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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.


Brett Gliddon – General Manager Transport Services

Brett joined Transit New Zealand before it merged with Land Transport NZ to become Waka Kotahi. 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 Te Roopu Waeture | 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 operational roles in Orica in Australia for over 10 years.

Greg holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.


Chris Lokum – General Manager Pūmanawa Tāngata | People

Chris joined Waka Kotahi as General Manager, Pūmanawa Tāngata | People in June 2019. She is passionate about people and culture, and brings a strategic, commercial and business lens to her work. Chris is a human resources generalist with over 25 years of experience, and is known for delivering organisational change, increasing organisational capability and providing strategic leadership.

Chris has qualifications in human resources, economics, management and psychology and has completed executive programmes at Michigan and Cornell Universities. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and served on the boards of the Australian National Association of Women in Operations and Australian Terminal Operation Management.

Prior to her appointment, Chris held a number of senior positions in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK including as Vice President HR Fuels in Asia Pacific at BP.


Karen Jones – General Manager Te Waka Kōtuia | 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 the Waka Kotahi 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.


Liz Maguire – Chief Digital Officer

Liz Maguire

Liz joined Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in October 2021 as Chief Digital Officer.

Liz is a seasoned leader who brings significant experience with leadership of large transformation programmes, payments and digital technology. She is the former Head of Digital and Transformation at ANZ Bank in New Zealand and was a member of ANZ NZ’s executive leadership team for four years.

Liz is passionate about using digital technology to improve the services we provide to New Zealand and New Zealanders.

Liz is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and serves on the board of Education Payroll Ltd, a Crown entity. Liz has a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Studies and Labour Relations from the University of Auckland.


Richard May – Chief of Staff

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.