Christopher Patrick Boyle
Third Bearing Limited
Date of Birth 8 March 1967
Nationality New Zealand
Education Master of Business Administration, Executive Programme, Massey University
New Zealand (1994)
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Other Training Various management training programmes from 1988 to date.
Languages English : Mother tongue
Professional Member, Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand
Affiliations Associate Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Management
Member, Institute of Directors New Zealand
Member and Assessor, Australasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators
Qualified professionally in engineering and management.
Motivated in sales and client relationship management.
Effective manager of staff and project teams.
16 years' experience in top management positions.
25 years' experience in the electricity industry.
Licensed Dale Carnegie training instructor.
Adviser to businesses on strategic planning.
Mentor to business executives.
Recognised by businesses and in the community as a capable leader and
Raced superbikes, enduro, desert crossings, world rally navigating and
Published journalist for Australian Motorcycle Magazine and Top Gear Magazine.
Adventure travel through China, Mongolia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium,
Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Maldives, America, Australia, Italy,
Switzerland, Ireland in ABC Documentaries, 100 year old motor race re-
enactments, and motorcycle tours.
Guide to overseas Magazine Editors in touring New Zealand in automotive
Raced internationally in adventure race, mountain bike and multisport teams
Professional public speaker with many corporate and public presentations
Countries of Work Experience
Australia, Bhutan, Nepal, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America,
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No. From-To Employer/Position Description of Duties
1. 2000 – Present Director, Third Bearing Management and business
Director, Fabrum Manage composite R&D
Solutions Ltd operation.
Director, Martin Manage fuel tank manufacture
Engineering Ltd for aviation and petroleum
Journalist, Australian Testing and writing reviews of
Motorcycle News new motorcycles and related
Acting CEO Manfeild Park events
12 month role
2. 1999 - 2000 General Manager New Responsible for new business
Ventures, CentralPower development.
Ltd, New Zealand
3. 1995 - 1999 General Manager, Responsible to Chief Executive
Electricity, CentralPower for all aspects of electricity
Ltd distribution including
engineering, marketing and
4. 1993 - 1995 Network Manager, Responsible to Chief Executive
CentralPower Ltd for all aspects of electricity
distribution network including
operation and maintenance.
5. 1991 - 1993 Business Account Management of major
Manager, Manawatu- accounts.
Oroua Electric Power
6. 1990 - 1991 Commercial Engineer, Responsible for customer
Manawatu-Oroua Electric contracts for the provision of
Power Board line and energy services to
7. 1989 – 1990 Senior Industrial Sales Responsible for engineering and
Engineer, Manawatu- customer service functions for
Oroua Electric Power industrial users. Engineering
8. 1988 – 1989 Research and Electricity distribution system
Development Engineer, technical investigations and
Manawatu-Oroua Electric design.
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Business and Management Consulting
Director, Third Bearing Limited, Management Consultants
September 2000 - Present
Setup and develop new consulting practice with two business partners. Solely
responsible for client management and sales of services. Provide services into
financial, insurance, professional services, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and
retail industries. Consultant to several businesses on the development of strategic
plans, visions and values and on change management. Coach to business
executives on organisation performance and development. Advisor to companies
on governance roles and responsibilities. Merger and acquisition support to retail
business expansion. Policy development and project management for tertiary
institution for the implementation of a trade’s apprenticeship scheme. Managed
sale of technology business to an international party.
Performance improvement, including business process analysis and design,
management information and Corporate Performance Management processes and
Analysis and setting of financial and operational KPI’s for organisations, linking
them to key business strategic outcomes, including ongoing monitoring of plan
implementation and value release.
Consulting on supply chain review, specifically purchasing and procurement
processes, utilisation and alignment of IT systems to support business processes,
and quality review processes.
Revenue and cost control/ reduction assignments for tertiary authorities and
energy utilities. Multiple general financial review and planning projects, linked to
capital expenditure planning, operational budget setting and scenario planning.
Secondment to Tertiary institution as GM/Head of Faculty while incumbent was on
three month sabbatical – role included restructure of international marketing
group, overseeing strategic activities, and reporting to Council on faculties
Facilitate strategic planning and implementation of plan for Territorial Authority to
incorporate the community outcomes determined through the LTCCP process
(Long term Council Community Plan).
Executive lease as CEO of Manfeild Park for twelve months (three days a week) –
newly formed Trust owning 80 hectare facility (including motorsport race track,
agricultural facilities and building). The role involving developing and implementing
10 year strategic plan, gaining support of key stakeholders and settlors of Trust,
securing $20m funding for capital development plan, promoting and securing
significant new events.
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Develop asset maintenance planning, pricing methodology, and non-core asset
divestment for national transmission company.
Presenter of training programmes in management, leadership, and customer
service improvement. Presenter of Dale Carnegie management training courses.
Strategic planning and performance coaching including in the United Kingdom.
Extensive involvement in the change management of a NSW Utility, including
mentoring managers and facilitating vision and values workshops, and
implementing performance management processes.
Twelve month role as Acting CEO for Manfeild Park upon Trust being formed. Key
roles where reorganising staff resources, capturing new funding streams, and
development short and long term Strategic Development plans for the Park.
Journalist, Australian Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Magazine sold throughout
Test ride and write reviews of recently released motorcycles in Australia and New
Director, Fabrum Solutions Limited, Composite R&D Engineering operation
June 2004 – Present
Manage the promotion of the business to new clients, structure R&D contracts with
Government and international businesses. Develop relationships with Universities
to access and partner immerging IP. Manage operation of business including the
commercialisation of new products and technologies.
Director, Martin Engineering Limited, Heavy Engineering operation
January 2003 - Present
Oversee the operation of the business, specifically the manufacture of 50,000 litre
twin walled fuel tanks for use in the petroleum industry, mining and aviation
industries. Build relationships with petroleum organisations to secure supply
contracts, and set up agencies throughout Australasia for the promotion and sales
of the tanks. Secure manufacturing license from American manufacturer.
New Business Development
General Manager New Ventures, CentralPower Ltd
Responsible for developing new business systems and ventures including the
possibility of diversification into the telecommunications industry, the provision of
fault response and construction contracting services, and the establishment of
joint-venture asset management services for electricity lines companies and water
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Seconded for ten months to American Utility Consulting business (UMS) based in
Australian office performing performance improvement work for several Australian,
New Zealand and UK based utilities and infrastructure organisations. Managed a
business plan review project for a Victorian electricity distribution company with a
focus on adding value and preparing the business for sale. Performance
improvement for New South Wales utility, revising contracted relationships for
service, organisation structure and service delivery processes. Implemented revised
investment planning, risk management and asset management in UK water utility.
Electricity Lines Business Management and Operation
Various roles, culminating in the position of General Manager, Electricity
Responsible to the Chief Executive for all aspects of electricity distribution,
including engineering and commercial functions, retailing and marketing activities
and customer account management. Significant work undertaken and experience
gained during this period included the following:
General Management Experience
Build client base and manage ongoing client relationships.
Project management of multi million dollar projects, management of project
Management and leadership, including delegation and performance review.
Handling multiple corporate projects and meeting pre-determined deadlines.
Identifying, quantifying and managing problems and helping resolve conflicts.
Selecting, training and reviewing the performance of staff.
Establishing and reviewing remuneration levels.
Establishing, training and motivating staff teams, and developing systems and
processes for mentoring and coaching at all levels.
Providing constructive input as a team member and leader.
Identifying new management tasks and strategies to strengthen the company's
focus on service, followed by the development of delivery strategies and
Planning, monitoring and controlling capital, marketing, sponsorship and
overhead budgets and subsequent expenditures.
Reviewing project requirements, including scope and resource needs.
Reviewing and approving implementation programmes for major projects.
Reviewing and approving the prioritisation and allocation of resources.
Negotiating use-of-network and energy delivery contracts.
Building relationships, within the industry and at local and national levels, with
community and business leaders and government officials.
Quality control management.
Introduced formal asset management systems to the company’s electricity
distribution network business.
Implemented life-cycle maintenance planning.
Developed revenue protection concepts and expanded them to a company-
wide risk management programme and management plan.
Developed a business plan for a power distribution company in the State of
Victoria (Australia), identifying opportunities for cost reduction, performance
improvement and better service level delivery.
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Conducted asset management strategic planning and review workshops for
electricity distributors in the State of New South Wales (Australia).
Initiated a joint-venture asset management business in New Zealand, focussing
on long-term asset management and service provision contracts
Strategic Planning and Development
Member of management team responsible for setting a new strategic direction
for the company, following legislative changes and reform of the electricity
Responsible for separation of the company's asset management and
contracting functions, the introduction of service agreements, and
establishment of internal reporting requirements. The work included
development of agreed performance standards.
Managed all aspects of electricity retail business including metering, meter
reading, billing, and revenue collection.
Developed and managed a revenue protection programme to reduce non-
Developed an e-business solution to provide electricity consumers and energy
retailers with a real-time fault restoration and contract management service.
The system served most retailers operating in the company’s service area and
their operations in the lower North Island. The system was internet and call
Facilitated the management of the company’s corporate image during the
divestment of its retail business, and the accompanying staff reductions. The
company re-focused its activities on network operations with a re-positioned
profile and brand.
Developed and maintained the company’s brand, image, marketing, promotion
and sponsorship programme.
Implemented a customer account management programme for the company’s
industrial customers, managing the associated client relationships, addressing
service delivery issues, maintaining quality assurance procedures, and
negotiating delivered energy and use-of-network charges. This work entailed
the creation of a new business management team.
Responsible for re-structuring the company’s electricity network business in
response to legislative changes that required the separation of ownership of
lines and energy retailing functions.
Member of management team responsible for acquiring ElectroPower Limited
and merging its electricity lines and energy retailing businesses into the
company’s operations. The work included additional network interconnections
and the merging of operational systems and protocols, as well as the merging
of the two teams and the re-building of team structure, culture and profile.
Conducted in-house leadership and human relations skills workshops to assist
in developing staff communication skills, internally and externally.
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Considerable emphasis was placed on team-building. The programme
culminated in the company receiving a Service Business Award in 1998.
Member of management team responsible for an earlier merger of the
businesses of the Manawatu-Oroua and Tararua Electric-Power Boards to form
Conducted workshops for an electricity distributor in the State of Queensland
(Australia) to facilitate the introduction of better work practices and to re-
define operational processes.
Secondment to Meritec Ltd
2001 (1½ months)
Assisted Meritec deliver a change management program in the Maldives with
STELCO (State Electricity Company). The project was focussed on up skilling the
management team in leadership and management competencies, as well as
implementing customer service charters at a frontline level. The program required
a significant amount of facilitation at all levels in the organisation to provide
competencies in the areas of corporate objective setting, delegation, performance
management, project and contractor management and staff development.
Secondment to Meritec Ltd
1996 (1½ months)
Assisted a Meritec (then Worley International Ltd) team in Bhutan with the
preparation of a Rural Electrification programme for the Division of Power,
Government of Bhutan. Responsibilities included assisting with the development of
a comprehensive load forecasting model and the preparation and conduct of
Assisted a Meritec team with the review of a corporatisation strategic plan,
prepared by Meritec and the Nepal Administrative Staff College for the Nepal
I started racing motorcycles in 1987 at National level both circuit and off road.
Won two New Zealand titles in circuit racing in first three years of competition.
Competed in motocross, enduro and cross country events from 1990 winning age
group and capacity classes in regional events. Continued to race off road and
circuit racing up to the present day, with a move on the off road participation to
less formal desert crossings in Australia (BMW R1100GS, F650, KTM950) and
testing new motorbikes for Australian Motorcycle News – for example back to back
comparisons of the KTM Adventurer 950 and 990, the Australian release of the
Yamaha 2006 WR250 and WR450. This also included riding the NZ Six Day Enduro
(2007 ISDE) course prior to the actual event as part of a test report. I also
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competed at the 2000 Easter Weekend Motorcycle racing at Bathurst in Australia
gaining six top five finishers in a field of over forty motorcycles.
I raced in the NZ Winter Series National Go-kart championships in 1997 wining my
class in the first year.
I competed as a navigator in the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 World Rally
Championships in the New Zealand rounds as well as he NZ Championship finishing
second overall in the first year of competition.
I build all my own motorcycles and maintain them. I have a background in
Motorcycle mechanics as well as Mechanical and Electrical engineering.
In addition to this I started the ‘New Entrants’ motorcycle programme with Tim
Gibbes providing motorcycles, riding gear and tuition to young talent in both road
racing and off road racing. Two of these young riders went on to win NZ titles both
in circuit and off road racing and compete competitively in International events
including the Isle of Man TT. I also ran a NZ based superbike team competing in
the NZ National Championships in 1997, 98 and 99.
Through my Engineering business we have developed and manufactured many
carbon and Kevlar race products for circuit racing and specifically for the KTM
Community and Board Involvement
Horizons Energy Distribution Company Limited
Board member, 2007 – Present
Public listed company of the NZ Stock Exchange, an electricity distribution
company supplying network services to the Bay of Plenty region.
Manfeild Park Trust
Board member, 2004 – 2010 (Acting CEO 2005/2008-9)
Trust owning and operating 80 hectare events facility in the Manawatu, including
motorsport racetrack, agricultural facilities, equestrian events centre, performance
technology park, motel, agribusiness centre, corporate facilities.
Triathlon New Zealand
Board Member, 2007 – Present
National Body for the sports of triathlon, duathlon, multisport and adventure
racing, selecting elite athletes for world championships and Olympics, and running
round of ITU race, and national series. Supporting New Zealand clubs in growing
and hosting the sport.
Chairperson, 2001 – 2009, Trustee 2009 - Present
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Regional Sports Trust overseeing participation in active living, sport development,
club and code capability development, and health outcomes on behalf of District
Board member 2001 – 2005
Organisation representing three regional economic development agencies to secure
government funding for enterprise training program.
Manawatu Commerce Centre and Chamber of Commerce
Board Member, 1997 – 2005
(Deputy Chairman 1997-99)
Commerce representative group pursuing initiatives necessary to support regional
Vision Manawatu Economic Development Agency
Deputy Chairman, 1998 – Present
The aim of this agency, funded by territorial local authorities and businesses in the
region, is the promotion of investment and employment in the area.
Electricity Industry Standards Panel
Committee Member, 1997 – 1999
Electrical Engineers Association
Executive Committee Member, 1997 – 1999
Other Community Activities
Led public speaking and leadership training workshops for young sports leaders in
Instructor in public and corporate leadership, management and customer service
Instructor in the first Dale Carnegie youth programme in New Zealand.
Motivational speaker for community, sports and school groups. Business motivator
speaking at National conferences for various industries.
Adventurer – including riding 100 year old three wheel French motorcycle from
Beijing to Paris through Russia (15000km, 59 days) in 2005; multiple desert
crossing by motorcycle in Australia (unsupported), mountain climbing in Argentina
Superbike racing (New Zealand and Australia), Enduro and Cross Country 1988 –
Navigator International Rallying 1995 – 2000
Multisport (Coast to Coast etc) 2000 – Present
Adventure Racing (Southern Traverse 2000, Geoquest Australia 2002, China 2003,
Soccer (PNBHS, Canterbury University, Manawatu Plunderers – not to be taken
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking, Down river kayak racing
Downhill Mountain Biking, Mountain Running, Alpine Climbing
Triathalon – Xterra, NZ Tri Cup series 2006/07, 2007/08
Ironman – 2007 NZ Ironman, Rotorua Half Ironman 2006, Tauranga Half Ironman
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