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Experts supporting and guiding establishment of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission - Te Waihanga

A panel of private and public sector experts will support Treasury in the establishment of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission - Te Waihanga and guide the shaping of advice on key issues. All the panel members have considerable standing and expertise in the infrastructure sector.

Simon Allen
Chair, Crown Infrastructure Partners

Simon has extensive commercial experience including Governance in public entities, companies and charities.

He formed ABN AMRO New Zealand as a green-fields operation in 1988, leading it to become one of the country’s foremost registered banks. He resigned as Chief Executive in September 2009 (21 years).

Simon was the inaugural chair of New Zealand Exchange Limited (NZX) and of the Financial Markets Authority. He has also served on the Boards of McConnell Property, ABN Amro Craigs, Snowvision and Auckland Healthcare.   He is a past Chair of Auckland Council Investments and St Cuthbert’s College.  Mr. Allen is currently Chair of NZ Refining Company, a Director of AIG New Zealand, Xylem Investments Limited and Simon Allen Consulting Limited and a trustee of the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Jim Betts
Chief Executive, Infrastructure New South Wales

Jim is Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure NSW . He joined Infrastructure NSW in 2013 following almost 10 years in leadership roles at the Victorian Government.

As part of his role at Infrastructure NSW, Jim led the development of the 2014 State Infrastructure Strategy Update and the recent 2018 State Infrastructure Strategy, providing at total of over 200 project and policy recommendations to Government. Jim chairs the Infrastructure Investor Assurance Committee, reporting to Cabinet which monitors and advises on almost 500 infrastructure projects across Government.

Since the establishment of Projects NSW in 2015, Jim has also been responsible for the delivery of a number of the state’s infrastructure priorities, including the $3.4 billion Darling Harbour transformation along with new major projects including Western Sydney Stadium, Sydney Football Stadium, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct redevelopment and the Clarence Correctional Centre.

Jenny Chetwynd
Strategy, Policy and Planning General Manager, NZ Transport Agency

Jenny is the General Manager for Strategy, Policy and Planning for the New Zealand Transport Agency. She joined the Transport Agency in 2008 as a Regional Director for the Central Region, progressing to her current role of in July 2017.

Jenny has a background and expertise in strategy development, leadership, political interface, governance, organisational design and change, stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

She brings particular expertise in the integration of transport and land use planning, linking spatial planning with infrastructure investment programmes. She has worked across central and local government in spatial planning and infrastructure roles, and as a member of several transport investment decision-making forums. She has also worked in private practice.

Fiona Mules Fiona Mules
Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Board

Fiona Mules, who is Canterbury-based, brings expertise in public sector funding and procurement, especially in relation to large-scale infrastructure. Fiona previously led the Treasury’s Public-Private Partnership team. As a consultant, Fiona has provided commercial and financial advice to various government agencies, with much of her focus being on the procurement of infrastructure following the Canterbury earthquakes. Fiona also previously worked in the investment banking and corporate finance sector.

John Rae
Chair, National Infrastructure Advisory Board

John has a broad range of management and directorial experience with, and in, a variety of different of business sectors including banking, investment, venture capital, technology, infrastructure, construction, and engineering. He has had wide-ranging geographic experience with management and governance responsibility for operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe.

In addition to chairing the National Infrastructure Advisory Board which provides independent advice to Treasury and the Minister for Infrastructure, John is also currently a Director or Chairman of a number of other Boards across many sectors.

Sarah Sinclair
Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Lawyers and Board Member, Infrastructure New Zealand

Sarah is a partner at law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts. She is a specialist in procurement, infrastructure, construction and project finance (including PPPs). Sarah has worked in private practice and in-house in the infrastructure and construction sectors, both internationally and in New Zealand.

Sarah has been on the Board of Infrastructure NZ (previously NZCID) since 2012, is a trustee of New Zealand Housing Foundation, an officer of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association and is on the Board of MinterEllisonRuddWatts.

Last updated: 
Monday, 8 October 2018