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Our Team

Michael Pigott - CEO

Michael has extensive experience in electrical contracting, operations and maintenance. Has an MBA in Business and leads JLE as CEO.  Michael also manages JLEs people, strategies and development.

  • General Manager
  • Operation Manager
  • Project Manager

Kyle Nicol

General Manager Projects

Kyle is a qualified mechanical engineer who joined JLE in 2011 and leads the project’s stream across the JLE group which includes business development, tendering and project delivery. Kyle has 20 years of experience in delivering and overseeing multi-discipline projects in the infrastructure and industrial sectors across New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific including mining and mineral processing, petrochemical, oil and gas, power generation, water/wastewater treatment, dairy, pulp & paper, and food processing. Kyle has strong project controls, commercial and contract capability which is applied throughout the JLE business.

Mark Thompson

General Manager - Operations

Mark is a qualified Electrician who started at JLE as an apprentice in 1989. Mark has 30 years of experience within the electrical industry and has obtained a broad skill base with specialties skills in the Industrial Electrical, Controls and Automation, Instrumentation and Hazardous Area Electrical work. Mark also has 15 years management experience in the Electrical Contracting /Construction Industry and is responsible for the wider JLE groups day to day Service and Maintenance activities. Mark has a passion for developing skilled electrical tradesmen via training and producing top quality outcomes for a long list of happy clients both here in NZ and  South Pacific.

Shelley McKinstry

Finance and Admin Manager

Shelley is a long-serving member of the JLE team with more than 30 years of service. Her analytical thinking, problem-solving skills and dedication to the company has seen her advance into the role of Finance and Administration Manager across our operations in the South Pacific. With a strong financial background and an outstanding understanding of JLE, Shelley helps to lead the decision-making strategies of the business.


Mohammed Riaz

Auckland - Operations Manager

Mohammed Riaz is a qualified electrician by trade who joined JLE in 2007 as a Trade assistant and now leads the Auckland operations which consist of project delivery, service & maintenance, business development and estimating. Mohammed Riaz has 12 years of experience in delivering and overseeing projects in infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors across New Zealand including petrochemical, oil and gas, power generation, water & wastewater treatment plant, food processing, dairy and animal feed processing. Mohammed thrives on quality, health & safety, client satisfaction, and profitable business.

Mitchell Young

New Plymouth - Operations Co-ordinator

Mitch joined JLE in January 2017, bringing with him vast experience in Industrial fields including water and wastewater, processing plants and hazardous areas. In 2019 Mitch stepped into the New Plymouth Coordinators role where he now manages all required service and maintenance works, team rostering, quoting and overseeing small projects within the New Plymouth area.

David O’Neill

Hawera - Mechanical Service Delivery Co-ordinator

Dave joined JLE in 2013 & after 40 years of experience across all aspects of the mechanical industry, he is now leading the mechanical division for JLE based out of Hawera. This covers servicing/maintenance & projects of any size. Dave thrives on quality & time delivery in all aspects of his work while incorporating a high level of health & safety throughout the company.

Ian Minchin

Operations Manager - PNG & Australia

Graeme Clough

Technical Manager

Graeme has over 35 years’ experience with JLE in all aspects of Electrical work, Projects, Construction, and Business Management. Graeme worked his way through the ranks starting with JLE as an Electrician, followed by gaining NZ Advanced Trade Certificate, Hazardous Area Inspector Registration, QLD Electrical Licence and is a Work Place Assessor. Specific skills and experience include Project Management, Project Management Systems (Planning, Cost Control, Procurement, etc), Innovation & Design, Autocad, Risk Management, Operations Support, and Maintenance. Industries worked in include Oil and Gas, offshore, mining, petrochemical, and Food/Dairy Companies. Graeme is committed, energetic, enthusiastic and result-driven. He enjoys responsibility, working with and motivating a team of people to produce excellent results. Graeme learns new technology quickly given his diverse experience in the past.

Adam Simpson

Project Manager

Adam is a qualified electrical engineer currently in the role of Sr Project manager. After graduation Adam started his career with JLE in early 2012, quickly rising to his current position and delivering some of JLE’s most successful projects to date. Adam has 9 years’ on-site experience executing multi-discipline projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Asia-Pacific regions. Adam has a very diverse skill set that also supports project efficiency in design, provides optimized solutions for clients throughout construction and commissioning.

Mitchell Smith

Project Manager

Mitch joined JLE in 2013, already holding an Industrial Electrical qualification earned from a local Aluminium manufacturing plant with heavy automation and I&E presence. Since my time with JLE I’ve spent 1 year away from home in PNG working for Oil & gas companies, Facilities offshore of Taranaki in hazardous area environments & leading hand on projects around the North island within multiple industries. Most recently, managing/coordinating the electrical team in Hawera & working in with local clients on a daily basis to execute service and maintenance tasks. Mitch thrives on the Technical, Quality & Efficiency of any sized project & displays that within his Hawera team and JLE as a whole.

Hamish Wood

Project Engineer

Hamish is a qualified electrical engineer based out of JLE’s Auckland branch. He joined the JLE team in 2018 as a Project Engineer working on the Western Springs College Redevelopment Project and has since gained a wide range of experience in day-to-day onsite management, design, CAD drawing, and technical capability.

Adam McNamara

Construction Manager

Allan Jackson

Construction Manager

Ian Drummond

Estimating Manager

Ian is a New Zealand Registered electrician who joined JLE in 2001, and now heads the estimating team for the JLE group. Ian has experience in the construction, supervision, and management of industrial projects across New Zealand including dairy, food processing, petrochemical, water & wastewater. Ian is JLE’s key contact for any estimations required, with the ability to transform the most intricate requirements into understandable, client-friendly submissions.

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