Rafael Luna is the original founder and currently a Director and CEO of Universal Communications Group Ltd (UCG). He has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years.
General Manager Operations New Zealand
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Dante is focused on ensuring finances are properly managed across the Group, and also shaping the direction of future growth plans.
Chief Technology Officer
Roger engages with all levels of UCG’s business to drive technology and process innovation, to the benefit of both UCG and its clients. He has been responsible for innovation and delivery on a number of firsts for UCG’s clients such as pioneering materials specification and design standards for MDUs with nbn. Roger gets involved in the planning stages of projects including installation and maintenance activities, through to planning, and commercial assessment of technology based projects.
Business Performance Manager
Dillip has over 25 years’ global experience with large infrastructure projects across NZ, Australia, USA, Mexico and India at both strategic and operational levels and has a proven ability to create high performing teams, programme recovery and driving performance. He is responsible for defining and implementing business improvement initiatives that improve current operational performance as well as providing a solid base for scaling the business.
Dillip has an honours degree in Engineering from the University of Auckland.
Group & Australia Commercial Manager
Samantha started with UCG in November of 2014 and has played a key role with the improvement of procedures and processes within the Commercial department. Samantha has over 7 years’ experience working in finance & commercial departments, with a strong background in project controls, contract negotiations and risk management.
Group Human Resources Manager
Corey provides comprehensive human resources management services to support the acquisition, development, productivity and satisfaction of the Company’s employees and subcontractors (which number around 400 and 1200 respectively) across Australia and New Zealand. The services include recruitment, training and development, remuneration and benefits, coaching, employee and industrial relations.
Group Health Safety Environment and Quality Manager
Don has over 25 years’ experience in the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) management field with over 10 years’ experience in senior management of diverse and multidisciplinary HSEQ teams, contractor engagement and leading HSEQ on high risk construction projects in Australia and overseas.
Business Development Manager
Peter is responsible for leading all business development, sales and marketing activities across the Group. Peter is responsible for new client engagement as well as managing opportunities emerging with existing clients. He is responsible for bid and proposal activities along with the production of supporting materials and client-engagement.
Group & Australia Commercial Manager
Ben has over 18 years’ of Commercial & Financial experience within large, complex operational environments and a track record of driving commercial performance. Ben has joined UCG as maternity cover for Samantha Cox.
Software Development Manager
Juan has lengthy experience in software development management with a particular focus in optimizing the development process and enhancing critical mission systems. He has extensive experience building and managing highly distributed and multicultural teams, as well as engaging with stakeholders. Juan can communicate in half a dozen languages and has a Master of Business Administration from Universidad de las Americas, a B.S. Computer Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration.
Chief Information Officer
Steve started with UCG in June 2018 as an IT Management Consultant leading our digital transformation strategies and systems to support the growth of UCG. Steve has over 12 years’ experience working in the IT industry in complex, enterprise environments with a focus on electronic and cyber security. Steve has a Bachelor and Post Graduate degree in Business Information Systems from Massey University in New Zealand and is pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration.