Nigel Richards

Nigel is the kind of General Manager who will never leave you guessing. He, like all the McConnell team, believes in simple straight communication and strives for excellence in whatever we take on. This is essential when managing a business that responds to diversity of stakeholder needs.

With a professional background in civil engineering, Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in the property development and construction industry in the UK and New Zealand.

As part of the role, Nigel bridges the space of ensuring ongoing shareholder, financier and wider partner support around our business while guiding the team in delivering on the stated objectives of our developments.   His experience in all facets of the real estate continuum and an enquiring mind reinforces the ‘safe pair of hands’ reputation that the business has built over the last 20 years.

Before joining McConnell Property in 2003, Nigel was Regional General Manager for the global multi-national Bovis Lend Lease.

Nigel’s governance responsibilities have included director representations in several joint venture consortiums and both private and quasi-public companies with diverse shareholding.

Nigel has considerable experience in corporate advisory roles.  He has led or completed real estate assignments for clients such as General Electric, Carter Holt Harvey, AMP, Housing New Zealand, Solid Energy, Manukau City Council and Goldman Sachs JB Were.

During his 15 years with McConnell Property Nigel has led the planning, marketing, funding and physical delivery aspects of some of the company’s largest developments including Highbrook (Auckland) and Titanium (Hamilton) business parks, Ascot Central and the PWC Centre.  In more recent years he has charted and led the company through the post GFC environment to deliver a suite of predominantly residential based developments.

Nigel continues to invest a significant amount of time to championing industry leadership roles including but not limited to the Property Council of New Zealand and until recently was a foundation member of Auckland City’s Urban Design Panel.  

“If our team had a theme song it would be Dave Dobbyn’s “Loyal”. I’m proud of how we have earned the respect of each other - and of shareholders and peers in the industry.”
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