting Body for New Zealand’s Infrastructure industries, this team work with industry to understand your workforce skills needs in order to develop qualifications, programmes and packages of learning to meet those needs.

Industry managers

These key industry ambassadors work alongside our Connexis teams and industry members to ensure that the qualifications, programmes and training arrangements are relevant and achievable in meeting your workforce needs now and into the future.

Quality assurance

This team develop and maintain our assessment and moderation framework. This provides the confidence to you as our customer that the educational outcomes consistently meet the level of quality required for effective workforce and career development.

Marketing and Careers

Here to help our customers attract high-quality people we work with schools, community groups and our industry partners to introduce the next generation to a fantastic career in infrastructure.

Support services

Providing the strong foundation for Connexis to be able to provide services to our industries. This encompasses our administration, business intelligence, technical support and finance people.

Key Contacts

Toby Beaglehole

Chief Executive

Toby is an experienced leader with a range of senior management roles, including Chief Executive of New Zealand Oil Services Limited and senior positions at New Zealand Post, Babcock and Brown Infrastructure, Meridian Energy and Ernst and Young.  He’s Treasurer at the Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum, and a strong believer in making New Zealand safer and more productive.  Toby was educated at Victoria University and lives in Wellington with his wife and three children.  He’s enthusiastic about running, modifying cars, and  generally finding ways to go a little faster.

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Group Manager Customer Engagement

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Mike Grumball

Group Manager Learning Solutions

Paul Mitchel

Paul Mitchell

CFO/Group Manager Corporate Services

Vanessa Veart-Smith

Vanessa Veart-Smith

Customer Service Area Manager – Northern

Fiona Malloch

Glen Burrin

Customer Service Area Manager – Lower North Island

Fiona Malloch

Fiona Malloch

Customer Service Area Manager – Southern

Marc Borland

Marc Borland

National Key Account Manager


Our Board

Brian Warren

Brian Warren


Brian has over forty years experience in the civil construction industry having held senior management positions with both Fulton Hogan and Isaac Construction. He was also a director of a number of subsidiary companies for both organisations. Brian is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a director of Ashburton Contracting Ltd, and Chair of the Civil Trades Certification board.

Susan Huria

Susan Huria

Susan Huria is Chair of Veterinary Enterprises and a director of Ngāi Tahu Property and Marsden Maritime Holdings. She was a previous director of Watercare, Airways and Deputy Chair of AgResearch. Susan is Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and a member of the IoD Auckland Committee. She works as an advisor to a number of boards in the Maori economy on governance and strategy development through her company Huria Anders. Susan was awarded Officer of New Zealand Merit for services to Governance.

Gavan Jackson

Gavan Jackson

Gavan Jackson is the Managing Director of Electrix Ltd. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds directorships with Electrix Pty Ltd (Australia) and J&P Richardson Industries Pty Ltd. Gavan was a previous director of the McConnell Dowell Corporation and Trustee director of the Power Engineering Executive Trust.

Don Pryde

Don Pryde

Don Pryde was appointed to the Board as a representative for employees working in the electricity supply industry. He is a system controller and electrical technician for Delta Utility Services, and National President of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. Don was previously a member, and past presiding member, of the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board.

Brian Warren

Roger McRae

Roger has over 35 years of construction experience in the NZ and Pacific Islands, retiring from the role of Managing Director of McConnell Dowell Constructors, a role he held for 17 years. Roger has served on the boards of several major infrastructure projects, including the SCIRT rebuild in Christchurch and the Waterview Connection project in Auckland. Roger is also currently chair of the Construction Safety Council.