Vital

Story

Vital
Values

Vitality.

Act with Vitality every single second.

Our new name is no accident. It has been chosen to reflect our critical role in the world. Vital describes both our role and the way we want to live each day at work. Working, acting and interacting with true vitality is a critical differentiator for our  team. Having the energy, the optimism and the momentum to innovate, to fix, to deliver and to attack problems and solve them is what will be the vital difference between our business and the rest.

Insight.

Use insight to optimise today and innovate tomorrow.

To have a vital role in the lives of New Zealanders is to understand the way they live, the challenges they face and the things they need to do in their day. To keep Kiwis in touch in new, more robust and more flexible ways, we need to use the insight that we gain from our deep history, our hands on experience and real commitment to keeping everything running 24/7 as well as surprising people with things they didn’t expect of us.

Togetherness.

Have each others back every day.

This takes team work to the next level. We’re promising New Zealand the benefit of the most connected, seamless and integrated network ever. So it stands to reason that we have to be even more connected as a team. This isn’t just the way we communicate and collaborate. It’s about our culture and having each other’s backs, so that when we face challenges, cope with a crisis or go out on a limb with a new idea, we know we have the real support of everyone around us – which is vital to growing an innovative and famous company.

Ambition.

Always show up with your ambition.

Keeping things moving, keeping the lines open and minimising downtime is just the beginning. Every great business has a moment in their history where they make a giant leap and this is ours. Keeping ahead of the world around us, striking out into new territory and following our noses when we smell a new opportunity is vital to remaining relevant. We want you to be proud of the work you do at Vital and see the work you do here as a fundamental stepping stone to building a world class career.

Love.

Love what you do at Vital, Vital will love you back.

In a business like ours, a word like love is rarely used but in order to do anything truly great we have to love what we do. When you love your job and you love the company you work for – magical things can happen. Loving your job means putting in 110% and it also means expecting 110% back. It means caring about absolutely everything and leaving nothing to chance. It means taking full responsibility not out of obligation but out of pride.

Vital
Beginnings

We have been providing Vital communications for over 25 years. From a dream to build the best telco in New Zealand, a company that keeps its promises, delivers great service and provides investors with strong returns, the Vital story began.

The company, then called TeamTalk evolved through the 90’s building on its early successes in delivering nationwide radio communications. At the same time another vision was beginning at CityLink where a revolution established the capital as one of the world’s best-connected cities by attaching fibre-optic cable to the city’s trolley bus wires and power poles.

Both companies continued to grow. In 2001, we acquired the FleetLink assets from Telecom and launched a data storage service followed in 2002 with CafeNET: the first to launch Wi-Fi zones in New Zealand. In 2004 the company listed on the NZX and over the next few years a number of acquisitions occured which diversified the business.

Now under one brand we are a provider of fundamental nationwide infrastructure which is Vital to New Zealand. We own and operate fibre infrastructure in Auckland and Wellington and are well positioned to take advantage of growing data consumption. Our current investment we are making into our fibre will ensure a more resilient network scaled to meet future customer requirements.

We are the largest commercial provider of nationwide radio in New Zealand and also provide linking radio services through microwave to some of the remotest parts of New Zealand. We are well positioned to take advantage of the transition of our network to digital and the additional services this provides. We serve many customers across different sectors including; Government, Civil Defence, Emergency Services, Health, Utilities, Public Transport, Education, Logistics & Freight, Agriculture and Channel partners.

We look forward to providing Vital services for another 25 years.

Vital
Team

Leadership Team

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has been Chief Executive of TeamTalk since September 2016 and his pedigree in the global telecoms industry includes five years with Alcatel-Lucent, three of which were as the CEO & Managing-Director of Alcatel-Lucent NZ where he successfully transformed the company. His experience also includes nine years with Orange-France Telecom where he was a key member of their corporate IT&N Operations function. He has had a variety of different customer development and management roles within business sectors across the globe and he understands the challenges facing the operator today and the complexities of delivering strategic transformation programmes ensuring successful outcomes for the business are achieved. Andrew is a Director of CityLink Limited and serves as the independent Chair for Quanton.

Jason Bull

Jason Bull

Chief Financial Officer

Jason is a successful commercially minded finance leader who has held a number of senior positions across the telecommunications and logistics sectors including 11 years at Alcatel-Lucent NZ where he held the roles of Chief Financial Officer and GM Business Operations and Transformation. More recently before taking on the CFO role at TeamTalk, Jason was the Finance & Business Operations Manager at Lockheed Martin NZ. Jason is a firm believer on the linkage between employee engagement and company results and advocates effective leadership driving engagement. Jason is also a director of CityLink Limited.

Andrew Hooker.

Andrew Hooker

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew has over 32 years International Telecommunication experience across multiple technology fields including wireless: LMR, 3G, 4G, LTE-A, Microwave Radio; and fixed DWDM, SDH, FTTx, ADSL2+, VDSL2 and IP Architectures. He has extensive Project, Design and Managed Service experience running large National Mobile, Broadband and PTN networks, supporting customer management, operations, service delivery and sub-contractor management. Prior to joining TeamTalk, Andrew was Customer Delivery Manager at Nokia with full P&L responsibility across all Projects and Managed Services on Vodafone Hutchison Australia network.

Martin Treanor

Martin Treanor

DMR Tier III Programme Manager

Martin has extensive experience in successfully delivering large, challenging projects in the telecoms sector. These assignments have included the implementation of in-flight wi-fi services for Inmarsat; the deployment of cellular networks and the integration of complex
IT systems for Spark; and over 10 years
spent working for major technology
suppliers, including Ericsson and Nortel, in customer-facing senior project management roles. Martin joined TeamTalk in February 2018 to lead the delivery of the new DMR
Tier III network, whilst also developing the organisation’s project management
capabilities and building working relationships with key technology partners.

Mark Finnigin

Mark Finnigan

Head of Human Resources and Safety

Mark has over 20 years experience in Human Resources and Safety nationally and internationally. Mark started his Human Resources career with Fletcher Challenge Energy before moving to England and working in the banking, and oil and gas industries. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, Mark worked in HR management functions in both the private and public sector, including 10 years at Transpower New Zealand. In November 2016 Mark was
appointed Head of Human Resources and Safety for Teamtalk Group.

Phil Henderson

Phil Henderson

Head of Sales

Phil joined TeamTalk Group in June 2018 bringing over 20 years diverse business
experience relevant to delivering the required transformation of our business from providing legacy technology to our customers, to forward facing business impacting technology and services. While being a Chartered Accountant, Phil has forged a career based on delivering
business value to customers by leading high performing teams through direction, strategy and mentoring.

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Strategic Advisor, Radio

Kevin has carried out a range of roles in TeamTalk having joined six months after its inception in 1994. These roles have included Marketing Manager, GM Operations & Engineering and GM Commercial. Kevin came from 21 years experience in the telecommunications industry primarily in data communications with seven of those years at Telecom.

Board Members

Roger Sowry.

Roger Sowry

Chairman

Roger was a Member of Parliament from 1990 to 2005, including a spell as Chief Whip (1994-96). Following the 1996 election he was Minister of Social Welfare, a position he held for three years. He served as Associate Minister of Health (1996-98) and Leader of the House (1998-99). In 1999 Roger became Deputy Leader of the National Party. Roger retired from Parliament in 2005, moving to become Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand. He also serves as a member of the Electricity Authority, and chairs Weltec and Whiteria Polytechnics. He is currently a partner at Saunders Unsworth Limited. Roger became TeamTalk’s Chairman on 27th August 2014.

Reg Barrett

Reg Barrett

Independent Director

Reg is a Wellington based company director with assignments in both the commercial and government sector in New Zealand and overseas. He is a former CEO of three organisations with Central and Regional government spanning 13 years, a military engineer career spanning 21 years and over 10 years executive experience with Vodafone. He has had over 25 years governance experience as both a Chairman and Director of commercial enterprises and specialist knowledge in civil engineering projects, telecommunications, supply chain, land transport and use of technologies as enablers for enterprises.

Nathan York

Nathan York

Independent Director

Nathan has held a number of senior management and governance positions, primarily in the Māori and property sectors, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Tuaropaki Trust and Chair of the Ahu Whenua Trust, Whaiti Kuranui 2D4 Sec1B. He has extensive portfolio management and property development experience, having delivered a number of nationally recognised projects during his prior involvement at Tainui Group Holdings. Nathan has tribal affiliations to Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa/Tainui and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

James Sclater

James Sclater

Independent Director

James Sclater is a professional company director and trustee acting for a number of companies and investment trusts, including ProCare Health, Homecare Medical and Damar Industries. James is a chartered accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Prior to 2009, James was chairman of Grant Thornton Auckland, where he was a business advisory services director for 18 years, specialising in small-to-medium enterprise accounting, taxation and management advice.

Susan Freeman Greene

Susan Freeman-Greene

Independent Director

Susan is currently Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ) where she has been since February 2015. Susan was formerly Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and before that was a senior leader and Chief Mediator with the Human Rights Commission. Her professional background is in law (she still holds a Practising Certificate) and she practised for many years as a lawyer before adding to her repertoire by undertaking further training and practising as a mediator. She has had over 25 years’ experience across the public and private sector in law (including in the commercial and employment areas) and in mediation.