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We are 1372 people
Working in 14 locations from Whangarei to Dunedin

Who we are

The NZ Transport Agency is a Crown entity governed by a statutory board. 

We are made up of highly experienced people drawn from an expansive range of skills, including planners and policy analysts, engineers, business advisors, contract specialists, IT, legal, property and financial professionals.

Meet our board and find out about its functions

Find out more about our legal framework

Our structure

We are structured into six business groups:

  • Strategy, Communications and Performance – maps and sets the organisation’s destination, making sure it is aligned with the government’s direction, and monitors that we’re on the right track. 
  • Planning and Investment – works with local government on planning and investing in an integrated transport system. 
  • Highways and Network Operations – builds, maintains and operates the state highway network.
  • Access and Use – provides services such as driver licences and motor vehicle registration, and regulates transport operators.
  • Organisational Support – provides the organisation with information services, finance, legal, assurance and risk, and corporate support services.
  • People and Capability – ensures our people are supported and motivated so  we can deliver on our goals.

View a diagram of our organisational structure [GIF, 100 KB]

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

Managing our business is our Senior Leadership Team (SLT), made up of our chief executive, six group managers and four regional directors. 

Geoff Dangerfield, Chief Executive

Geoff Dangerfield, chief executive of the NZ Transport Agency

Geoff was appointed as the NZ Transport Agency's first chief executive in August 2008.

His previous roles include Chief Executive of the Ministry of Economic Development, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, and an advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He began his public sector career at the Ministry of Works and Development.

He holds an MSc in Resource Management (University of Canterbury).

Group managers

Jenny Chetwynd, Group Manager Strategy, Communications and Performance

Jenny Chetwynd, Group Manager, Strategy, Communications and PerformanceJenny started her current role on 30 June 2014. Previously, she was Regional Director Central, a position she held since joining the Transport Agency in 2008. Jenny has previously been Manager of Environmental Strategy for Transpower, and held policy and planning roles with the Porirua and Hutt City councils, the Ministry for the Environment and Boffa Miskell, an environmental planning consultancy.

Celia Patrick, Group Manager Access and Use

Celia Patrick, Group Manager, Access and UseCelia joined the Transport Agency in October 2011. She brought with her more than 20 years experience working in the financial services sector, including various executive roles with the Bank of New Zealand. Celia has also worked for Housing New Zealand as Director of Operations for Auckland. She has a graduate diploma in business and an MBA. 

Allan Frost, Group Manager Organisational Support

Allan Frost, Group Manager, Organisational SupportAllan was previously Chief Financial Officer and subsequently Chief Information Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, where he also sat on the ministry's management executive board. He has considerable experience in change, information services and financial management, and how to use them effectively to support business delivery. Allan is a chartered accountant by profession.

Tommy Parker, Group Manager Highways and Network Operations

Tommy Parker, Group Manager, Highways and Network OperationsTommy has been with the Transport Agency since 2008 and was with Transit NZ for four years prior to that. He has held various roles including Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland. He has a BA (Hons) in urban planning and a diploma in urban planning implementation from the University of Westminster, and an MSc in transportation planning and engineering from the University of Salford. Tommy has over 20 years' experience in transport planning in both the public sector and private consultancy.

Dave Brash, Group Manager Planning and Investment

Dave Brash, Group Manager, Planning and InvestmentDave joined the Transport Agency in December 2008 from the Treasury, where he was General Manager of the Emissions Trading group, leading the development of New Zealand's emissions trading scheme. This role was a two-year secondment from the Ministry for the Environment, where he was the general manager responsible for working with central government. He has more than 23 years experience working with central and local government agencies on complex policy reforms and putting them in place. He has considerable experience in the management of change. Dave has a BSc (Hons) in geography – specialising in hydrology and computer science.

Sara Broadhurst, Group Manager People and Capability

Sara Broadhurst, Group Manager, People and CapabilitySara joined the Transport Agency in 2013, bringing more than 14 years experience in human resources in New Zealand and the United Kingdom from a wide range of industries, including housing, manufacturing, banking and not for profit organisations. She has a strong track record of managing organisational change, organisational design, employee relations, recruitment and remuneration.

Regional directors

Ernst Zöllner, Regional Director Auckland/Northland

Ernst Zöllner, Regional Director Auckland/NorthlandErnst is a strategist, economist and urban planner with a passion for transport. Ernst joined the Transport Agency in 2008 as Group Manager Strategy, Communications and Performance. He  was appointed to his current role in 2014.

Previously, Ernst worked at Wellington City Council for over a decade in senior leadership roles in strategy, economic development, urban development and transport. During his career he has also lectured on infrastructure planning and urban economics at the University of Auckland, worked at Local Government NZ and as a consultant in private practice in Auckland, Wellington, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Raewyn Bleakley, Regional Director Central

Ernst Zöllner, Regional Director Auckland/NorthlandRaewyn joined the Transport Agency in October 2014 after two years as the Chief Executive of Business Central and Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce. From 2008 until 2012, she was CEO of Bus and Coach Association and Rental Vehicle Association, and before that was national operations manager for the Hospitality Association of New Zealand.

Raewyn has a strong background in leading and managing employer membership organisations as well as a valuable working knowledge of the transport sector and the broader business community throughout the central region. She brings significant commercial sector and operational management experience along with extensive stakeholder management experience.

Raewyn has a Bachelor’s degree majoring in human nutrition and a post-graduate diploma of science from Otago University.

Jim Harland, Regional Director Southern

Jim Harland, Regional Director SouthernJim joined the Transport Agency in February 2011 after 11 years as Chief Executive of Dunedin City Council. Before this he held senior roles in local government and the private sector, specialising in strategic thinking and change management. He was a tourism consultant for a number of years and initiated a tourism planning course at Auckland University. The World Health Organisation has used Jim's expertise in understanding and leading communities on several occasions to further their Healthy Cities Initiative.

He holds a Masters (Hons) in town planning, a diploma in town planning from Auckland University and a BA in geography from the University of Canterbury. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Harry Wilson, Regional Director Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Harry Wilson, Regional Director Waikato/Bay of PlentyHarry joined the Transport Agency in October 2008 and is the organisation’s key contact with local government and other stakeholders and partners in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. He is also the freight portfolio director for the Transport Agency nationally, a role which helps ensure that freight initiatives are as integrated and coordinated as they can be.

Harry was previously the Chief Executive of Environment Waikato (2003–08, now Waikato Regional Council) and Group Manager Resource Use (1998–2003). Previous management roles have been with the Ministry of Social Development and IHC.