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The Chief Executive of the NZ Transport Agency reports to the NZ Transport Agency Board. The board is appointed by the Minister of Transport and is responsible for making independent decisions on allocating and investing funds from the National Land Transport Fund. It publishes its planned programme of investment every three years in the National Land Transport Programme.

Find out more about the National Land Transport Programme

Board members

The Minister of Transport can appoint up to eight members to the board. Current members are listed below.

Sir Brian Roche – Chair

Sir Brian Roche

Sir Brian brings extensive governance, leadership and business experience to Waka Kotahi.

In 2017, he was named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the state and business.

He was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Post Group from 2010 to 2017 and chaired the Waka Kotahi Board from 1 August 2008 to 31 March 2010.

Brian chairs our Waka Kotahi Investment and Delivery Committee and is a member of our Risk and Assurance Committee.

Cassandra Crowley – Deputy Chair

Cassandra is a chartered accountant (Fellow), barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors.

In addition to her commercial advisory work, she holds non-executive directorship roles across several sectors of the New Zealand economy. These roles include chairing several audit, finance and risk committees and overseeing digital transformation. She is a past president of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has been recognised for her leadership and governance contributions with the Supreme Award for Excellence in Governance from Women on Boards.

Cassandra chairs our Risk and Assurance Committee and is a member of our Investment and Delivery Committee.

David Smol

David Smol

David has over 35 years’ experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in the energy sector in both countries, including as director of an Oxford-based energy consulting firm with clients in the United Kingdom and Europe, large energy utilities and transmission companies, renewable energy generators, regulatory bodies and government departments.

In 2008, David was appointed Chief Executive of the Ministry of Economic Development. From 2012 to 2017, he was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, where he was responsible for the stewardship of multiple regulatory systems.

David is an independent non-executive director of Contact Energy and chair of VicLink, the commercialisation subsidiary of Victoria University of Wellington. He was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2018.

David is a member of our Regulatory Committee.

Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor

Catherine is a chartered accountant and has held senior management positions in the public and private sectors, including five years as director and Chief Executive of Maritime New Zealand. Catherine understands transport sector regulatory issues and has always been interested in how regulatory tools can be used to achieve safety outcomes.

Catherine’s current governance roles include deputy chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, chair of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy Investment Advisory Group, deputy chair of Nelson Airport Limited, chair of Diabetes New Zealand, trustee of the John Nesfield Trust and trustee of the New Zealand Law Foundation.

Her past roles include director of the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research (now Plant and Food Research), member of the Civil Aviation Authority, member of the Building Practitioners Board, member of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and trustee of the Life Flight Trust.

Catherine chairs our Regulatory Committee and is a member of our People and Culture Committee.

Ken Rintoul

Ken has over 40 years’ experience in the public and private sectors of New Zealand and has extensive knowledge of the construction and civil industries, including business ownership in these industries. Having lived in provincial New Zealand all his life, Ken is also aware of the needs of rural New Zealanders.

In the past 10 years, Ken’s governance roles have included director of Far North Holdings, appointed trustee of Top Energy Ltd, appointed chair of Northern Rural Fire, chair of Youth Development Trust (YES programme), trustee of North Point Trust, ministry-appointed advisor to the TKEMK Trust, member of Rural Advisory Forum, advisor to Fire Emergency New Zealand, trustee of Hundertwasser Trust, member of Northern Transport Committee, and appointed chair of Northland College Transition Board.

Ken is a member of our Investment and Delivery and People and Culture Committees.

Patrick Reynolds

Patrick brings extensive expertise in urban form and transport analysis and advocacy, along with public sector governance experience to Waka Kotahi.

He has lectured in urban design at the University of Auckland and written about transport and the urban realm in books and magazines and online, most prominently at Greater Auckland. Patrick is a recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects President’s Award for his contributions to debates on Auckland’s urban issues.

He has served on boards for Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, and Rotorua Lakes Council.

Patrick is a member of our Investment and Delivery and Regulatory Committees.

Victoria Carter

Victoria Carter

Victoria has over 25 years’ experience as a director on the boards of NZX, private companies and council entities in the transport, tourism, education, property and arts sectors.

Founder of Cityhop, New Zealand’s first and largest carshare business, Victoria is a known expert on mobility as a service.

Victoria is a former Auckland City councillor and an accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In 2016, she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts, business and community. She holds a bachelor of laws from the University of Auckland.

Victoria chairs our People and Culture Committee and is a member of our Risk and Assurance Committee.

John Bridgman

John has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and project management roles across Australasia and Asia.

John is Chief Executive of Ōtākaro Limited. He has held a variety of senior leadership positions and governance roles at AECOM (including as industry director – civil infrastructure in Australia with responsibility for the company’s involvement in several of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects and as managing director for the New Zealand business), as well as governance roles on major infrastructure projects in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Board committees

The board has four committees.

Risk and Assurance Committee

Members:

  • Cassandra Crowley (Chair)
  • Victoria Carter
  • Sir Brian Roche

Regulatory Committee

Members:

  • Catherine Taylor (Chair)
  • David Smol
  • Patrick Reynolds

Investment and Delivery Committee

Members:

  • Sir Brian Roche (Chair)
  • Ken Rintoul
  • Cassandra Crowley
  • Patrick Reynolds

People and Culture Committee

Members:

  • Victoria Carter (Chair)
  • Catherine Taylor
  • Ken Rintoul

Board meetings

The board meets regularly between March and December, and board committees meet every two to three months.

View the schedule of board meetings in 2020

Board minutes

Minutes of board meetings are published following confirmation at a subsequent standard board meeting and completion of an internal process to identify any content needing to be withheld on grounds available under the Official Information Act 1982.

Read the minutes of past meetings

Board decisions

Find out about the board's recent investment decisions

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