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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David McLean


David McLean has had a career as a lawyer and banker. He retired in June 2021 after 7 years as CEO of Westpac NZ. During his time at Westpac David promoted a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives. David is a member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women, and is a former chair of the NZ Bankers Association, former co-Chair of Champions for Change, former chair, and Distinguished Fellow, of INFINZ, and former member of the council of Infrastructure NZ.

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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.

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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.

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Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai


Maxine was appointed to the KiwiRail Board in March 2020. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is a Trustee of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa New Zealand, and a Director of Raukura Hauora o Tainui. She is a past Chairman of Te Kauhanganui o Waikato and past member of the New Zealand Maritime Authority.

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Bruce Wattie


Bruce was appointed to the KiwiRail Board in March 2020. He has been specialising in providing corporate finance advice and assistance to clients since 1985. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 25 years and continues to provide a diverse range of commercial and financial advice to both the private and public sectors. Bruce is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
Bruce’s technical specialisations include large-scale infrastructure procurement processes, infrastructure financing, financial analysis, capital structuring, business case development, economic regulation, business and share valuations, and cost of capital.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics and Accounting and completed the International Business Programme at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. He is a Chartered Accountant with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.