Executive Team

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Peter Reidy

Chief Executive

Peter Reidy re-joined KiwiRail as Chief Executive in August 2022. He had previously held the same position from 2014 to 2018, before holding the role of CEO Fletcher Construction from 2018-2022.
Prior to KiwiRail, Peter was CEO of Downer New Zealand, and then held senior leadership roles with Downer Group in Australia and Singapore, including Board roles on the KeolisDowner Joint Venture operating Yarra Trams in Melbourne, and Gold Coast Light Rail. He has also held senior leadership roles with Todd Energy and Freightways New Zealand. More recently, Peter was Co-Chair of the NZ Government Construction Accord. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Auckland and has completed the CEO programme at Wharton University.

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Joanne Black

Chief External Relations Officer

Joanne rejoined KiwiRail this year having previously been its Communications Manager in 2020-22 and in 2015-16. She has an extensive background in journalism, including as a reporter in the Parliamentary press gallery. She has also been a political staffer in the Beehive, most recently in the Prime Minister’s Office.

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Jason Dale

Chief Financial Officer

Jason is a senior finance executive with almost 30 years’ experience as a CFO and Senior Finance/Commercial leader. Most recently CFO at New Zealand Steel, Jason has significant operational, commercial and financial leadership exposure in strategic change programmes at Sealord, PGG Wrightson and Auckland International Airport. He also held senior roles at Fonterra during its formative years, including the inaugural Director Global Supply Chain role.

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David Gordon

Chief Capital Planning and Asset Development Officer

David oversees KiwiRail's strategic capital projects. David joined KiwiRail in 2007 when he began working on the Wellington Regional Rail Programme as Project Director. More recently, David held the roles of GGM Asset Management and Investment, and GM Network Performance. Before joining KiwiRail, he worked as a consultant in the transport infrastructure business, was Planning and Development head for Wellington International Airport and a Senior Manager in the strategy consulting team of Ernst and Young.

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André Lovatt

Chief Infrastructure Officer

André is a commercially focused executive with more than 25 years’ experience leading teams to deliver major, high profile infrastructure projects across Asia Pacific. André joined KiwiRail from Auckland International Airport, where he was the Chief Infrastructure Officer from 2018 to 2023. He has previously held roles as the Chief Executive of the Arts Centre of Christchurch and as the Principal, Director and Singapore Leader for consulting engineers, Arup. He is currently the Chair for Blake (formally the Sir Peter Blake Trust) and has also acted as a Director of Christchurch International Airport.

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Andrew Norton

Chief People and Communications Officer

Andrew returned to KiwiRail in 2023, following a two-year secondment within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Andrew is a highly-experienced Human Resources leader with a track record in both large public and commercial organisations. Before joining KiwiRail in July 2014, he held senior and executive roles with Downer in Australia, all three District Health Boards in Auckland and the Public Service Association (PSA). Andrew brings a combination of senior executive level HR capability, an in-depth understanding of industrial relations, strong engagement skills with front-line engineering and customer service teams and experience in developing executive leadership in large organisations.

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Vanessa Oakley

Chief General Counsel, Company Secretary and Property Officer

Vanessa Oakley joined KiwiRail in August 2023 as Chief General Counsel, Company Secretary and Property Officer. Vanessa brings extensive executive leadership experience in roles at Chorus NZ, the Accident Compensation Corporation and with global wealth management company FNZ, along with 11 years in various public sector and regulatory organisations in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Duncan Roy

Interislander Executive General Manager

Duncan joined KiwiRail in March 2023. As Interislander Executive General Manager Duncan is responsible for the operational leadership of the Interislander ferries, including marine engineering, shipping operations, customer services, and shore side logistics. Duncan’s focus is ensuring the delivery of an excellent experience for Interislander’s diverse customer base of domestic and international passengers and freight customers (rail and commercial vehicles).
Duncan previously held senior positions in the New Zealand Army and wider New Zealand Defence Force.

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Siva Sivapakkiam

Chief Operations Officer

Siva is KiwiRail’s Chief Operations Officer, overseeing all operational parts of the business including commercial revenue, freight logistics, networks infrastructure, engineering, and rolling stock asset services, areas which account for around 3000 of KiwiRail’s staff. Prior to that he was the Executive General Manager Operations, overseeing the Freight Logistics, Networks Infrastructure, and Engineering business groups.
Siva joined KiwiRail in 2015 and has worked in various leadership roles, including General Manager Operations – Upper North Island and North Island Networks Services Manager. Before moving to KiwiRail Siva had more than 15 years in the roading and construction industries both as a consultant and as a contractor.

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Adele Wilson

Chief Customer & Growth Officer

Adele Wilson joined KiwiRail in August 2023 in the new role of Chief Customer and Growth Officer. Adele is an experienced senior leader who for the past six years has been head of the export business unit for Fonterra Brands New Zealand. Prior to that, she was global General Counsel for Fonterra’s consumer and foodservice business and has held roles in top tier law firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.