The NZ Transport Agency is a Crown entity governed by a statutory board. We are responsible to the Minister of Transport.
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.
Managing our business is our Senior Leadership Team (SLT), made up of our chief executive, six group managers and four regional directors.
Fergus is a former Chief Executive of Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA), Chief Operating Officer of Auckland Transport, Deputy Director General Transport Services of Transport for New South Wales and was Deputy Secretary Infrastructure & Services with the same organisation. In this latter capacity he was responsible for leading a team of 1,450 staff, managing an annual operating budget of A$5 billion and infrastructure and systems projects totalling A$11 billion over the next four years.
Jenny Chetwynd, Group Manager Strategy, Communications and Performance
Jenny 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 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 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 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.
Robert Broadnax, Acting Group Manager Planning and Investment
Robert joined the Transport Agency eight years ago as the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Planning and Investment Manager. He came from the Waikato Regional Council where he has held a variety of project management and executive roles. He is an experienced strategy and policy leader working with local and central government to resolve complex resource management and infrastructure issues. Projects he has worked on include geothermal issues, Lake Taupo water quality protection and producer responsibility programmes for agrichemicals, tyres and other waste products. At the Transport Agency, Robert has led our engagement in spatial planning and growth management programmes.
Barbara Harrison, Group Manager People and Capability
Barbara Harrison joined the Transport Agency in August 2016 after working for Northpower for 11 years. Barbara has significant human resources, safety and management experience, bringing with her extensive experience in leading people and capability teams. Barbara’s career spans leadership roles in infrastructure and industrial environments both in New Zealand and Australia. Barbara graduated from Wharton Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2014.
Ernst Zöllner, Regional Director Auckland/Northland
Ernst 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.
Parekawhia McLean, Regional Director Waikato & Bay of Plenty
Parekawhia has been with the Transport Agency since September 2016 after five and a half years as the Chief Executive Officer of Waikato-Tainui/ Te Whakakitenga o Waikato.
Parekawhia has more than 15 years of public policy and public sector management experience including being an advisor to three prime ministers during her time at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
She brings significant stakeholder management and governance experience to the role. For almost seven years she was director of her own company dedicated to advancing the creative potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources.
Parekawhia has Masters’ degrees in Social Sciences from the University of Waikato and in Public Administration and Development Policy from the University of Wisconsin. In 2014, she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato and in 2016 was a finalist in the Board and Management category for the Westpac-Fairfax Women of Influence Awards.
Raewyn Bleakley, Regional Director Central
Raewyn 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 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, Road Safety Director
Since July 2016 Harry has been leading road safety for the Transport Agency as Road Safety Director. He is passionate about improving road safety outcomes through close working with partners to ensure integrated, focused and aligned efforts which deliver results for people in New Zealand.
Harry joined the Transport Agency in 2008 as regional director for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. He has been the key contact with local government and other stakeholders and partners in promoting regional alignment with strategies, plans and government transport policy direction. He was also the Transport Agency’s first Freight Portfolio Director, ensuring freight initiatives are integrated and coordinated.
Harry was previously chief executive of Environment Waikato (now Waikato Regional Council), and held management roles with the former Child, Youth and Family Services, Department of Social Welfare, and IHC..