The Board of Directors of KiwiRail is appointed by the Shareholding Ministers and KiwiRail’s performance is accountable to those Ministers. The Shareholding Ministers may jointly remove directors at any time and entirely at their discretion.

The role of the Board is to guide the strategic direction of KiwiRail and to direct and oversee management of the organisation.

The Board establishes objectives and sets strategies for KiwiRail, then monitors the performance of KiwiRail’s executive team against those strategies. The Board delegates the day–to–day management of KiwiRail to the Chief Executive.

Typically the Board meets once a month, and board directors also form sub-committees covering Health & Safety, the Environment, Assets and Infrastructure, and Property.

KiwiRail Board of Directors

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Brian Corban


Brian Corban was appointed to the KiwiRail Board as Deputy Chair in July 2018, and as Chair in July 2019. Brian is an Auckland-based company director and lawyer. His experience includes Chair of Genesis for 10 years, Chair of Radio New Zealand Ltd, and the Foundation Chair of Television New Zealand Ltd. He has previously served as Deputy Chair of NZ Railways Corporation/KiwiRail in 2008. He is also Chair of the Melanesian Trust Board, a Board member of Auckland War Memorial Museum, a director of Ngatarawa Wines and a number of private companies and a trustee of various community trusts. He is a former Chair of Auckland City Mission and member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

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Sue McCormack

Deputy Chair

Sue practised as a corporate commercial lawyer for 35 years before retiring from partnership in 2019. She is the Chancellor of the University of Canterbury and has previously been a director of the Lyttelton Port Company Limited, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Public Trust.

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Noel Coom


Noel has more than 45 years diverse experience in the international shipping and rail sectors having held senior management positions in New Zealand, the United States, and in Australia. Noel was formerly NZ Chair of the International Container Lines committee (ICLC).

Hazel Armstrong
Hazel Armstrong


Hazel is a lawyer specialising in ACC, health and safety, employment law and professional ethics. She sits on the NZ Law Society ACC Committee.
She also has undertaken inquiries on behalf of government and organisations and in 2014 she was part of a three-person inquiry into safety in the forestry sector. She has worked with KiwiRail and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union on safety related issues including the Otira and Kaimai tunnels, locomotive engineer health and supporting KiwiRail health and safety action teams.
She is a director of Community Law and has previously been a director of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Fiona Mules
Fiona Mules


Fiona commenced her career as an investment banker specialising in transactions and valuations. After more than a decade in the private sector, Fiona was brought in by the New Zealand Treasury to help establish a Public-Private-Partnership programme in New Zealand. Fiona was responsible for building and leading a centre of PPP expertise within the Treasury; developing the strategic and policy frameworks for implementing PPPs in New Zealand; and leading the structuring, negotiation and execution of the catalyst PPP transactions. Since leaving the Treasury, Fiona has pursued a governance career, which includes Government board appointments, and continues to remain involved in large scale infrastructure financing and procurement in a consulting role.

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Rachel Pinn


Rachel is the director of her own transport consultancy business. She brings significant local and central government experience in strategic transport planning, passenger transport and procurement. Rachel has board experience in both central government and the not-for-profit sector.
Rachel is the Chairperson of the Tauranga Budget Advisory Service, on the Bay of Plenty Department of Conservation Board and a member of Tauranga City Council’s Heart of the City technical advisory group. Rachel is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and has a master’s degree in transport studies.

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Mike Williams


Mike is CEO of the New Zealand Howard League, a long established penal reform charity dedicated to prisoner education, reducing reoffending, and assisting with positive reintegration into communities.
A former New Zealand Labour Party President, Mike was previously a director of Genesis Energy, the NZ Transport Agency, GNS Science, The Auckland Regional Transport Authority, Auckland Transport and Ontrack.
He established two companies - Insight Research (now UMR), a market research company and Insight Data, which specialised in data management software and marketing.