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Board of directors

Auckland Transport has been established as a council controlled organisation (CCO) with eight board members. A CCO is a company or organisation in which a local authority controls 50 per cent or more of the votes, or has the right to appoint 50 per cent or more of the directors or trustees.

Board of directors

Auckland Transport’s activities are directed and guided at a strategic level by the board of directors:

  • Five directors are appointed by the government to the board of Auckland Transport and will serve a term of one to three years with none serving longer than three years.
  • A further two directors are appointed by the Auckland Council to serve on the board during their council term.
  • A representative from the New Zealand Transport Authority serves as an advisor to the board.

The board has overall responsibility for delivering transport in Auckland; this includes managing and controlling public transport and local roads, as well as preparing the Auckland Regional Land Transport Programme.

All decisions relating to the operation of Auckland Transport are made by, or under, the authority of the board in accordance with the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Amendment Act 2009, the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009, and the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010. 

Auckland Transport board members

Dr Lester Levy

Dr Lester Levy is Chair of the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards, as well as Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School and a director of Tonkin & Taylor.

Previous roles include Chief Executive of South Auckland Health, the New Zealand Blood Service and MercyAscot Private Hospital Group (where he was a founder). He has previous governance experience chairing private healthcare, film and television production and biotechnology enterprises.

He is a graduate of Medicine, an MBA, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and has previously been awarded the prestigious King’s Fund International Fellowship.

He began his term as Chair on 1 November 2012.

Rabin Rabindran

A barrister and legal consultant, Rabin Rabindran is also a Director of New Zealand Liaoning International Investment & Development Company Ltd. He is the Singapore Chapter Chair on the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business Council and a Trustee of the Chinese Language Foundation.

His previous roles include Chair of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, Chair of the Rugby World Cup Transport Forum, Director of Manukau Water Ltd, Tomorrow's Manukau Properties Ltd and TMPL (Flat Bush) Ltd.

He will hold the position of Director for a period of one year.

Dr Ian Parton

Dr Ian Parton is a professional Director and followed a career in consulting engineering, including 15 years as Managing Director of Meritec/Worley Group, five years as Chair of Maunsell Ltd and is the former Interim Chief Executive of Watercare Services Ltd.

He serves as an Independent Director of VT Fitzroy Ltd and Industrial Research Ltd.

He will hold the position of Director for a period of two years.

Paul Lockey

Paul Lockey's early career with Lion Nathan Ltd included roles as Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.

He has broad governance experience, having served on subsidiary boards for Lion Nathan Ltd, as well as the Board of the Enterprise New Zealand Trust.

He will hold the position of Director for a period of two years.

Mike Lee

A councillor representing Waitemata and Gulf ward, Mike Lee is also Chairperson of the Transport Committee at Auckland Council.

Previously he completed his second term as the last Chairman of Auckland Regional Council. A former ship’s officer, he holds an MSc in biological sciences and is a passionate conservationist.

He will hold the position of Director for a period of three years.

Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher is a councillor representing the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward on Auckland Council.

Previous roles include Mayor of Auckland City (1998-2001), Member of Parliament for three terms(1990-1996), and Ministerial roles in Local Government, Women's, Cultural and Youth Affairs.

She will hold the position of Director for a period of three years.

Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert was Managing Director of BMW Group, both in New Zealand and Philippines, and has 30 years automotive industry experience.

He is formerly an Executive Member of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development (now the Sustainable Business Council) and President, NZ Motor Industry Association Inc.   Other current governance roles include Chair of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council; Trustee/ Director of Home of Cycling- Cambridge, Product Stewardship Foundation, APEV and Auto Stewardship NZ.

His appointment is for two years.

Mike Williams

Mike Williams is CEO of the New Zealand Howard League.

He has held several directorships in the transport area including Transit, Ontrack, The New Zealand Transport Agency and ARTA.

He is a former Deputy Chair of Genesis Energy and a former president of the New Zealand Labour Party. 

Geoff Dangerfield

Geoff Dangerfield is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Previous roles include Chief Executive at Ministry of Economic Development, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury in charge of Asset and Liability Management Branch, advisor on economic and fiscal strategy and Treaty settlements in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and assessing public sector resource investment and regional infrastructure projects at the Ministry of Works and Development.

He holds an MSc in resource management from the University of Canterbury.

Kylie Clegg

Kylie Clegg is a commercial lawyer with corporate governance experience across a range of sectors.  A former captain of the New Zealand women's hockey team, she has been a board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.  She holds a BCom (Accounting and Finance) and LLB from Auckland University.

She was appointed as a board Observer by Auckland Council in February 2014

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