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
The Minister of Transport can appoint up to eight members to the board. Current members are listed below.
Chris Moller, Chair (Wellington)
Chris is a non-executive director who chairs the boards of Meridian Energy Ltd and SKYCITY Entertainment Group Ltd.
He is also a director of Westpac New Zealand Ltd. He was previously Chief Executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Deputy Chief Executive of Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd, and a director of a range of joint venture and subsidiary organisations within the New Zealand dairy industry, both domestically and internationally.
Dame Fran Wilde, Deputy Chair (Wellington)
Fran is a non-executive director who chairs the Remuneration Authority, the Wellington Lifelines Group and the National Military Heritage Trust. She is also deputy chair of the Capital Coast DHB and serves on a number of other boards.
Fran was previously a cabinet minister, Mayor of Wellington, chair of the Wellington Regional Council and CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board, and has chaired or been a director on listed, privately held and government-owned companies.
Nick Rogers (Auckland)
Nick Rogers is a geotechnical specialist with expertise in land stability, foundation support and natural disaster assessment.
He has over 34 years’ experience on major infrastructure projects and in conducting land damage assessments for the Earthquake Commission in New Zealand.
He has also worked on projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Nick has been a director for Tonkin and Taylor, and the international development consulting firm ANZDEC.
Nick was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for his services in natural disaster assessment throughout New Zealand, and in the recovery work in Christchurch during and after the Canterbury earthquakes.
Adrienne Young-Cooper (Auckland)
Adrienne Young-Cooper is a businesswoman, full time professional director and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
She had a 30-year career in resource management and planning specialising in spatial planning, metropolitan growth and management (including infrastructure planning and large projects).
Adrienne was the Deputy Chair of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority and was a Board member of Maritime New Zealand. Her experience and contribution in transport governance is extensive. She also served as Deputy Chair of Waterfront Auckland.
She is Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation and a Director of the Hobsonville Land Company Limited. She also serves on several charitable trusts. Adrienne is based in Auckland and Wellington and has family ties to Taranaki.
Chris Ellis (Auckland)
Chris’s background spans the manufacturing, heavy construction and engineering sectors.
He is currently chairman of Energyworks Holdings Ltd, and Highway Group Ltd and serves on the board of directors of Worksafe New Zealand and Horizon Energy Ltd.
He has held CEO roles with Brightwater Group, and prior to that at Fletcher Building Ltd where he was Chief Executive of the Building Products Division.
Earlier he held general management roles in Winstone Aggregates and Fletcher Construction.
Chris has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury and a Masters degree (Engineering Science and Management) from Stanford University in California.
Mark Darrow (Auckland)
Mark Darrow is an experienced businessman and director, specialising in corporate governance. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
He has significant experience across a number of sectors including infrastructure, energy, agriculture, education, technology and automotive.
He is currently Chairman for The Lines Company, Primary ITO, Armstrong Motor Group and Signum Holdings, and a director for Counties Manukau DHB, MTA and Balle Bros Group.
Mark is based in Auckland and has family ties to the King Country and Bay of Plenty.
Leo Lonergan (Wellington)
Leo Lonergan returned to New Zealand in 2013 after a 36-year career with Chevron Corporation including executive assignments in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
He was elected an Officer of Chevron in 2005 and most recently led Chevron’s worldwide procurement and supply chain organizations with a team of 5000 people and global spend of $US 50 billion dollars per year.
Vanessa van Uden (Queenstown)
Vanessa van Uden completed one term as a Councillor on the Queenstown Lakes District Council before becoming Mayor in 2010. At the October 2016 election Vanessa stood down and has re-established her own company, Admin and Business Solutions through which she provides a wide range of business services to companies throughout the Queenstown area.
Vanessa has a Master of Business Administration and was awarded an ONZM in the New Year’s Honours 2017 for services to Local Government. She has been a member of the St John Area Committee since 2008, a Trustee of the Queenstown Trails Trust and a founding trustee of the Branches Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Lakes Baby Box Trust.
The board has three committees:
- Investment and Operations Board Committee
- Audit, Risk and Assurance Board Committee
- Remuneration and Human Resources Board Committee.
The board meets monthly from February to December, and board committees meet every two to three months.
View the schedule of board and committee meetings in 2017
Minutes of board meetings are published in the month following the meeting.
Read the minutes of past meetings
Find out about the board's recent investment decisions