Board of directors Board of directors

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 2 CCO liaison councillors.

Board of directors

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 (Tāmaki 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

Richard Leggat - Chair

Richard Leggat, Chair of AT Board of Directors

Richard was appointed independent Board Chair of Auckland Transport from February 2024.

Richard has been a full-time professional director for over 10 years with a range of public sector and private sector roles along with directorships on sports, conservation and iwi boards.  

Prior to these governance roles Richard worked in the finance sector for 15 years and prior to that in apparel manufacturing.

He was on the board of Waterfront Auckland and then Eke Panuku and currently chairs Westhaven Marina Ltd, so is familiar with Auckland Council process.  

He is a keen outdoors person and sportsman having played cricket at provincial level and is a regular cyclist and skier.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Chair of Save the Kiwi.
  • Chair of Hamilton Waikato Tours.
  • Chair of Westhaven Marina Limited.
  • Trustee of Rakiura Māori Lands Trust.
  • Member of the UCI Ethics Commission.
  • Director or Trophy Metropolitan Limited.
  • Director and Shareholder of Mortleg Limited.
  • Director of the Winter Games.

Mark Darrow - Deputy Chair

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Mark Darrow lives in Auckland and is an experienced Independent Board Chair and Director with extensive knowledge across many sectors. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Mark is currently Chair of TSB Bank, Armstrong’s, Invivo & Co, MTF Finance, and Riverton Dairies Farms and from March 2023 Chairs Inland Revenue’s Risk and Assurance Committee.

Previous Board roles have included Waka Kotahi (NZTA), Counties Manukau DHB, The Lines Company, Leighs Construction, Primary ITO, Sime Darby NZ, Charlies Group, Trustees Executors, MTA and VTNZ and was seconded to Eke Panuku’s Audit and Risk Committee during 2020-21.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Chair of the Advisory Board of Armstrong's.
  • Member (Chair from March 2023) of the Risk and Assurance Committee of Inland Revenue Department (Te Tari Taake).
  • Independent Chair of Invivo & Co Limited.
  • Independent Chair of Motor Trade Finance Group.
  • Independent Chair of Riverton Dairies.
  • Independent Chair of TSB Bank.
  • Independent Director of Eastside Holdings Limited.
  • Shareholder of PPM SPV Limited.
  • Shareholder via AOL Nominees Limited of Auction Online.
  • Shareholder and Director of MCD Capital Limited.
  • Trustee of Tudor Park Trust.
  • Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
  • Justice of the Peace of New Zealand.

Raveen Jaduram

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Raveen Jaduram is a dedicated infrastructure leader, with over 38 years of experience in the water environment and infrastructure and Bachelors, Honours and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering.

He has also held chief executive and senior roles in private and public sectors in Australia and in New Zealand, most recently Chief Executive of Watercare Services Limited. He has extensive experience in transforming organisations, creating customer value and contributing to community outcomes.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Board Member of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission.
  • Board Member of Apopo Infrastructure Asset Management Professionals.
  • Advisory Board member of the Institute of Strategic Leadership.
  • Director of Jaduram Limited.
  • Director of Jaduram Investments Limited.
  • Director of JN Jaduram Corporation Pte Limited (Fiji).
  • Director of Jaduram Properties Pte Limited (Fiji).
  • Director of Mayim Limited.
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Group for Local Water Done Well.
  • Member of the Asian Business Advisory Group for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Henare Clarke

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Henare Clarke is an experienced general manager with over 40 years’ experience in roading construction, road and infrastructure maintenance, and rail infrastructure, more than 30 of which were spent working across the Auckland region.

He is a past General Manager of Higgins Contractors, has held several general management roles at KiwiRail including General Manager Operations and Group General Manager, and spent nine years with Downer Construction in senior regional roles. Henare was on the Board of the Kaikoura Earthquake Rebuild and Not for Profit organisations.

Current roles and general disclosure of interests:

  • Consultant at Martinus Rail NZ.
  • Consultant at Ministry for Social Development Trade Training (Carpentry).
  • Trustee at Somerville Intermediate.
  • CEO of Genesis Youth Trust.

Julie Hardaker

Julie Hardaker is a practicing lawyer and experienced independent director and chair in a range of public, private and not for profit roles. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and has first class LLB (Hons) and MMS (Hons) from Waikato University.  Julie is currently Deputy Chair of Bay Venues Ltd, Chair of Chartered Governance Institute New Zealand and Women on Boards New Zealand, Chair of Orchestras Central Trust and trustee of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. 

Julie is the former Mayor of Hamilton and previous board roles include chair of the Environmental Protection Authority and Heads of Australasian Environmental Protection Authorities.

Andrew Ritchie

Andrew Ritchie has had over thirty years' experience as a leader across the transport and tourism industries, with a notable focus on public transport as Director of Operations for Ritchies Transport Holdings. He is also a former chair of Northland Rugby. Andrew currently chairs North Harbour Rentals and Traveller Australia.

Andrew is known for his ability to build and nurture relationships across different sectors, often serving as an advisor on complex issues. Actively involved in the Auckland community, he contributes to local fundraising events, demonstrating his commitment to community welfare.

With expertise in long term planning and asset stewardship, Andrew is dedicated to delivering tangible results that positively impact stakeholders and the broader community.

Richard May

Richard joined Waka Kotahi in May 2018 and has served as Senior Manager Government and Deputy General Manager Te Waka Kōtuia Engagement and Partnerships. He was appointed as Chief of Staff in August 2021, and works closely with our Board, Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team to guide the strategic priorities and partnerships of Waka Kotahi.

Prior to joining Waka Kotahi, Richard built up extensive experience in the New Zealand Parliament, spending 12 years in various roles including as a Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Minister of Transport and Defence and as Chief of Staff to a Government support partner.

Councillor Andrew Baker

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Andy Baker is the Auckland Councillor for the Franklin Ward.

Andy has extensive governance experience having been the Chair of Franklin Local Board of Auckland Council for the 2010 – 2016, 2019 – 2022 terms (and serving as Deputy Chair 2016 – 2019). He previously Chaired Regional Civil Defence and Rural Fire Committees, was a Chair of the Auckland District Licensing Committee and involved in numerous community and sporting organisations.

Prior to becoming an elected member at Auckland Council, Andy worked across various industries and roles including as a Police Officer, dairy farmer, restaurateur, company director, Council road safety co-ordinator and emergency management (civil defence / rural fire) manager.

Councillor Chris Darby

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Councillor Chris Darby is a Councillor for the North Shore Ward. He is focused on public transport, urban regeneration and environmental issues. Chris has been a strong advocate for public transport, cycling and road safety throughout his 19 years as an elected representative. He has advocated for light rail to the North Shore and the elevation of ferry transport.

Councillor Darby chaired the Auckland Council Planning Committee (2016 – 2022) and is currently a council sponsor for the Auckland Light Rail (ALR) project, having been an inaugural director of the ALR Establishment Board. Prior to becoming an Auckland Councillor, he was chair of the Devonport – Takapuna Local Board (2010 -2013) and a North Shore City Councillor (2004 – 2010), where he was deputy chair of the Infrastructure Committee and North Shore City Council’s representative on the Regional Transport Committee and Northern Corridor Steering Group, overseeing the delivery of the Northern Busway.

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