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Auckland Transport is a council controlled organisation (CCO). A CCO is an organisation in which a local authority controls 50% or more of the votes, or has the right to appoint 50% or more of the directors or trustees. Auckland Transport currently has eight board members and two CCO liaison councillors.

Board of directors

CCO liaison councillors

Role and appointment process

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

  • Between 6 and 8 voting directors are appointed by Auckland Council and will generally serve a term of 1 to 3 years and then may be re-appointed by Auckland Council for a further 3 years.
  • Two of those directors may be members of Auckland Council.
  • In addition, 1 non-voting member is nominated by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.

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


Adrienne Young-Cooper - Chair

Adrienne Young-Cooper has a background in strategic city planning and has been an independent director on resource, transport, housing and urban development companies for almost 20 years. Adrienne’s driving passion as a professional director is to support the creation of sustainable, beautiful, and diverse communities that are well connected by transport networks and services. It is her view that transport investment must support and incentivise sustainable urban development and position New Zealand for a lower carbon future.

In Adrienne’s previous governance roles at Auckland Regional Transport Network Limited and Auckland Regional Transport Authority (which both precede Auckland Transport) Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, she has overseen the delivery of major capital projects including Britomart Rail Station, electrification and double tracking of the Auckland commuter rail system, the Northern Busway and the Waterview tunnel.

Adrienne holds a Master of Science from Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Chair of Panuku Development Auckland Limited.
  • Acting Chair of Queenstown Airport Corporation Limited.
  • Director of Westhaven Marina Limited.
  • Chair of Cornwall Park Trust Board Incorporated.
  • Chair of Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Trust and Medical Trust.

Wayne Donnelly - Deputy Chair

Wayne Donnelly has a specialisation in Civil Engineering with experience across transport, city planning and construction in New Zealand, Britain and Hong Kong.

Wayne shares his passion for good planning and engineering through positions he’s held in the former Auckland City Council, as a former Chief Executive of Rodney District Council and Land Transport New Zealand (now Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency) and as Deputy Secretary of Transport for Road and Rail. Wayne holds a first class honours Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Managing Director of Donnelly Consulting Limited.

Darren Linton

Darren Linton has an extensive background in organisational change, marketing and communications and digital transformation across a number of industries and large international companies. Darren is passionate about customer engagement and building diverse and inclusive cultures. Having held senior leadership roles in New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK over the past 25 years, he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Yellow New Zealand, which recently won a Diversity New Zealand award for its work on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He returned to his home, Auckland, 4 years ago after spending 19 years in the UK. Darren holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Marketing and Management from the University of Auckland.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Yellow New Zealand.
  • Independent Director of Hype & Dexter.

Kylie Clegg

Kylie Clegg has a corporate legal background having specialised in mergers, acquisitions and corporate governance advice across a range of industries. Her previous governance roles include Counties Manukau District Health Board, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the Halberg Foundation. Kylie was also previously an Auckland Transport board observer. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Deputy Chair of Waitematā District Health Board.
  • Director of Sport New Zealand.
  • Director of High Performance Sport New Zealand.
  • Trustee (ex-officio member as Waitematā DHB Deputy Chair) of the Well Foundation.
  • Trustee and beneficiary of Mickyla Trust.
  • Trustee and beneficiary of M&K Investments Trust.

Dr Jim Mather

He tātai whakapapa a Tākuta Jim Mather nō Ngāti Awa me Tūhoe, Dr Jim Mather is of Ngāti Awa and Tūhoe descent. Dr Mather specialises in Māori economic development with a driving passion for education, media and health. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Dr Mather has held positions as Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Trust, Māori Television and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and was awarded the New Zealand Army Sword of Honour in recognition of his distinguished achievement in Officer training.

Dr Jim Mather holds a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, a Master of Business Administration from Henley Business School and a PhD in Māori Economic Development from the Auckland University of Technology.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Chair of Radio New Zealand.
  • Chair of Lakes District Health Board.
  • Chair of InZone Education Foundation.
  • Chair of Ako Mātātupu/Teach First.
  • Director of New Zealand Health Partnerships Limited.
  • Director of Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited.
  • Managing Director of Mather Solutions Limited.
  • Member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Risk and Advisory Committee.

Dame Paula Rebstock, DNZM

Dame Paula Rebstock is an Auckland based economist and company director. Dame Paula has held positions as Chair of the Commerce Commission and the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Commission and as Deputy Chair of KiwiRail Holdings.

In the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Dame Paula Rebstock was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public services and the 2016 New Year Honours, she was promoted to Dame Companion of the same order for services to the State. Dame Paula Rebstock holds a Master of Science in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests: 

  • Chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation.
  • Chair of the Finance, Risk and Assurance Committee for the Auckland District Health Board.
  • Chair of New Zealand Defence Force Advisory Board.
  • Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia.
  • Chair of National Hauora Coalition.
  • Director of Kiwi Group Holdings Limited.
  • Director of Vector Limited.
  • Director/Shareholder of "ON BEING BOLD".
  • Senior Consultant (Advisory) at Strategis.
  • Director of Sealink Ltd.

Mary-Jane Daly

Mary-Jane Daly has a strong background in banking and finance with wide ranging experience in these professions within New Zealand and the UK. Since embarking on a governance career, Mary-Jane has held a number of governance roles across the public and private sector. Her last executive role was as Executive General Manager of State Insurance and she previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Insurance Australia Group (IAG) New Zealand.

Mary-Jane holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and International Business from Cass Business School London, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Chair of The Earthquake Commission.
  • Director of Kiwi Property Group Limited.
  • Director of Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Limited.

Nicole Rosie

  • Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency Representative
  • Non-voting member

CCO liaison councillors


Councillor Bill Cashmore

  • Deputy Mayor
  • Franklin Ward
  • CCO Liaison Councillor
  • Non-voting member

Councillor Chris Darby

  • North Shore Ward
  • CCO Liaison Councillor
  • Non-voting member

You may also be interested in:

Board meeting calendar and board reports

Executive team


For more information

Contact Auckland Transport