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Our executive leadership team

Managing our organisation is our chief executive and our executive leadership team.

Nicole Rosie – Chief Executive

Nicole Rosie

Nicole Rosie joined Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as Chief Executive in February 2020.

Prior to her appointment, Nicole was the CE of Worksafe for three years. She has more than two decades of senior executive experience across the public and private sectors. This includes a range of industries and functions, such as transport and commercial firms including Toll NZ and Fonterra.

Nicole is passionate about making a difference and sees the land transport system and the critical roles Waka Kotahi plays across infrastructure, regulation and safety as being at the heart of a successful New Zealand.


Robyn Fisher – Director Office of the Chief Executive

Robyn joined Land Transport New Zealand in 2007 and has held a number of roles as part of Waka Kotahi since its inception in 2008 including portfolio management, Group Business Manager, Strategy, Communications and Performance and National Manager, Governance. Robyn took up a position in the Chief Executive’s Office late 2014.

Robyn has over 20 years’ experience in local government including land use consent, policy and leadership roles. Her first central government role was with the Office of Treaty Settlements where she was closely involved with the settlement negotiations for Te Arawa (land) and Ngāti Apa.

Robyn has a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Planning (Hons) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Negotiation and Mediation.


Carl Devlin – General Manager Rail and Mass Transit Services

Carl joined Waka Kotahi in February 2019. He is a highly accomplished, forward thinking and results orientated senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across the transport and infrastructure sectors in complex commercial, political and organisational environments.

He has built high performing teams, led complex multi-billion pound programmes and run business units within global organisations. His focus on high quality delivery, combined with an absolute focus on safety, stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility has earned him an exemplary track record. He has worked for global leaders in project development and project delivery; and extensively for owner operator organisations in both the public and private sector in the UK.

High profile projects in the UK have included London to Paris High Speed Rail; Heathrow Terminal 5, Sub-surface Railway Upgrade for London Underground and the development of the Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant in Wales.


Brett Gliddon – General Manager Transport Services

Brett joined Transit New Zealand before it merged with Land Transport NZ to become Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. He is a qualified civil engineer with more than 18 years’ experience in infrastructure planning, design and delivery, including maintenance and operations. Brett has been involved in the development of some of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure projects including the Northern Busway project, the Northern Gateway Toll Road project (New Zealand’s first electronic toll road), the Waterview Tunnel project and the Te Ara I Whiti (Lightpath) cycleway.

As Transport Services General Manager, Brett is responsible for overseeing design, delivery and management of a single integrated transport system. Brett’s vision for the future of the Transport Services Group is one of collaboration, both internally and externally, and continuing to build strong relationships with local authorities, customers and suppliers to become a true integrated transport system delivery group.


Kane Patena – General Manager Regulatory Services

Kane joined Waka Kotahi in April 2019 to lead the regulatory compliance group and help shape the future of land transport regulation in New Zealand.

Kane brings with him extensive regulatory experience from both the public and private sector. His expertise has also been publicly acknowledged as a previous recipient of the ‘New Zealand Compliance Practitioner of the Year’ award.

Prior to his appointment, Kane worked as the Wellington City Council’s Director of Strategy and Governance. He has also served as a Crown Prosecutor and been a partner at law firm Meredith Connell.


Greg Lazzaro – General Manager Safety, Health and Environment

Greg joined Waka Kotahi in March 2019 as the General Manager, Safety, Health & Environment.

Greg comes to Waka Kotahi from Fonterra where he held a Global Health, Safety, Risk and Resilience capacity and previously held Senior Executive positions in Health, Safety & Environment roles in Sodexo, UGL in Australia and various roles operational roles in Orica in Australia for over 10 years.

Greg holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.


Giles Southwell – General Manager Workplace and Technology

Giles joined Waka Kotahi in June 2017. His previous role was at Inland Revenue as the chief financial officer.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Giles has worked across the public sector since the early 1990s. His roles focused on improving business performance and value for money, identifying service improvements and delivering effective corporate governance and assurance. He moved to New Zealand in 2008 to work for the Office of the Auditor-General where he was responsible for leading work on improving service performance information.

In 2015 and 2016 Giles completed secondments as: Inland Revenue’s chief technology officer; the Ministry of Health’s chief technology and digital services officer; and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage corporate services group manager.


Chris Lokum – General Manager People

Chris joined Waka Kotahi in June 2019. Chris is a strategic and commercial senior human resources generalist with over 25 years as a business-focused professional and leader. She has a track record achieving organisational change, growth in organisational capability and providing strategic leadership. Chris has extensive experience in talent management, diversity and inclusion, reward and performance management, restructuring, learning and development, resourcing and coaching leaders.

She has held a number of senior human resources positions in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Chris was most recently working for BP across Asia-Pacific as Vice President HR Fuels and recently served on the boards of the National Association of Women in Operations and Australian Terminal Operation Management.

Chris has qualifications in human resources, economics, management and psychology. She has completed executive programmes at Michigan and Cornell Universities and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Karen Jones – General Manager Engagement and Partnerships

Karen joined Waka Kotahi in March 2020. She is passionate about working in large operational organisations and in roles that make a difference to New Zealanders. She is motivated by Waka Kotahi’s mandate to keep our country moving and to reduce harm through a safer land transport network.

Karen has a strong background in central government leadership. Before joining Waka Kotahi, she was Deputy Director General People and Engagement at the Department of Conservation where she led the human resources, organisational development, health and safety, security, customer engagement and office of the executive teams.  

Karen’s other previous roles include a secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as Executive Director Strategy, Governance and Engagement where she led the corporate support functions and assisted with the establishment of the new National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). She also spent more than five years working in the executive team at NZ Police as Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs, leading the internal and external communications, channels, media, social media, engagement and recruitment marketing functions.


Matthew Walker – General Manager Corporate Support

Matthew joined Waka Kotahi as General Manager Corporate Support in April 2020. Prior to his appointment he was the Group CFO at Auckland Council. Matthew’s career spans private and public sector experience and covers investment management, utility and local government sectors in NZ and Australia.

Within local government, Matthew’s contribution has included helping establish the Local Government Funding Agency, introducing new SPV partnership arrangements for greenfield infrastructure development and developing Green Bond debt programmes to finance assets and services that better support environmental sustainability.

Matthew is passionate about delivering outcomes that matter to New Zealanders and believes in strong partnerships and collaboration to drive enduring and successful outcomes.

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