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The Chief Executive of the NZ Transport Agency reports to the NZ Transport Agency Board. The board is appointed by the Minister of Transport and is responsible for making independent decisions on allocating and investing funds from the National Land Transport Fund. It publishes its planned programme of investment every three years in the National Land Transport Programme.

Find out more about the National Land Transport Programme

Board members

The Minister of Transport can appoint up to eight members to the board. Current members are listed below.

Sir Brian Roche - Chair (Wellington)

Sir Brian Roche

Brian brings extensive governance, leadership and business experience to the NZ Transport Agency.

In 2017, he was named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and business.

He was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Post Group from 2010 to 2017 and was previously Chair of the Transport Agency Board between August 2008 and March 2010.

Nick Rogers (Auckland)

Nick Rogers

Nick is a geotechnical specialist with expertise in land stability, foundation support and natural disaster assessment.

He has over 34 years’ experience on major infrastructure projects and in conducting land damage assessments for the Earthquake Commission in New Zealand.

He has also worked on projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Nick has been a director for Tonkin and Taylor, and the international development consulting firm ANZDEC.

Nick was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for his services in natural disaster assessment throughout New Zealand, and in the recovery work in Christchurch during and after the Canterbury earthquakes.

Mark Darrow (Auckland)

Mark Darrow

Mark is an experienced businessperson and director, specialising in corporate governance. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a chartered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

He has significant experience across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, agriculture, education, technology and automotive.

He is currently Chairman for The Lines Company, Primary ITO, Armstrong Motor Group and Signum Holdings, and a director for Counties Manukau District Health Board and Balle Bros Group.

Mark is based in Auckland and has family ties to the King Country and Bay of Plenty.

Sheridan Broadbent (Auckland)

Sheridan Broadbent

Sheridan has been working in executive and governance roles in the infrastructure, technology and energy sectors in New Zealand and Oceania for over 20 years.

A chartered director, Sheridan was also the inaugural graduate of the New Zealand Institute of Directors Future Director programme.

Sheridan is presently Deputy Chair of Kordia Group; a Director of Transpower and Timberlands; and company secretary and steering group member of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.

Leo Lonergan (Wellington)

Leo Lonergan

Leo is a retired senior executive from the energy industry who spent most of his career working internationally.

Leo returned to New Zealand in 2013 after a 36-year career with Caltex and Chevron Corporations, including executive assignments in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He was elected an officer of Chevron in 2005 and most recently led Chevron’s worldwide procurement and supply chain organisations with a team of 5000 people and global spend of US$50 billion per year.

He is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is deputy chair of the Victoria University Foundation.

Vanessa van Uden (Queenstown)

Vanessa van Uden

Vanessa completed one term as a Councillor on the Queenstown Lakes District Council before becoming Mayor in 2010. At the October 2016 election Vanessa stood down and has re-established her own company, Admin and Business Solutions through which she provides a wide range of business services to companies throughout the Queenstown area.

Vanessa has a Master of Business Administration and was awarded an ONZM in the New Year’s Honours 2017 for services to Local Government. She has been a member of the St John Area Committee since 2008, a Trustee of the Queenstown Trails Trust and a founding trustee of the Branches Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Lakes Baby Box Trust.

David Smol (Wellington)

Photo of David Smol.

David has over 35 years of experience in New Zealand and the UK in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in the energy sector in both countries, including as director of an Oxford-based energy consulting firm, with clients in the UK and Europe, including large energy utilities and transmission companies, renewable energy generators, regulatory bodies and government departments.

In 2008 David was appointed as chief executive of Ministry of Economic Development and from 2012-2017 was the inaugural chief executive of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, in which capacity he was responsible for the stewardship of multiple regulatory systems.

David is an Independent Non-Executive Director for Contact Energy and is Chair of VicLink, the commercialisation subsidiary of Victoria University. He was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2018.

Board committees

The board has three committees:

  • Investment and Operations Board Committee
  • Audit, Risk and Assurance Board Committee
  • Remuneration and Human Resources Board Committee.

Board meetings

The board meets regularly between March and December, and board committees meet every two to three months.

View the schedule of board meetings in 2019

Board minutes

Minutes of board meetings are published following confirmation at a subsequent standard board meeting and completion of an internal process to identify any content needing to be withheld on grounds available under the Official Information Act 1982.

Read the minutes of past meetings

Board decisions

Find out about the board's recent investment decisions