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Key Personnel


Richard Phillips – Director

“I strive to provide strong and empathetic leadership for my team, with the resources and flexibility to excel at their jobs. I take great pride in watching people grow and in the process creating a knowledgeable and effective team of highly skilled experts.
As an electrical and mechanical engineer, I find the challenge of running a business exciting and satisfying and always hope your experience with us exceeds expectations.”

Richard’s passion for the electrical industry stems from his depth of knowledge and varied experience around the world. Attaining his qualifications in the mining industry he has worked in the medical, agricultural and automotive industry throughout Europe, UK and Africa. With a heavy focus on industrial works as well as automotive design and control, Richard is not your average businessman, providing extensive engineering knowledge to his team and clients.


Mike Gower – FEL Switchboards Manager

Mike has been a part of the Electrical Industry since 1979, working primarily in the Commercial, Industrial and Heavy Industrial markets. During this time, Mike has maintained a strong focus and connection to the fields of switchboard design, construction and installation, culminating in a style and methodology that not only focuses on high quality construction, but also ease of installation. This approach to the market has allowed Mike to maintain strong ties to an otherwise competitive industry.

FEL Switchboards has quickly developed a reputation for high quality builds, a dedication to safety and standards, as well as an adaptiveness to change and a sensitivity to a client’s potential future demands – future proof by design.


Ross McPherson – Design Engineer

Ross started working for FEL in 2015 as our Design Engineer bringing with him over 30 years of experience within the industry in NZ, Australia and the USA.
He has specialist knowledge in switchboard, control panel design and engineering, power distribution and protection, electrical and control systems design and control system integration. He has a NZ Certificate in Engineering (Electrical) and is CUBIC Switchboard design and build qualified.

With sound awareness of the commercial aspects of a project through his design, production engineering and estimating work he has proved his ability to improve production efficiencies through new manufacturing procedures.

Ross is a great asset to our team and his work, with correct building procedures, allows us to build premium quality switchboards.