Peter commenced his role as Chief Executive, KiwiRail on March1, 2014. He brings to KiwiRail a successful track record of leading and building service and infrastructure-based businesses in the logistics, energy, building products and asset management sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom. Previously Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Services with Downer Group in Australia, Peter held a number of senior leadership roles with Downer Group since joining them in 2006, both in New Zealand and Australia, including Board roles on the KeolisDowner Joint Venture operating Yarra Trams in Melbourne and Gold Coast Light Rail.Prior to joining Downer Group, Peter held senior leadership roles with Fletcher Building, Todd Energy and Freightways in New Zealand.
Chief Financial Officer
Kate joined KiwiRail in March 2015. She is responsible for KiwiRail’s Commercial, Property, IT, Legal, Procurement and Government Relations portfolios, and partners with the other businesses to drive financial results. Prior to KiwiRail, Kate worked for Fletcher Building for six years, where she held several senior commercial roles, including GM Finance for Heavy Building Products and GM Finance for the Infrastructure Products Division. Kate is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Auckland University of Technology.
Group General Manager Operations
Rob joined KiwiRail in October 2016. With more than 30 years of operational and strategic experience in the rail sector, Rob brings significant leadership experience in leading bulk, intermodal and freight forwarding businesses.
Rob is based in our Stanley Street (Auckland) office and is responsible for rail freight, ferry operations, rail freight terminal and container terminal operations, ferry terminals, crew scheduling and operations.
Group General Manager Sales and Commercial
Alan joined KiwiRail in September 2013 and is responsible for the freight, commercial vehicles and passenger revenue portfolios. This includes marketing, pricing and sales planning to improve margin and revenue. He previously worked in freight and logistics sales and general management roles with CourierPost and Pace Couriers and had a successful 23-year career with the Bank of New Zealand in retail banking and branch strategy. Alan holds a Masters of Business Administration and Management from Southern Cross University in Australia.
Group General Manager Rolling Stock and Asset Services
Roy joined KiwiRail in 2016 and is responsible for KiwiRail’s Wellington-based fleet mechanical engineering teams, the Auckland-based locomotive and wagon asset teams and the company’s Northern, Central, Southern and Hutt field maintenance service teams. Roy has more than 30 years rolling stock asset maintenance and manufacturing experience, primarily with UK-based, global rail transport leaders Alstom Transport. Over the last two years, Roy has been responsible for establishing rail-maintenance practices for freight locomotives managed by Downer Rail Australia for large customers such as Pacific National and Victoria Transport. Before this he held a leadership position with the Waratah Train Project in Sydney, overseeing a successful $1.6 billion train-set build.
Group General Manager Network Services
Todd joined KiwiRail in February 2007 and is responsible for the delivery of infrastructure maintenance and renewals, Zero Harm performance, inventory and plant management, contractor management and leadership development. Before moving into his current role, Todd worked as KiwiRail’s Southern Development Manager and Southern Regional Manager - Infrastructure. Todd joined KiwiRail following a stint in the United Kingdom working for London Underground. Todd has a New Zealand Certificate of Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with first class honours.
Group General Manager Asset Management and Investment
David joined KiwiRail in 2007 when he began working on the Wellington Regional Rail Programme as the Project Director. Most recently, David held the role of General Manager Network Performance overseeing the Infrastructure and Engineering’s change-management and change-delivery programme, asset and business planning, finance, major plant & equipment, IT and network control. He previously worked as a consultant in the transport infrastructure business for organisations such as Wellington International Airport. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University.
Group General Manager Zero Harm
Huw joined KiwiRail in 2016 and is responsible for health and safety. Prior to joining KiwiRail, Huw was General Manager – Safety and Assurance for Transdev in Auckland. A passionate safety professional with a drive to deliver change, Huw has a wealth of operational and strategic rail safety experience earned during a successful 30 year career. He has held roles with a number of rail, light rail and bus businesses in the UK and Europe including major players such as First Group, National Express Group and as the Head of Safety for Eurostar UK.
Group General Manager Human Resources
Andrew Norton is a highly experienced Human Resources leader with a track record in both large public and commercial organisations. Andrew has previously held senior and executive roles with Public Service Association (PSA) NZ, Auckland District Health Board and his most recent role, Executive General Manager Human Resources for Downer in Australia. Andrew brings a combination of Senior Executive level HR capability, an indepth understanding of Industrial Relations in NZ and Australia, strong engagement skills with front line engineering and customer service teams, experience in developing Executive leadership in large organisations.