Our People

We are a team united in the delivery of innovation & engineering excellence.

Led by a Board with significant commercial experience, the management team comprises electrical, mechanical, and materials engineers, supported by certified cable and fibre termination, electrical testing, and compliance professionals.

Our internal capabilities include polymer injection moulding expertise, technical drafting, industrial design, and systems management.
Avg. Age
- Board, 58 Years
- Management, 43 Years
Avg. Qualifications
- Board, 6
- Management, 8
Board of Directors
Kim Manley
Executive Chairman
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  • Joined Connec in June 2011 as Executive Chairman.
  • Founder and former Executive Chairman of Atlantis Resources Limited (2005 –2014), now London SX Listed SIMEC Atlantis Energy.
  • Former Director and CMO of Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine (2000 – 2005).
  • Former President & CEO of The Pierre Smirnoff Company, a division of DIAGEO PLC. (1997 –2000).
  • Board positions with: Allied Domecq S&W, SuntoryAllied, Jinro Ballantines, NZWS, Sift & Moore, Bundaberg Rum.
  • A 30-year marketing, M&A and commercial career with Yamaha Corporation, Sara Lee Corporation, Palmer Corporation, Diageo & Allied Domecq.
Dr. Russell Frith
Director & CEO
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  • Joined Connec Board in June 2013.
  • Qualifications B.Eng. (Hons), Mining Engineering, Nottingham, UK. Ph.D. Coal Mine Rock Mechanics, Nottingham, UK.
  • Professional experience: CEO & Principal – Mine Advice Pty Ltd.
  • Adjunct Professor – School of Mining Engineering UNSW.
  • Strata Engineering Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Group Geotechnical Engineer – Oceanic Coal.
  • Learner Official – Randfontein Estates Gold Mines and Rustenburg Platinum Mines, South Africa.
Craig Mitchell
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  • Joined Connec Board in September 2015.
  • Instapage Inc – San Francisco based start-up software provider Board Member and substantial investor.
  • Fullerton Fund Management, fully owned Temasek Holdings subsidiary Asian Equity Portfolio Manager, Singapore Stewart Asia.
  • Founder and shareholder. PM Asian Equity Long Only fund, Singapore.
  • Capital Group. Senior Vice President: invested Capital’s mutual fund, previously pension fund clients in companies that are listed in Asia.
  • Worked in LA, Singapore, Tokyo & London.
Peter Wade
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  • Joined Connec Board in October 2014.
  • Over 30 years of senior management experience in finance and investment banking.
  • Most recently, Executive Vice President – Institutional Equities & Debt Capital Markets for Commonwealth Bank
  • Former positions; MD of JP Morgan Securities, Managing Director – Sydney & International Equities at Goldman Sachs / JBWere.
  • Currently holds several board positions and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Management Team
Dr. John Keir
Project Director
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  • Joined Connec in January 2013 as Project Director.
  • Former Head of R&D at Atlantis Resources (2007 –2012).
  • Former Mechanical Engineer at Hill Michael and Associates(2004 – 2007).
  • Internationally recognised expert in the field of product innovation and energy transmission.
  • Professional engineer / manager that has led teams through the process of product concept through to commercialisation.
Stephen Williams
Head of Engineering
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  • Joined CONNEC in April 2013, as Head of Engineering.
  • MEngBEng (Elec, Hons) MIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ
  • Stephen is professional engineer and manager with 35 years of experience in the electrical and power industry.
  • Former Head of Electrical Engineering at Atlantis Resources (2008 - 2013)
  • Former Electrical Engineer at Miralec Electrical Services (1995 - 2008).
Andrew Ireland
Company Secretary
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  • Joined Connec in October 2011 as Company Secretary and Advisor.
  • Former Director and Advisor at Atlantis Resources 92005 –2011)
  • Former Company Secretary and Advisor at the independent Liquor Group (2012 – 2016).
  • Extensive experience with start-ups including protection, management, and commercialisation of intellectual property.
Nick Falzon
Chief Financial Officer
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  • Began advising Connec in November 2011 and in June 2013 became CFO.
  • A Director at PKF Chartered Accountants in Sydney since 2010.
  • Former CFO of several ASX-listed public companies.
  • More than 15 years actively engaged with a diverse range of businesses, especially start-up and R&D companies.
  • A Chartered Accountant specialised in forecasting, management, tax compliance, Board Reporting, Government Grants, and Incentives.
William Dunn
Testing & Compliance Officer
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  • Joined Connec in November 2011, product development & compliance officer.
  • 55 years of experience in the Mining, Telecommunications, and Electrical Power Industries. Assessment and testing of electrical equipment, telecommunications, prototype development, test facility specification and commissioning and Quality Assurance schemes.
  • Associate Diploma Electrical / Electronics / IT/IM
  • Assessor / Lead assessor (ISO 9000, 17025 auditor) - NATA
  • Inspector under NSW OH&S Act, and NSW Industrial Magistrates Court.
  • Member of Standards Australia EL 23/03/3 technical committee.
  • JAS-ANZ audits Explosion protection and QMS technical expert.
Dylan Toth
Senior Product Designer
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  • Joined Connec in September 2017.
  • Bachelor of Built Environment majoring in Industrial Design (2004)
  • Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design (2007)
  • Bachelor of IT majoring in Computer Science and Data Science (Current)
  • Senior Designer for Bradken (2009-2014)
  • Heavy Industry and Industrial Design Career Focus
  • Additive manufacturing proponent
Clar Bedia
Production Manager
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  • Joined Connec in December 2018 as the Production Supervisor.
  • Cert III - Polymer Processing (2015)
  • Cert III - Lean Manufacturing (2014)
  • Former Head Technician of Marco Engineering (2013-2018)