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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.

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.

Catherine Taylor

Ken Rintoul

Cassandra Crowley

Patrick Reynolds

Victoria Carter

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