Kinfolk Leadership

Ross McConnell Managing Director at Kinfolk Capital

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Managing Director at Kinfolk Capital

Ross will ensure that each Kinfolk investment benefits from the global networks he has built over the last decade.

Ross began his career as an engineer and project manager for Fletcher Building, where he worked with the team that built Auckland’s Sky Tower and Vero Centre.  He then spent two years on a working OE in the UK, before completing an MBA degree at the University of California in Berkeley. After returning to New Zealand in 2004, he co-founded a professional services export firm with his wife Hollie, and led the development of the Kiwi Expat Association (Kea) - a global business network with members in over 180 countries.  Ross and Hollie have three young boys, who keep him fit enough to run the odd marathon and indulge his recent interest in freediving and spearfishing.

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Jono Steele General Manager at Kinfolk Capital

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General Manager at Kinfolk Capital

Jono is managing Kinfolk's evolution, so that we can focus on your interests.

Jono joined Kinfolk in January 2013 following a successful start to his career at Bank of New Zealand.  At BNZ, he provided capital structuring advice and debt to a wide range of SME, corporate and institutional sized companies throughout Australasia.  Along the way, he worked with a wide range of Kiwi business people – from owner-managers to corporate CEO’s. 

Jono and his wife Rebecca had their first child late 2013 - he still tries to fit in some rugby coaching, golfing and fishing.

Email:   |   Phone: +64 (0)29 6630 626

Mark Lewis Managing Director at City Motor Group

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Managing Director at City Motor Group

Having owned companies since he was 20 years old, Mark has strong entrepreneurial instincts and a deep empathy for owner-managers of SMEs.

Mark and his brother-in-law are partners in the Auckland-based City Motor Group, a vehicle sales company that is vertically integrated, active in the wholesale and retail markets but also providing insurance, finance and service products.  The Group also exports into the Pacific Islands and has recently introduced a Chinese vehicle brand into Samoa.  

Mark had previously established the Hire-A-Hubby franchise, which he operated for two years before selling it to Fletcher Challenge in 2000.  He has four children aged between 7 and 20.

Glen Beal Managing Partner at Campbell Tyson

Glen Beal

Managing Partner at Campbell Tyson

Glen is all about creating the “win” for both parties in any business partnership.  He believes it is crucial to look at both sides of a deal and apply innovative thinking to deliver an optimal solution.

With more than two decades at Pukekohe accounting firm Campbell Tyson including 12 as partner and three as managing partner, Glen has extensive experience helping SMEs to grow. He has provided sound financial advice and business support to Franklin companies with turnover of up to $300million.  He has had a lifetime of involvement in the equestrian world, including a 4 year role as a New Zealand Eventing Selector which involved selecting Olympic, Trans-Tasman and World Equestrian Games teams, as well as National Training Squads. He still competes regularly in showjumping competitions, as does his wife Sarah and their two sons.

Philip Dixon Managing Director at Sabato

Philip Dixon

Managing Director at Sabato

Philip represents OMP 18 on the Kinfolk Board – tapping into the 200+ years of business experience amongst the group.

After a 12 year career broking fixed interest securities Philip made a complete U-turn and along with his wife established Sabato - a company that has pioneered the importation and distribution of artisan, regional and family produced food products from Europe.

Now in its 20th year of business, Sabato continues to be at the cutting edge in sourcing and distributing products that are quite often little known outside the regions from which they are sourced. For Philip, Sabato is more than just a business - it is a way of life that has provided him with many wonderful experiences on a journey that is set to continue.

Philip has been married to Jacqui for 29 years and they have 2 adult children who have left home - finally.