Tansley Electrical - a new approach for a new era.

The electrical industry has changed hugely since Ron Tansley set up Tansley Electrical in 1958.

Back then, it wasn't unusual to see an electrician cycling down the road, with a ladder over one shoulder and a bag bulging with tools perched precariously on the parcel tray. The rules regarding who could undertake electrical work were more relaxed back then and many a husband tried his hand at fixing electrical problems. Sometimes with spectacular results!

In the early days when you called Tansley Electrical for help, Ron Tansley himself likely arrived on your doorstep. Today, the electrical industry is very different. Pens have given way to computers, bicycles to GPS-equipped vans, and test equipment now includes the latest in thermal and analysing technology.

At Tansley Electrical, one electrician has turned into a team of 80 people covering the Otago, Central Otago, Southland and Canterbury areas, working out of Dunedin, Queenstown, Invercargill and Christchurch.

Two things haven't changed, however. The company remains locally owned and it is still the preferred electrical services supplier for many of the Southern Regions most successful companies. That's because with many highly skilled and long-serving staff members it has huge combined experience to draw on.

Key Personnel

Steve Donaldson
General Manager


Steve has been with the company for over 30 years and as General Manager oversees the operation of all the Tansley Group branches and companies.Steve is a fanatic sports supporter and also enjoys spending time on the water in the Central Otago Lakes.

Karl Thom
Contract Manager

Karl organises and co-ordinates contracts from conception to completion. He is responsible for the day to day workload and health and safety for the Tansley Group. Outside of work Karl enjoys playing golf and hockey, coaching his 2 sons sports teams and gardening.

Dave Peterson
Contract Manager

Dave joined Tansley direct from school and is one of the company's longest serving staff members. Dave has been involved in some of Otago's largest construction projects over the last 3 decades and his knowledge is vast. Dave is the company's honorary petrol head with an interest in classic cars.

Brent Dixon
Fire Protection Manager

Brent specialises in fire alarm contracting, servicing, and compliance.
He liaises with his dedicated Dunedin team as well as the other branches.
Brent enjoys going to gym and cycling when he gets spare time

Alister Sneddon
Estimating Manager

Alister is responsible for the tender preparation for all of the Tansley branches.
He enjoys liaising with our suppliers and clients and is an integral part of the team.
Outside of work you can find him on his mountain bike or in the garden.

Carolyn Gillan
Office Manager

Carolyn is responsible for the office operation of the entire Tansley Group.
Her expertise and skill ensure the "guys" can focus on their core work. Away from work she enjoys most outdoor activities including cycling and walking.

Scott Nicholson
Queenstown Branch Manager

Scott is manager of the Queenstown Branch which covers all of central Otago. His work ethic and attitude is a reflection of his successful transition from Tansley apprentice to Tansley manager. In his spare time he enjoys all that the Central Otago lifestyle brings and having a round of golf on the Cromwell links.

Brendan O'Sullivan
Southland Branch Manager

Brendan is responsible for the smooth operation of the Tansley Southland Branch based in Invercargill. He expertise covers the maintenance, contracting and fire alarm services provided by the branch. You can find him hunting and enjoying outdoor activities in his spare time.

Shane Brown
Southland Branch Manager

Shane is responsible for the contracting division and relishes the client and staff relationships. He gets to be involved with an interesting variety of work through the Southland District and beyond! He spends his free time in participating at most sports and travelling locally and overseas.

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