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Leadership Team

Robbie and Michelle Gale

Owners and Managing Directors

Born and bred in Hawkes Bay, Robbie and Michelle are the fiercely compassionate and innovative leaders who steer the dynamic ship that is - Russell Roads.

Having run the largely successful concreting business ‘CPM’, in 2015 the pair decided to partner and merge their company with Russell Roads. Their vision was to become a ‘full service’ civil construction company who delivered high-quality outcomes for its clients and its people.

Over the last five years, they invested, built, developed and significantly improved the perception and capabilities of Russell Roads by recruiting and securing highly skilled and experienced people, investing into industry-leading technology, plant and machinery and diversifying Russell Roads’ offering to the market to allow them to compete and secure work on both a local and national level. A part of this ‘step-change’ was the acquisition and founding of both the Asphalt Plant and Operational Quarries that are strategically scattered across the East Cape of the North Island.

In November 2019, Robbie and Michelle purchased Russell Roads outright. The completion of this purchase meant that they could begin mobilising the greater vision that they had for the company and its people.

‘For The Road Ahead’ is the governing statement that outlines their intention for the profits and success that this business generates. Robbie and Michelle see Russell Roads as a vehicle to pave the way for the people of this company; fruitful careers, health and well-being, prosperity for Whānau and a safe and enjoyable workplace are all targets that they invest a portion of the profits into to ensure the Russell Roads Community will flourish for years to come.

Stuart McKinnon

CEO

Stuart’s background is 35 years in Banking, leading people, matching future needs of customers through innovation and implementing cool ideas.

His last three years have been supporting SBS Bank in their approach to being good for members, and different to the big banks. The 10 years before that he spent driving productivity and creating capacity in CBA and ASB by creating smarter processes to improve service, and lower operating costs in the Contact Centre, Digital space. Before that, he spent 10 years running a contact centre in NZ in Banking and Finance whilst also leading BankDirect for two years.

Stu’s passion to look after the greater good of the people and the planet is something that strongly aligned with Michelle and Robbie’s overall vision for Russell Roads. Stu is striving to find and develop the right balance and sustainability of our business across our people, planet and profits.

Our Management Team

Jimmy Scott

General Manager - Operations
Diploma in Business, STMS, NZS 3910, Project Management, Health and Safety Management, Quality Management, Leadership & Planning, Site Auditing.

As General Manager of Operations at Russell Roads, Jimmy is very process driven with a high expectation of quality and safety.

As General Manager of Operations at Russell Roads, Jimmy is very process driven with a high expectation of quality and safety. Jimmy has a very high focus on his ability to communicate with clients in a timely manner and will monitor and report on all aspects of Quality Control requirements. Jimmy’s key strengths are detail to quantity and cost control, cash flow forecasting, timeliness and ability to produce projects within programme.

Jimmy brings strong on-site leadership to Russell Roads projects, ensuring all aspects of site compliance are adhered to.

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Craig Jermyn

General Manager - Delivery
NZCE (Civil)

Craig has been a part of the Russell Roads team since 2015 and continues to actively lead our team to achieve the results sought by our clients which are to be safely delivered in full, to high-quality standards, on time and on budget.

Craig has been a part of the Russell Roads team since 2015 and continues to actively lead our team to achieve the results sought by our clients which are to be safely delivered in full, to high-quality standards, on time and on budget.

Craig is responsible for managing the performance of our projects, as well as being responsible for tendering for our future work. He has over 25 years of experience in the civil construction industry, managing projects across New Zealand. He has proven expertise in road maintenance, reseals, AWPT, bridge maintenance, structural maintenance and drainage projects.

Craig can often be found at the Streetwise Coffee trailer in Hastings or cruising around NZ campsites in his caravan with his wife and son during the summer months.

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Sharon Smith

CFO - (SDS Advisory)
C.A. BCOM DIPgrad

Sharon is the CFO of Russell Roads with her consultancy business, 'SDS Advisory', overseeing the financial performance of the business and ensures the management team has up to date and accurate information to make sound financial decisions.

Sharon is the CFO of Russell Roads with her consultancy business, 'SDS Advisory', overseeing the financial performance of the business and ensures the management team has up to date and accurate information to make sound financial decisions. . With her previous experience consulting to clients within a leading CA firm, Sharon plays an integral role in strategic and business planning to maintain Russell Roads’ competitiveness.

She is an experienced advisor in budgeting and forecasting and works with businesses on a monthly basis to help them set and achieve their business KPIs and wider business goals.

Sharon is not only an astute accountant but also doubles as a great people manager of her husband and three children. We have been lucky to have Sharon’s experience and financial prowess in the business since 2015.

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Vickie Hope

Manager - People and Culture
Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)

Vickie joined Russell Roads in July 2021 as the People and Culture Manager and is responsible for coordinating the development, training, recruitment, and staff engagement to enhance a high-performance culture.

Vickie joined Russell Roads in July 2021 as the People and Culture Manager and is responsible for coordinating the development, training, recruitment, and staff engagement to enhance a high-performance culture. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canterbury, and is an experienced Human Resources generalist, with over 15 years working in diverse industries such as manufacturing, tertiary education, financial services and central government (UK).

Vickie influences culture change by building strong relationships, coaching, supporting and empowering managers.

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James Waerea

Contract Manager
Completing Diploma in Civil Engineering

With a number of years of service under his belt at Russell Roads, James' expansive technical and practical knowledge has proved very valuable to our team. Once a part of our concrete crew, James appreciates the challenges that arise 'on the job' and knows how to approach these to get the best outcome for our clients and field staff.

With a number of years of service under his belt at Russell Roads, James' expansive technical and practical knowledge has proved very valuable to our team. Once apart of our concrete crew, James appreciates the challenges that arise 'on the job' and knows how to approach these to get the best outcome for our clients and field staff.

James' talent was quickly recognised by the management staff early on during his time at Russell Roads. He was quickly thrown into the fast-paced world of project management of which he adapted quickly and proved himself. His biggest achievement to date is project managing a 13-million-dollar project for Waka Kotahi. 'SafeRoads' ran between PakiPaki and Waipukurau on SH2 which involved widenings and major barrier installation.

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Rachael McNaught

SHEQ Coordinator
Graduate Member New Zealand Institute of Safety Managers (GradNZISM), Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, Level 6 (2017)

Rachael is a H&S professional with five years of strong experience in investigations, risk management, legislation, and H&S Management System (HSMS) Development. She brings experience working with various extractive (mining), manufacturing, transport and logistics, administrative and contracting businesses to improve safety.

Rachael is a H&S professional with five years of strong experience in investigations, risk management, legislation, and H&S Management System (HSMS) Development. She brings experience working with various extractive (mining), manufacturing, transport and logistics, administrative and contracting businesses to improve safety.

Rachael is practical and collaborative with strong implementation skills. She leads with effective communication and information sharing, and has key skills in staff training, inductions and toolbox presentations. Her 'no-nonsense' approach to Health and Safety means that we have full confidence that the SHEQ processes and systems that Rachael administers, ensure that our staff will return home to their families' safe each night.

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