Leadership change for NZ Transport Agency


After seven years at the helm of the organisation, NZ Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield has announced that he intends to finish his tenure in December 2015.

Transport Agency Board Chair Chris Moller said Mr Dangerfield had informed the Board of his decision late last week.

Mr Moller said that while the news marked a significant loss to the Transport Agency and to the wider transport sector in New Zealand, the Board was very grateful for the years of dedicated service and the consistently high results which Mr Dangerfield had delivered.

“Geoff was appointed to lead what was then a new and an untested Crown Entity when the Transport Agency was established in 2008 through the merger of the former Land Transport NZ and Transit NZ. Geoff harnessed the passion and the skills of those organisations and has worked tirelessly with his team to establish the Transport Agency as a top-performing organisation with an enviable record of achievement. Geoff will leave behind an organisation that is well positioned to continue delivering transport solutions which will help New Zealand to thrive.

“Geoff has decided that after seven years, the time is right for a change. The Transport Agency’s strategy and priorities are clear, the next three-year National Land Transport Programme has recently been successfully launched, and the Transport Agency is in good shape with strong leadership across all levels of the organisation.  The Board knows that Geoff will continue working hard over the next several months to ensure that the Transport Agency is in the best possible shape for his successor.”

Mr Moller said the Board also wished to recognise Geoff’s long and distinguished career in the public service, including as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Economic Development and Deputy Secretary to the Treasury. 

The Transport Agency Board will start the search and appointment process for a new Chief Executive immediately.