Connal Townsend

Connal Townsend is the Chief Executive of Property Council New Zealand and in this role is the industry’s principal advocate on behalf of New Zealand’s commercial, industrial, retail, property funds and multiunit residential property owners. He has an M.A. (Hons) in Politics from Canterbury University.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2005, Connal worked for a number of years in the finance sector. He was previously lead consultant to the Housing New Zealand Establishment Board (1991); the regional manager North West for Housing New Zealand; a senior consultant with Deloittes specialising in strategic organisational development. He has also worked for Solid Energy (CoalCorp), and as a political researcher in Parliament.

He was a member of both the Rules Reduction Taskforce, appointed by the Minister of Local Government, Hon Paula Bennett, and this Government’s Technical Advisory Group on Resource Management Reforms (RMII -U). He was also a Founding Member and Chair for nine years of Auckland Councils CBD Board, is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Alzheimers Auckland, and is a Justice of the Peace.