About

Established in 2004, Groundline is a global consultancy providing transmission and distribution lines engineering services to network operators and service providers.

ABOUT GROUNDLINE

Over the last 16 years, our business has grown exponentially. We credit our success to one thing – our team.

We have a rock-solid reputation for being great to work with – we build long-term relationships with, and make things as easy as possible for, our customers. We take a practical approach to what we do; looking beyond spreadsheets, software and calculations.

We’re not only great at what we do; we’re also dedicated to improving our industry and society as a whole. Groundline is a global leader in providing overhead solutions and systems suitable for high wildfire start risk environments. We invest significantly in ongoing research and development, and our customers benefit from this via our clever innovations in GPS, cloud software, ICT and seismic technologies.


OUR VALUES

People First
Collaborate, support and respect each other.
Challenge
Question the status quo and embrace diversity.
Communication
Be clear, concise, and listen.
Smart
Innovative solutions by clever people.
Nimble
Be flexible, adaptive and continuously improve.

Meet the global leadership team

Craig Cox

GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Craig joined Groundline in February 2022 as the Group Financial Controller.

Craig is a Chartered Accountant and brings a breadth and depth of financial experience and business acumen to the business.

 With experience across all areas of business, he really enjoys the operational side of a company and the personal interaction with the people, be it the storeman or the CEO. Being part of a successful team and contributing to a strong culture is an important part of success in any role.

Craig enjoys the outdoors, partaking in numerous sporting adventures, kayaking, riding, running and tramping through the wilderness of Aotearoa. When time allows, he enjoys a good DIY project and spending time with the family.

Kate Morrison

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Kate joined the Groundline board mid-2021, further strengthening the governance team.

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2014, Kate spent 20 years working in investment banking in the UK, with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and most recently Deutsche Bank.

Kate has held a variety of client coverage and management roles in the areas of financial risk management, structured financing and investments.

Kate now co-runs a Christchurch-based consulting advisory business, as well as holding directorships with a number of companies, including Christchurch International Airport Ltd, Heartland Group Holdings Limited, Link Engine Management Ltd and Farm Right Ltd. She also chairs the board of The New Zealand Merino Company Ltd.

Kendall Langston

BOARD CHAIR, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Kendall started providing business advisory services to Groundline in 2019 and in early 2021 took up the position of Board Chairman.

Kendall has previously held three CEO roles and is the Managing Partner of Pivot and Pace, a strategic advisory business.

Kendall's business life see's him working full time as a professional board chair, independent director, executive leadership coach and business strategist with client companies in a number of industries across the globe.

One thing that sets Kendall apart is his military background as an Infantry Officer in the New Zealand Army. Kendall still serves in the NZ Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Mark Thompson

GENERAL MANAGER - COMMERCIAL

Mark is Commercial and results focused, with key strengths in ideation, strategy and ‘pragmatic action’. He is passionate about customers, the team and improving performance by taking the business on a meaningful and progressive journey.

Mark strives to move projects and the business forward quickly by bringing clarity and perspective that he has acquired from specialist experience in a range of technology, finance and services organisations.

Mark  connects customer success, sales, marketing, and operational process and thinking to align with and deliver on strategy.

Ian Flatley

COMPANY DIRECTOR & GENERAL MANAGER - PRODUCTS

Ian founded Groundline Engineering in 2004 after recognising that the industry needed independent, specialist transmission lines engineering services. He also saw an opportunity to use his specialist skills to develop products and services that deliver lasting improvements for the industry and broader society. 

Ian’s extensive expertise has been developed over many years developing asset management strategies, developing policies and standards for design work, carrying out condition assessments and failure analyses and in providing technical support to field engineers and contractors. His work has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Caribbean.

Ian is a family man, a rugby league fan and enjoys a good New Zealand craft beer.

Richi Cleland

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Richi, having worked with Ian on transmission lines projects since the 1990s, joined Groundline in its early days, becoming a director in 2006.

As Managing Director, Richi's focus is on business leadership and execution to enable the Groundline group to deliver services and products globally.

Richi possesses a unique mix of people and technical skills. His strong background in transmission line engineering, including field engineering and managing network construction projects, underlines his success.

He puts people first, investing heavily in staff and the team’s culture to ensure that Groundline continues to deliver outstanding service and outcomes for customers.

Richi enjoys spending time with his family and boating and has a passion for American classic cars.

Kyle James

GENERAL MANAGER - AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Kyle discovered a passion for engineering while in the military. After spending sometime in the civilian world fitting out dairy factories and fishing vessels, he ventured into transmission and distribution lines engineering when his interest was piqued by a job advert that mentioned climbing and the opportunity to be outdoors.

Kyle then honed his lines design skills while working for some of the country’s largest engineering consultancies in New Zealand, Australia and Canada before joining Groundline in 2014.

As General Manager - New Zealand, Kyle brings his practical and technical transmission and distribution lines experience to lead and develop staff. He enjoys technical challenges and encourages his diverse team to think outside the square. 

Kyle loves cars, particularly old Volkswagens, and spends many nights in his work shed.

Adam Yates

GENERAL MANAGER / UK DIRECTOR - UNITED KINGDOM

Adam, having spent his whole career in transmission and distribution, joined Groundline in 2015 to set up the UK office.

Under Adam’s watch, Groundline quickly established itself as a key player in the market. His commitment to customer satisfaction and building a great team of people has resulted in Groundline providing services to some of the United Kingdom’s largest companies.  

Adam attributes Groundline’s UK success to its team members. He enjoys creating an environment that encourages people to come up with ideas and innovations while showing customers that Groundline’s ability to problem solve is unrivalled.

Adam enjoys motorsport, attempting DIY and walking his dog in the sun and the rain, mainly the rain.

Michael Lee

GENERAL MANAGER - COVERED CONDUCTOR & BDM AUSTRALIA

Michael joined Groundline in 2018 following a prestigious career travelling the world, training, lecturing and consulting as a metallurgy expert. Michael holds several patents for high-tech conductor products, so Groundline Australia moved quickly to bring him on board.

 Michael’s technical background, connections, and experience working across countries complement Groundline’s general management team. He enjoys the intensely competitive nature of the Australian operating environment and believes that Groundline Australia’s team is the best available.

Outside of work, Michael spends too much time modelling AFL football tipping, not enough time sampling red wines and about the right amount of time wandering around art galleries and sitting on pristine beaches.

Why you should choose Groundline for your next job

Number of team members

50

Poles tested worldwide

612,234

Where our team has worked

Our team is made up of experts who’ve worked around the globe.